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August 05, 2009   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
August 05, 2009

U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright
MONTGOMERY, Ala. --  U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright will return home to address about 700 farmers from all across the state Thursday when the Alabama Farmers Federation hosts its 37th annual Commodity Producers Conference Aug. 6-8 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Convention Center.

Bright, who served nine years as the mayor of Montgomery before his election to Congress last November, will address the annual gathering at the opening night welcome banquet. Bright, who represents Alabama's second congressional district, is the 13th of 14 children born to a Dale County sharecropper.

"This year's Commodity Conference promises to be one of our best ever," says Jimmy Carlisle, director of the Federation's Commodity Department. "We've got some very informative and interesting seminars that are certain to be helpful to our producers, and we'll get a chance to discuss some of the very pressing issues facing agriculture today. Plus, as our members know, the Montgomery area is rich in agriculture, and its central location will offer easy access to tour a wide variety of operations in outlying counties."

Attendees will board buses Friday morning for a series of tours to farms, related businesses and sites in Montgomery and surrounding counties. Among the stops will be a horse and cattle farm, catfish farms, a deer research facility and Hyundai's automotive manufacturing plant.

Saturday will be devoted to educational seminars designed to help farmers be more successful and update them on current agricultural issues, such as the climate change legislation now before the senate, agritourism operations and federal programs available under the 2008 Farm Bill.

Also Saturday, the Federation's Women's Division will again host its annual luncheon, along with its Cotton Sewing & Quilting Contest and new "tablescapes" competition. Members who won their respective county contests will compete for cash prizes in the categories of hand-stitched and machine-stitched cotton quilts and handbags or purses.

At Saturday night's closing banquet, Alfa Dental and Alfa Health will present Ian Varella, a ventriloquist who has opened for such notables as the Statler Brothers, Randy Travis and George Strait.

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