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December 13, 2012   Email to Friend 

PARNELL DISCUSSES FARM ISSUES WITH NATIONAL LEADERS IN WASHINGTON
Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
December 13, 2012

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with state Farm Bureau presidents and congressional leaders.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell visited Washington, D.C., this week to meet with state Farm Bureau presidents and congressional leaders.

“I enjoyed meeting with Jimmy Parnell on Tuesday during his visit to Washington, and I congratulated him on being elected the next president of Alfa,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. “Jimmy’s hands-on experience operating his family’s farm in Chilton County, along with his track record serving Alabama’s farming community, have prepared him for this new role.

“Jimmy understands the challenges facing Alabama’s farmers — from changing market conditions, to burdensome federal taxes and regulations, to a farm bill that is unfortunately less and less about farmers. I believe he has a firm appreciation for the vast opportunities available to Alabama’s farmers in the global economy and the importance of defending our agriculture from unfair foreign competition. An understanding of these dynamics is essential, and I look forward to working with Jimmy and his team at Alfa to promote and protect our state’s deep-rooted agricultural heritage.”

During the visit, Parnell met with other members of Alabama’s congressional delegation and attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) policy development meeting. Policy recommendations from the meeting will be considered by Farm Bureau delegates at the AFBF annual meeting next month in Nashville.

Current national legislation of greatest concern to the Federation includes the farm bill, the future of estate taxes and overreaching regulations from federal agencies.


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