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December 06, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
December 06, 2010

Jerry Newby was elected to his seventh two-year term as president of the Alabama Farmers Federation during elections Monday at the organization's 89th annual meeting in Mobile. Newly elected and re-elected officers and directors are, from left: Front Row -- Dickie Odom Jr., District 8 director; Debbie Freeland, chairman of the State Women's Leadership Committee; Ben Haynes, chairman of the State Young Farmers Committee; and Ted Grantland, District 2 director; Back Row -- Hal Lee, vice president North Area; John Walker III, District 5 director; President Jerry Newby; David Bitto, District 11 director; and Ricky Wiggins, vice president of Southeast Area.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Jerry Newby, a Limestone County row crop and cattle farmer, was elected to his seventh straight two-year term as president of the Alabama Farmers Federation during elections Monday at the organization's 89th annual meeting here.

Newby, who delivered the annual report to about 1,200 members at Sunday's opening session, presided over the organization's business session in which almost 500 voting delegates elected new officers and board members. Officer positions are for two-year terms, while board members are elected for three-year terms.

Also retaining his position as North area vice president was Hal Lee, a Morgan County poultry farmer. The North area covers Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.

Ricky Wiggins, a Covington County cattle, cotton and peanut producer, was unopposed as vice president of the Southeast area. The Southeast area covers Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coffee, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Macon, Pike, Russell and Tallapoosa counties.

Elections were also held for four district board positions.

Ted Grantland, a soybean and wheat and feed grain producer who serves as president of the Morgan County Farmers Federation, took the District 2 seat, an area that covers Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties. He succeeds Steve Tate of Madison County.

Also new to the board of directors is Dickie Odom Jr., president of the Greene County Farmers Federation. Odom took the District 8 seat that covers Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens and Sumter counties. He succeeds Pat Buck of Sumter County.

John E. Walker III, a row crop and cattle producer who is president of the Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation, was elected to his third term in District 5, covering Bibb, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Tuscaloosa counties.

David Bitto, a peanut, soybean and beef producer who is president of the Baldwin County Farmers Federation, was also elected to his third term, retaining the District 11 seat which covers Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, Mobile and Washington counties.

Elected to one-year, ex-officio terms on the state board were Women's Leadership Committee Chairman Debbie Freeland of Mobile County and State Young Farmers Chairman Ben Haynes of Cullman County.

The Alabama Farmers Federation, with 430,000 members, is Alabama's largest farm organization and a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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