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June 24, 2009   Email to Friend 

HELMS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF ALABAMA FARM-CITY
Darryal Ray
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June 24, 2009

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. --  Jeff Helms, director of communications for the Alabama Farmers Federation, was elected chairman of the Alabama Farm-City Committee here Wednesday, succeeding Federation Administrator J. Paul Till.

Helms, a member of the National Farm-City Council for the past two years, praised his predecessor for the continued growth of the Alabama Farm-City Committee. "Under Paul Till's leadership, the Alabama Farm-City Committee has become one of the best in the nation," said Helms. "The Farm-City poster and essay contests are extremely successful, and now serve as a model for other state committees."

Till said Helms, who has been with the Federation's communications department for 11 years, is a good fit for the chairmanship position. "Communications and public relations play a huge role in the Farm-City program," said Till, who had served on the committee about 20 years, the last nine as chairman. "Jeff is extremely talented in this area. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation and on the state committee shows that great things are ahead under his leadership."

Helms said he would like to see greater involvement in Farm-City at the state and county levels by reaching out to other grassroots organizations that share similar goals.

He also embraces the National Farm-City Council's plan to become more issue-oriented. "Rather than simply distributing general agricultural information, Farm-City has an opportunity to focus on current issues, such as animal care, the environment and hunger," he said. "Those are the issues that really divide us, and the things Farm-City can address. The goal of Farm-City is to create a forum where these and other issues can be discussed in a way that fosters understanding and strengthens the ties that bind us together as rural and urban neighbors."


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