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January 30, 2008   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
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January 30, 2008

Brian Hardin
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Brian Hardin, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Horticulture and Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod Divisions for the past eight years, will move into the Federation's Department of Governmental Affairs as director of agricultural legislation effective Feb. 11.

"We are very pleased to have Brian accept this challenge, and we look forward to working more closely with him," said Governmental Affairs Director Paul Pinyan. "We know he will do an excellent job in the legislative arena because of his family farm background, education and knowledge of the issues facing Alabama agriculture. His passion for politics and agriculture are sure to benefit our members."

Hardin, a native of Moulton in Lawrence County, said the move enables him to work for all Federation members, including those he worked with in the horticulture and greenhouse, nursery and sod industries.

"Horticulture will always be special to me since it's my area of interest," said Hardin. "As a commodity director, I've gotten to know a lot of people within those industries, and I've been blessed with outstanding state chairmen and committees who have helped me all the way through."

"But this move will give me an opportunity to help people whether they are involved in cattle production, cotton production or whatever the commodity may be," he added. "I will be in a position to interact more with all of our members, and help do something that will impact every single member."

Hardin already has worked with numerous legislators on projects throughout the state, including recent efforts toward securing a guest worker provision in the nation's immigration policy. Another issue he sees critical to Alabama agriculture is addressing water concerns.

"Over the last two years, the drought has put even more attention on our water policy, even for those outside of agriculture," Hardin said. "And the immigration issue is something that we're trying to get the federal government to handle, but we'll still be facing some things that we will have to work through on the state level, too."

A graduate of Auburn University with a master's degree in horticulture, Hardin, 34, joined the Federation in April 2000 from Dow AgroSciences in Bradenton, Fla. He lives in Wetumpka with his wife, Kelli, daughter Emma (8) and son Judd (6).

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