Huckabee To Help Federation Celebrate 90 Years
Former Arkansas governor and television host Mike Huckabee will help the Alabama Farmers Federation celebrate its 90th anniversary when he speaks at the annual meeting Dec. 4-5 in Mobile.
Huckabee gained national attention in 2008 when he finished second to John McCain for the Republican presidential nomination. Today, he hosts the number-one rated weekend show "Huckabee" on the Fox News Channel and is heard three times daily across the nation on the "Huckabee Report," which is syndicated on almost 600 stations. He also is the author of nine books including his most recent, "A Simple Government."
Federation President Jerry Newby said he expects Huckabee to be a hit with members of the state's largest farm organization.
"Gov. Huckabee's strong faith and conservative values resonate with the people of rural Alabama," Newby said. "In 2008, he finished first in Alabama's Republican presidential primary. We look forward to hearing his thoughts on the upcoming presidential election and other issues that impact our members."
Huckabee will deliver the keynote address during the closing general session Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. That night's program also will feature Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family program and recognition of the winners of the Young Farmers Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests.
The opening general session, Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., will include the Federation's video annual report, remarks by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and presentation of the Service to Agriculture Award to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.
The Service to Agriculture Award is the Federation's highest honor. Rogers was first elected to Congress in 2002. He previously served on the House Agriculture Committee and remains a strong advocate for farmers.
"Since being elected, Congressman Rogers' top priorities have been supporting the state's farmers, strengthening east Alabama's military facilities and creating jobs for Alabama workers," Newby said. "He formed an agricultural advisory committee made up of farmers to advise him on the issues, and he has been very responsive to the concerns of Federation members. Congressman Rogers is a strong voice for agriculture, and we are pleased to be able to honor him with our Service to Agriculture Award."
Following the opening session of the annual meeting, attendees will have a chance to enjoy a special concert by the Charlie Daniels Band at the historic Saenger Theatre. The concert is open to the public, and tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.
On Monday, Federation members will participate in an Ag Issues Briefing at 9:45 a.m., featuring members of the American Farm Bureau Federation's public policy team. Later that day, 500 voting delegates representing members throughout the state will meet to consider policy recommendations and to elect district directors and officers to the state board.