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December 30, 2013   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
December 30, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – More than 120 Alabama Farmers Federation members will join 7,000 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) members at the organization’s 95th annual convention in San Antonio, Jan. 12-15.

Participants will hear from distinguished leaders, participate in a grassroots policy-setting process and receive recognition for work in their home counties. Alan Robertson, the “beardless brother” on A&E’s hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” will be the keynote speaker at a general session.

“This meeting is important because we discuss policy that charts the course of the organization for this year and years to come,” said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “It’s also an opportunity for our farmers to meet and discuss issues with other farmers from throughout the country. Often times we find that our challenges are similar, and it can be helpful to know what efforts have been successful to meet those challenges.”

Parnell and 30 other Farm Bureau state presidents serve on the AFBF board of directors. That board is charged with setting policies and priorities to guide the nation’s largest farm organization. Parnell is among 19 Alabama farmers who will serve as voting delegates at the convention.

Two county Federations from Alabama will be recognized with AFBF’s County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program at the convention. The award recognizes county organizations that display creativity and innovation through hosting an agricultural event.

The Lee County Farmers Federation was selected as a winner for its “Agricultural Fair,” held in Opelika June 8. More than 4,000 people attended and were treated to live music, lunch, a crafts fair and petting zoo. The event included cotton gin, farm equipment and beekeeping exhibits.

The Walker County Farmers Federation won for its “Sharing Agriculture in Education: Books, Red Barns and Blue Jackets” event. Nineteen public and private elementary schools and regional libraries were presented with agricultural books and “learning barn” bookshelves built by local FFA chapters.

Alabama young farmers will be well represented at the convention. Stan and Kayla Usery of Limestone County, along with their daughter, Jessa, will compete in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award contest. Zach Burns of Etowah County will be in the Excellence in Agriculture contest, and Stewart McGill of Madison County will represent Alabama in the Discussion Meet.

The Alabama Farmers Federation will be recognized at the convention with Excellence Awards in Education & Outreach, Leadership Development, Member Services, Policy Development & Implementation and Public Relations & Communications.

Learn more about convention events and related activities at http://annualconvention.fb.org/. A mobile app is available at https://afbf14.quickmobile.mobi. The official hashtag of the meeting is #AFBF14.

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