Alabama Farmers Federation marking 100th anniversary

Alabama Farmers Federation marking 100th anniversary

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Farmers Federation, a statewide force in agriculture, lobbying and insurance, will mark its 100th anniversary at its two-day annual meeting, which begins Sunday.

Almost 1,200 farmers from each of Alabama’s 67 counties are expected for the meeting, which will include the election of state leaders of the organization and a program honoring the group’s history.

The program also will mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Alfa Insurance Co., which was started by the organization in 1946. The company now provides coverage for more than 1 million farms, homes, cars and businesses.

“The centennial is a time to reflect on the past, remember those who came before us and rejoice in our accomplishments,” Federation President Jimmy Parnell said in a statement. “It’s also a time for recommitment to our values and visions.”

The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall, is among the speakers at the gathering.

Voting delegates elected members to the Alabama Farmers Federation Board of Directors at a business session during the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Montgomery Dec. 3, 2018. Front row, from left are Women’s Leadership Committee Chairman Jo Ann Laney, Russell County; Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat, Houston County; Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Chilton County; North Area Vice President Rex Vaughn, Madison County; and State Young Farmers Chairman Garrett Dixon of Lee County. Back row from left are District 1 Director Brian Glenn, Lawrence County; District 4 Director Tim Whitley, Blount County; District 7 Director Joe Lambrecht, Elmore County; and District 10 Director Steve Stroud, Pike County.