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January 10, 2011   Email to Friend 

WEATHER IS HOT TOPIC AS SNOW COVERS AFBF CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
January 10, 2011

Alabama Farmers Federaiton President Jerry Newby, left, accepted an award this morning from American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman during the Flapjack Fundraising Breakfast that benefited the AFBF Foundation for Agriculture.
Farmers love to talk about the weather, and when nearly 6,000 of them woke up to several inches of snow in Atlanta this morning, it was a hot topic of conversation.

Farmers from throughout the country, including nearly 200 from Alabama, began their second day of meetings today at the 92nd Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Georgia's capital city. The morning began with the Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to benefit the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby serves on the foundation's board of directors and received special recognition during the breakfast for his leadership and fundraising efforts. Among AFBF state organizations with large memberships, Alabama was recognized for giving the most money to the Foundation for Agriculture.

Also during the breakfast, the foundation revealed its new online game "My American Farm." The game teaches agricultural literacy to consumers and the public through an interactive computer game where players learn where food comes from in addition to learning how products get from the farm to their dinner plate. The game is available at MyAmericanFarm.org.

In addition to several breakout sessions where farmers will discuss everything from social media to crop production forecasts and animal care, conference attendees will hear from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during the final general session of the meeting this afternoon. Vilsack will highlight President Obama's efforts to revitalize rural America.

Following the secretary's remarks, Farm Bureau members will hear from keynote speaker Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs."




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