GOV. BENTLEY OPENS ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION'S ANNUAL MEETING
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 2, 2012 — Gov. Robert Bentley addressed a crowd of more than 1,700 farmers to kick-off the 91st annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation in Montgomery this afternoon. Bentley expressed gratitude to those at the conference for working to feed Alabama, America and the world.
|Gov. Bentley addresses Federation members during the opening session of the 91st annual meeting in Montgomery.|
"We cannot live without our farmers and the products you grow, and we want to help your industry prosper," Bentley said. "We need our farmers to be successful. Understand you have my support, and I look forward to working with you in the future."
Bentley thanked Farmers Federation members for success in last year's legislative session, including passage of an irrigation incentives bill and a bill promoting a relationship between farmers and school food services. He gave tribute to retiring Federation President Jerry Newby, saying he provided a strong voice for farmers with state and federal officials.
The opening day of the conference ends with a concert by Grammy award-winning artist Dwight Yoakam at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre.
Monday's meetings begin when farmers attend a breakfast benefitting the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation. Other items on Monday's agenda include elections of new Federation leaders and the announcement of the Outstanding Young Farm Family Award.
The conference ends Monday evening with remarks from American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman and a keynote address from political strategist Karl Rove, the former Deputy Chief of Staff for George W. Bush.
For the complete schedule of events, visit http://www.alfafarmers.org/upload/forms/2012/11/2012113014160492/For_Web.pdf
The Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, is the state's largest farm organziation with 385,000 members.