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December 08, 2011   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
December 08, 2011

Mitt Walker
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Federation has tapped Mitt Walker to be the new director of National Legislative Programs within the Department of Governmental and Agricultural Programs. Walker's career with the Federation began in 2005 as the director of Catfish and Meat Goat and Sheep Divisions.

"I am greatly humbled by this opportunity, and look forward to serving our members in this new role," Walker said. "However, I will certainly miss working on a daily basis with the Catfish and Meat Goat and Sheep Divisions. I have been blessed to work with some truly wonderful people whom I now count as friends."

Prior to his new position, Walker had assumed responsibilities working with environmental issues and regulations and matters dealing with the Clean Water Act for the Federation. He also co-chaired the organization's Agricultural Leaders For Alabama program with Young Farmer Division Director Brandon Moore.

In his new role, Walker will monitor federal legislation, regulations and issues for members relevant to policy approved by the Federation's voting delegate body. He will also assist counties and the state organization in the development and implementation of federal policy. He will serve as liaison between the Federation's members, Congress, federal agencies, government officials and all national agricultural groups. Walker will also collaborate with the American Farm Bureau on agricultural issues that are important to Alabama members.

"As more federal regulations are proposed and budgets continue to shrink, we have to be even more diligent in our efforts to make sure the positions of the Alabama Farmers Federation are effectively relayed to Washington," Walker said. "While it is a daunting task, especially in today's political climate, I look forward to the challenge, especially working on the new farm bill."

Jimmy Carlisle, director of Governmental and Agricultural Programs, said he is confident of Walker's ability in his new role over national legislative programs.

"I am confident that with Mitt's experience and his strong love for agriculture and this organization, he will serve our members well," Carlisle said.

Walker, a native of Clarke County, was an environmental scientist for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management prior to joining the Federation.

A graduate of Troy University with a bachelor's degree in environmental analysis and management, Walker lives in Montgomery and is a deacon of Pintlala Baptist Church. He and his wife, Brandi, have three children: Olivia (11), Addi Leigh (5) and Ford (4).

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