BENTLEY TO ADDRESS FARMERS DURING OPENING DAY OF FEDERATION CONFERENCE
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Feb. 11, 2013 --- Gov. Robert Bentley will address the economic impact of agriculture when he speaks to farmers Tuesday at the Alabama Farmers Federation's Commodity Organizational Conference opening-day luncheon. Bentley will speak to nearly 270 farmers gathered at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery for the annual meeting and will discuss an economic study he is expected to announce earlier that morning.
Nearly 700 farmers representing 16 commodities are expected to attend the three-day conference, which has a three-fold purpose: to elect state commodity committee members, set goals and priorities among commodity leaders for 2013 and share concerns and ideas on current issues, said Federation Governmental and Agricultural Programs Director Jimmy Carlisle.
“It’s important we have broad-based representation of active commodity leaders so we can effectively represent Alabama farmers,” said Carlisle. “County chairmen and vice chairmen elected at this event represent the concerns and issues relative to other farmers in their county, as well as farmers within each respective commodity division. These leaders are the core of our grassroots organization and through their efforts, we are able to help develop policy that protects the interests of farmers across the state.”
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. each morning, and commodity sessions are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. On-site registration will be $65 per day.
Commodity Meeting Dates:
The state’s peanut farmers convened in Dothan Feb. 7 for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) meeting. The APPA is a division of the Alabama Farmers Federation and holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds.
Feb. 12 — Beef, Catfish, Cotton, Pork and Bee & Honey
Feb. 13 — Dairy, Forestry, Hay & Forage, Horticulture and Meat Goat & Sheep
Feb. 14 — Equine, Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod, Poultry, Soybeans, Wheat & Feed Grains and Wildlife
To view a conference agenda, visit http://events.SignUp4.com/commodityorg. For details on APPA’s annual meeting, visit AlPeanuts.com.