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January 23, 2012   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
January 23, 2012

Retired U.S. Army Chaplain Jeff Struecker will kick off the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 2012 Young Farmers Leadership Conference, Feb. 24-26 in Mobile.
Retired U.S. Army Chaplain Jeff Struecker will kick off the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 2012 Young Farmers Leadership Conference, as he speaks to more than 300 young farm families from throughout the state Feb. 24 at Mobile’s Riverview Plaza Hotel.

An Iowa native with over 22 years of active federal service, Struecker served for 10 years in the 75th Ranger Regiment. No stranger to war, his combat experience includes participation in Operation Just Cause in Panama; Operation Iris Gold in Kuwait; Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu, Somalia; and multiple tours in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

During the banquet, Struecker will share his experiences in Mogadishu, which inspired the movie “Blackhawk Down.” He will also speak on the importance of leadership during tough times.

Slated for Feb. 24-26, the Young Farmers Leadership Conference will also feature several workshops. Betty Wolanyck will host a workshop on the importance of being an advocate for agriculture; Custom Ag Solutions will host a workshop on risk management and crop insurance; and Brooke Poague, an attorney with Wetumpka-based firm Bailey and Poague, will host a workshop on wills and estate planning.

In addition to workshops, 17 state commodity division finalists will be chosen in the Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) competition.

Now entering its 55th year, the OYFF program recognizes young farmers and farm families between the ages of 18 and 35 who are doing an outstanding job in their farm, home and commodity activities and promote a better understanding of agriculture with the urban populace. Alabama’s 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Family will be announced during the Federation’s 91st Annual Meeting in Montgomery, Dec. 2-4.

Registration for the OYFF program and the Young Farmers Leadership Conference is due by Jan. 25. Cost for registration is $296.80 per adult and $42 per child. All children must be registered.

For more information, contact Young Farmers Division Director Brandon Moore, (334) 612-5159 or bmoore@alfafarmers.org, or log on to AlfaYoungFarmers.org.

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