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November 28, 2006   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
November 28, 2006

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A new vision for environmentalism, ideas for agro-tourism and Ag In The Classroom, and of course, the 2007 Outstanding Young Farm Family Awards will mark the program's 50th year as the Alabama Farmers Federation holds its Young Farmers Leadership Conference on Feb. 2-4 at Embassy Suites in Huntsville.

In addition, there'll be orientation and judging for Outstanding Young Farm Family contestants, a collegiate discussion meet and seminars on the importance of agricultural activism. Keith Gray, director of the Federation's Department of National Affairs, will also update farmers on the status of the 2007 Farm Bill.

Bruce Vincent, a third-generation Montana timber grower, will address the opening banquet on Friday night, urging Alabama's young farmers to help shape a new environmental vision for agriculture. Business manager of Vincent Logging, Vincent will also hold a Saturday seminar on "Activism 101" in which he stresses the importance of fighting for agriculture.

Shelaine Wise of the Mississippi Agro-Tourism Association will cover different aspects of coordinating agro-tourism into farming operations as well as activities for county Young Farmer Committees.

"This year's conference is certain to inspire and educate," said Brandon Moore, director of the Federation's Young Farmers program. "As we enter the 50th year of the Young Farmers program, it's clear that the challenges facing tomorrow's farmers are very real and something that none of us should take for granted. We've got to keep growing agricultural leaders who'll stand up for farming in Alabama and the nation."

Registration deadline is Jan. 5, and all children must be registered. For more information, contact your county Young Farmers chairman or Moore at bmoore@alfafarmers.org or call (334) 612-5159.

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