October 6, 2021
FarmPAC Announces 2022 Endorsements
The Alabama Farmers Federation’s political action committee, FarmPAC, announced endorsements for the May 24, 2022, primary elections in statewide, Congressional and Alabama State Board of Education races.

The endorsements are the culmination of months of study and relationship building among the candidates and county farm organizations.

From left are Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell; FarmPAC-endorsed candidate Gov. Kay Ivey; FarmPAC-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate Katie Britt; and FarmPAC Chairman Steve Dunn of Conecuh County.

Policy Development Charts Course For Federation
County and commodity leaders met in Montgomery Sept. 28 to discuss policy recommendations during the Alabama Farmers Federation's annual Policy Development Meeting.

These grassroots suggestions will be voted on at the annual meeting in December and help chart the course for the organization's work.
Federation Awards $133,250 In Scholarships
The Alabama Farmers Federation is planting seeds for a healthy future by awarding $133,250 in scholarships to Auburn University (AU) students seeking degrees in agriculture, forestry and related industries.

Eighty Auburn University (AU) students were honored during the organization’s scholarship reception at Lazenby Farms in Auburn Sept. 27.

From left are AU College of Agriculture Dean Dr. Paul Patterson, Lee County Farmers Federation President Jamie Lazenby, student Ka'Shiya McKinney of Tallapoosa County, Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell and AU College of Agriculture Associate Dean Dr. Amy Wright.

Second Candidate School A Success
The Alabama Farmers Federation's second candidate school for current and prospective elected officials was in Robertsdale Sept. 30.

The event provided an in-depth look into what it takes to qualify, run for office and manage a campaign.

Presenters covered topics such as the pros and cons of running for office, campaign planning and budgeting, building a grassroots volunteer base and more. The intensive day concluded with Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack answering questions and discussing real-world scenarios. 
Beef Committee Meets Biensch
Alabama Farmers Federation State Beef Committee members met in Montgomery Oct. 5.

Committee members
  • Met new Beef Division Director Graysen Biensch
  • Discussed the small meat processing feasibility study at Auburn University
  • Previewed Alabama National Fair livestock shows
  • Planned for the 2022 Beef Tour to Florida and more.
Pinyan Named To SLE Board
Paul Pinyan was named a director of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition (SLE) Oct. 4. The Alabama Farmers Federation executive director, right, joins Galen Grace and Caroleene Hardee Dobson, not pictured, as new directors.

The SLE Rodeo is March 18-20, 2022, at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Learn more at SLERodeo.com.
Quick Clicks
Upcoming Events
  • Oct. 8-17 — Alabama National Fair Livestock Shows in Montgomery, sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance. Get the show schedule here.

  • Nov. 6 — Horse U educational program for youth and adults at Auburn University. Visit the Facebook Event for more information, including how to register.
Ag In Action
Dozens of candidates flocked to the annual Winston County Farmers Federation political forum in Double Springs Sept. 27. Candidates for state and county races spoke to the group.
The Alabama Cotton Commission board spent two days in Auburn Sept. 23-24 visiting the Old Rotation, Cullars Rotation and Jordan-Hare Stadium. 
The Alabama Farmers Federation Governmental & Ag Programs Department visited Alabama A&M University ag staff Sept. 23.

They received an overview of their ag and forestry research and Extension programs and received a campus tour including the Agribition Center. They talked about animal science, horticulture, industrial hemp and specialty crops.

From left are Federation Commodity Director Graysen Biensch, 1890 Extension Administrator Dr. Allen Malone and Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan.
The Alabama Farmers Federation State Women’s Leadership Committee presented Accurate Ag Books Oct. 1 to the Gulf Shores Elementary School Library as part of their ag literacy projects for the year. 
Revisit Stories From Simply Southern Season 7
Tune into RFD-TV on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Central for Simply Southern TV, a production of the Alabama Farmers Federation. Upcoming shows include:

  • Oct. 6 - South Candle, VEX Robotics, Ask A Farmer with Ben Haynes of Cullman County and Southern Bite’s recipe for Secret Ingredient Meatloaf
  • Oct. 13 - Alabama’s Official State Vegetable — the sweet potato, MANE, commodity checkoffs, Alabama Smart Yards with Extension and Southern Bite’s recipe for Pecan Chewies

Visit www.simplysoutherntv.net and click on “Where To Watch” to find the show on other stations near you!
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