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Agricultural Leaders For Alabama

Agricultural Leaders For Alabama

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Rick Oates or Jennifer Himburg
(800) 392-5705, ext. 4305

Members of the second class of A.L.F.A. Leaders pause for a photo while visiting the shrimp farm of Dickie Odom.

The purpose of this program is to provide a structured, two-year training program for Alabama residents ages 25-45 that assists with personal and professional development in the areas of agricultural policy, industry leadership and organizational involvement.

Program Content and Strategy

I. Communications:
  • Large public addresses
  • Written communication for publication (letters to the editor, Internet, etc.)
  • Ability to network
  • Ability to interview successfully with media

    II. Leadership:
    Graduates will understand the implications of accepting leadership positions within large organizations
    such as the Alabama Farmers Federation (AFF) and will be given the theoretical and practical content to
    serve successfully with vision, direction, and a servant attitude.

    III. Technical Proficiency:
    Graduates will be able to use resources available to affect ag policy for the future. Specifically, graduates
    will attain:

    • Ability to utilize the grassroots structure of the Alabama Farmers Federation to steer its policy toward
      promoting and protecting Alabama agriculture and fulfilling the mission of the AFF.
    • Ability to utilize the legislative and political process to steer public policy toward being beneficial to
      Alabama agriculture.
    • Ability to understand the forces that shape international agriculture, and utilize organizational
      resources to steer national and international policy (American Farm Bureau Federation and AFF).


    The Alabama Farmers Federation A.L.F.A. program is designed for Alabama residents between the ages of 25-45 who want to increase their leadership effectiveness and involvement.

    Nomination Process

    Participants must be nominated by their county Farmers Federation president.

    Selection Process

    An independent committee will review the applications and choose participants for the program. Those selected will be introduced at the state annual meeting in December.

    Meeting Schedule

    During 2012-2014, the class will participate in meetings and tours, as well as two AFF state annual meetings. Each session will typically range over three calendar days including two nights away from home.

    Tentative Program Schedule

    Dates are tentative, and programming is subject to change based on speaker/tour availability.

    July 24-26, 2012
    Foley, AL
    Federation Orientation, Legislative Orientation and Personal Development

    September 25-27, 2012
    Montgomery, AL
    Policy Development Process

    December 2-3, 2012
    Montgomery, AL
    Federation Annual Meeting

    March 5-7, 2013
    Montgomery, AL
    Lobbying and Meeting with State Legislators

    July 2013

    September 2013

    November 2013

    December 5-6, 2013
    Montgomery, AL
    Federation Annual Meeting

    March 2014

    August 2014

    More Information

    For more information on the content of this program, please contact Jennifer Himburg or Rick Oates at 1-800-392-5705.

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