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June 21, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
June 21, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Coffee County Farmers Federation and Marengo County Farmers Federation each made pledges of $25,000, and Calhoun, Colbert, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Perry and Talladega counties also made gifts to Alabama 4-H recently.

The gifts bring to 15 the number of county federations that have pledged more than $130,000 to 4-H at the state level. That amount, combined with the $250,000 gift from Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation gift, makes the state's largest, most active and most diversified farm organization among the largest donors to the Campaign for Alabama 4-H.

"The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama 4-H have a long history of hand-in-hand support, and we are grateful to the county federations who have chosen to support Alabama 4-H at the state level," said Jack Odle, chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation.

"For more than 100 years, 4-H clubs have provided educational opportunities to rural children while helping shape our nation's future leaders," said Mike Kilgore, executive director of the Alabama Farmers Federation and general manager of Alfa Services Inc. "The Alabama Farmers Federation shares the 4-H mission to 'make the best better' and to improve the standard of living for rural Alabamians.

"Many of our county directors had their first leadership experiences as 4-H Club members," Kilgore said. "Today, they are giving back to the community by supporting contributions that will ensure the next generation has the same opportunities."

The organization's gifts are part of the Campaign for Alabama 4-H, an $8 million campaign to construct the first gold-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building in Alabama and to fund 4-H programming statewide.

The Alabama Farmers Federation/Alfa Insurance gift has been designated to support one of two laboratory classrooms in the Alabama 4-H Environmental Science Education Center on Lay Lake near Columbiana.

The Coffee County Farmers Federation made its gift in honor of Dan Presley, retired Extension agent in Coffee County. The Coffee County group has designated that the stage area in the building's auditorium be named to honor Presley.

A veteran 4-H agent from Enterprise, Presley retired in 1994 after 30 years of service with Extension. A former 4-H'er, Presley has been a member of the 4-H Foundation Club Board for 10 years.

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