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January 15, 2013   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
January 15, 2013

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell and other Alabama delegates review policy at the afternoon business session that concluded AFBF's 94th annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Jan. 15 — Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell was elected to the board of directors for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) during the business session that concluded the organization’s 94th annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., this afternoon.

Parnell said the opportunity to network with farmers across America is one of the strengths of AFBF.

“It’s important that we know our issues are their issues, too, and we can work together to resolve them,” he said. “We can learn new ideas that may keep us from trying to reinvent the wheel.”

Parnell joins 30 other Farm Bureau state presidents on the board, which is charged with setting policies and priorities to guide the nation’s largest farm organization in its legislative and regulatory efforts throughout 2013.

“I’m excited about serving on the board and look forward to sharing information about our state and learning from other leaders around the country,” Parnell said.

During the convention, the Alabama Farmers Federation received five Awards of Excellence from AFBF. The awards were for Leadership Development, Member Services, Policy Implementation, Agricultural Education and Promotion, and Public Relations. Alabama also was recognized for financial contributions to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

The Blount County Young Farmers Committee was honored at the AFBF convention for its Farm Safety Day (Farm Equipment Extrication Education) and had a booth at the trade show. It was among 25 county Farm Bureaus nationwide recognized for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence Awards program.

During the closing general session of the convention, the immediate past president of the Alabama Farmers Federation, Limestone County farmer Jerry Newby, was recognized for his years of service on the AFBF board.

For video of the AFBF meeting click here.

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