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Parnell reelected to lead Farmers Federation for fifth term

The Alabama Farmers Federation reelected this week Jimmy Parnell to a fifth two-year term as president. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead this organization into its 100th year,” Parnell, a partner in his family’s Chilton County cattle and timber business, said in a written statement. “Throughout history, farmers have faced obstacles, and the past year brought special challenges. Despite those, farmers continued to feed and clothe America and the world. Our organization faced its challenges head on and continued to work for farmers every day.” 

Joining Parnell in two-year term leadership roles are North Area Vice President Rex Vaughn of Huntsville and Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat of Gordon in Houston County. Both raise cattle and row crops.

Four district board positions with three-year terms were also elected:

Phillip Hunter, a nursery owner in Shelby County, District 6 director. The district covers Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega counties.

Bill Cook of Montgomery County, District 9 representative, which covers Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Lowndes, Montgomery and Wilcox counties. Cook grows timber and operates a lawn care business.

Thomas Adams of Newville in Henry County, District 12 board seat. He represents Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties and raises row crops, cattle and poultry.

Reelected to a one-year, ex-officio term on the state board was Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Kathy Gordon of Montgomery County. 

State Young Farmers Committee Chairman Brady Peek of Athens will also serve a one-year, ex-officio term.

The federation represents more than 330,000 farming families in the state.

“As we chart a course for the next century of this organization, we are still led by men and women who are dedicated to serving farmers and promoting the economic, social and educational interests of Alabamians,” Parnell said. 

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