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May 24, 2011   Email to Friend 

May 24, 2011

David Cole
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Farmers Federation Area Organization Director David Cole, 31, has been named director of agricultural legislation for the state's largest farm organization.

Brian Hardin, assistant director of the Federation's Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department, said Cole will strengthen the Federation's voice at the Statehouse.

"David will bring enthusiasm to this position that will serve the Alabama Farmers Federation well -- in the county federations and in the halls of the Alabama Legislature," Hardin said. "He has a desire to grow and learn the legislative issues important to our members to an even greater depth, and to help develop and implement the policies of our organization.

"David's positive outlook and zeal for what's best for the Federation's members, and all of Alabama's farmers are an encouragement to me," Hardin added.

A native of Akron, Ala., in Hale County, Cole earned a bachelor of science degree in landscape horticulture from Auburn University in 2004. He owned and operated a landscape design business before joining the Federation staff in 2006. As the Area 7 organization director, Cole worked with Barbour, Bullock, Crenshaw, Macon, Pike and Russell counties. He credits the farmers in those counties for helping prepare him for his new duties.

"It has been a blessing to serve as Area Organization Director for Area 7 for the past four years. The membership and county board members that I have had the opportunity to work with have been an integral part in teaching me the principles on which this organization was founded," Cole said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for the farmers of this state, and I am looking forward to serving them in this new capacity." Cole added that he is humbled and excited to be selected for this new position.

"I am looking forward to this new endeavor with a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation. I believe the position in which I have been selected is crucial in protecting and enhancing agriculture and the values of our members," he said. "I feel that it is imperative that I work expeditiously in building a solid relationship with the members of the Legislature on behalf of the Alabama Farmers Federation."

Cole serves on the Leadership Advisory Board of the National Federation of Independent Business and the Advisory Board of the Pike Agriscience Academy. He and wife Lauren are active members of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery.

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