YOUNG FARMERS TO GATHER FOR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- More than 300 young farm families from throughout the state will gather Friday through Sunday at Montgomery's Renaissance Hotel for the Alabama Farmers Federation's 2009 Young Farmers Leadership Conference, an event that not only serves to develop tomorrow's agricultural leaders but also is the first step in the Outstanding Young Farm Family competition as 13 state commodity winners are selected.
The OYFF program, now entering its 52nd year, seeks to recognize young farm families and farmers between the ages of 18 and 35 who are doing an outstanding job in their farm, home and community activities, and promoting a better understanding of agriculture with the urban populace.
Each commodity winner receives a plaque and $200 cash award. From the 13 commodity divisions, the top six finalists will be chosen. An overall winner is then selected from the six finalists, and will be named at the Alabama Farmers Federation's 88th Annual Meeting in Mobile in December 2009.
The overall winner receives a John Deere Gator, courtesy of the Federal Land Bank Association of Alabama, the use of a Dodge Nitro courtesy of the 67 county Farmers Federations, $500 cash from Dodge Trucks, a $250 voucher for Valvoline Oil products, a computer package sponsored by the Valcom Business Centers of Alabama and one year free membership in the Alabama Farm Analysis Association.
The state winner also receives an all-expense-paid trip to the 2010 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Seattle where he/she will compete for the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award. The winner of the 2010 Achievement Award receives a nicely equipped 2010 Dodge Ram Quad Cab pickup.
Activities for the Alabama Farmers Federation's Young Farmers Leadership Conference begin Friday, Feb. 27, 5:45-6:30 p.m., with an invitation-only reception for county Young Farmers chairmen, followed by the opening banquet.
Saturday activities include orientation for OYFF contestants at 7:45 a.m., followed at 8 a.m. by leadership development training and a seminar presented by Ag in the Classroom. OYFF judging begins at 8:30 a.m.
Damian Mason, a farmer from Indiana will give a humorous presentation titled "Humor for the Heart of Agriculture." Other workshops planned include an information session on the H2A immigrant guest worker labor program, followed by a presentation by the reigning 2008 Outstanding Young Farm Family, Chip and Lisa Stacey of Conecuh County.
Other activities include a Pedal Tractor Pull, county photos and the highlight of the conference, the 2009 OYFF Awards banquet.
For more information, visit www.AlfaFarmers.org or contact Brandon Moore, director of the Young Farmers program, at (334) 451-2867 or BMoore@AlfaFarmers.org.
Download 2009 YFLC Program Here