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October 13, 2006   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
October 13, 2006

An address by American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman and expanded Young Farmers contests will highlight the Alabama Farmers Federation's 85th Annual Meeting Dec. 2-4 in Mobile.

Federation Administrator J. Paul Till said the meeting was expanded by one day this year to accommodate new programs and allow more time for members to visit and share ideas.

"Our affiliation with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has provided additional opportunities for our young farmers to develop leadership skills and compete with their peers from across the country," Till said. "The new format will allow time for these new programs and more time to inform our members on state and national issues."

This year's annual meeting theme, "Homegrown Values," captures the heritage, mission and vision of the Alabama Farmers Federation. "Farmers are the salt of the earth, and the Alabama Farmers Federation is proud to be an advocate for family values and the rural way of life," said Communications Director Jeff Helms. "We believe 'Homegrown Values' embodies the personality and character of our organization and its membership."

On the national scene, the AFBF is charged with defending the "homegrown values" of America's farmers. On Monday, Dec. 4, AFBF President Bob Stallman will share his thoughts on the challenges facing agriculture and what Farm Bureau is doing to address them.

New Young Farmers programs will include the Excellence in Agriculture Award and a Discussion Meet. The Excellence in Agriculture contest recognizes individuals and couples who promote the agricultural industry through their daily work but who are not involved in production agriculture.

Meanwhile, the Discussion Meet will help participants develop an understanding of agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach a consensus and solve problems.

In addition to these new programs, the Federation will recognize this year's Outstanding Young Farm Family at the annual meeting. That family will go on to compete nationally for the AFBF's Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award.

Other annual meeting activities will include the annual video report to members, an agriculture issues update by Dana Brooks of AFBF, a Sunday morning inspirational service featuring music by The Voices of Mobile, the voting delegate session, a Monday morning awards program and the Miss Alabama Agriculture and Talent Find contests.

For more information about the Young Farmer competitions, please contact Brandon Moore at BMoore@AlfaFarmers.orgor 1-800-392-5705, ext. 5159.

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