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August 06, 2008   Email to Friend 

COMMODITY PRODUCERS CONFERENCE OPENS THURSDAY
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
August 06, 2008

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Almost 800 farmers from across the state will begin gathering at Birmingham's Cahaba Grand Conference Center on Thursday for the Alabama Farmers Federation's 36th Annual Commodity Producers Conference.

The three-day conference, which opens with registration and a sewing and quilting contest on Thursday and concludes with a Saturday night banquet, also provides farmers an opportunity to learn about agricultural issues and visit the farming operations of other producers.

Friday is devoted entirely to touring farms and various business operations in Cullman, Shelby, Jefferson, Blount and Talladega counties. Five different tours will feature stops to a honeybee farm, a cattle and poultry operation, a sawmill, a goat farm, a Quarter horse farm, an on-farm ethanol plant and a bio-diesel operation. Tour stops also include Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, the Alabama Theatre, Blue Bell Creameries and Talladega International Speedway.

Saturday's seminars focus on many agricultural issues of importance to Alabama farmers. Among the topics are sessions on how ethanol is affecting the livestock industry, how farmers can play a role in renewable energy, farm security and farm-related crimes and the how the animal protection movement threatens animal agriculture.

A complete itinerary is available for download below.

Click Here For Agenda, Tour Info, Etc.


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