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October 06, 2011   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
October 06, 2011

Judson College President David Potts, front left, accepts a check from Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan, Sept. 29. The pledge from Alfa Insurance and the Federation will benefit Judson's Equine Studies Center. Also present were, from back left, Dickie Odom, district director and Greene County Farmers Federation president; Jake Harper, Southwest area vice president and Wilcox County Farmers Federation president; Jamie McConnell, State Equine Committee first vice chairman; and Nate Jaeger, Federation Equine Division director.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation pledged $50,000 to benefit Judson College's equine studies program Sept. 29.

The money, to be divided over a two-year period, will purchase a classroom in the Equine Studies Center. Once completed, the Equine Studies Center will be available for regional and state equine events including horse and trade shows, collegiate competitions, industry exhibits and equine educational conferences. It will also promote agritourism in that area.

"We are mindful of the fact that Alfa cares about places in small towns and rural communities all over this state," said Judson College President David Potts. "This contribution is the first funding we've received for the academic space in the equine center. It has been our dream to construct classroom space, and your contribution helps kick that process off for us."

Judson's equine studies program provides students interested in horses an opportunity to learn more about animal agriculture and prepare for a variety of careers that serve rural Alabama.

"I think the new equine program at Judson will pay big dividends in years to come," said Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan. "Farmers started this organization in 1921 with a mission to serve rural Alabamians with different issues. One of the issues facing us now is having enough qualified young men and women pursue degrees in large animal veterinary medicine and to come back and serve our farmers throughout Alabama. We hope Judson can plant some of those seeds with this gift."

Judson is the only college in Alabama to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies. It is also one of the few colleges across the Southeast to offer an equine science minor. Established by Baptists in 1838, Judson is the nation's fifth-oldest women's college.

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