July 2008
The Business of Farming



 
  The State Officers are pictured here meeting with Ron Sparks, Alabama’s Commissioner of Agriculture.
2007 National FFA Week

National FFA Week is a time to recognize members and advisors from all across the nation. It is also an opportunity to promote FFA and many of the accomplishments of the organization.

FFA chapters from all across the state recently celebrated National FFA Week in various ways. The Marbury Chapter appeared on a television news broadcast; the Montevallo Chapter held an annual Farm/City Day for elementary students; the Jacksonville Chapter submitted articles to local newspapers, while the Spring Garden Chapter thanked their local farmers in the community with an appreciation breakfast. Many other similar activities were replicated by numerous chapters from all across the state and each of these activities highlight the best FFA has to offer.
 
The State FFA Officers meet with Dr. Billy Powell, Executive Director of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.  

The Alabama State FFA officer team’s National FFA Week activities included a fast-paced tour of Montgomery on Tuesday, February 20, 2007. The day began with a breakfast/visit with Mr. Jerry Newby at the Alabama Farmers Federation. Next we dropped in to see Troy King, State Attorney General, and Sam Shaw, State Auditor. We then met with Johnny Adams and Wes Cumbie of the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association. Lunch was provided by the Alabama Forestry Association followed by a visit with Chris Isaacson, Chris Erwin, and Rick Oates. After lunch, we went to see Dr. Billy Powell and Reid Blossom with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. Then we returned to the Governor’s office at the State Capitol where we received a signed Proclamation on National FFA Week in Alabama. Our last stop was the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, where we met with Ron Sparks, Commissioner of Agriculture, and received a tour of the on-site facilities by Scott Abesher.

 
  The State FFA Officers met with Rick Oates, Chris Isaacson, and Chris Erwin of the Alabama Forestry Association.
I would like to thank Paul Pinyan and Brandon Moore with the Alabama Farmers Federation for scheduling these visits for the State FFA Officers and accompanying the officers throughout the day. I would also like to thank all of the people who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with our officers. Our organization has many other groups that sponsor us and I wish there was enough time to visit each of them during every year, but the limitations of time and schedules doesn’t permit that to happen. We do, however, have a list of our sponsors, such as Alabama Farmers Cooperative, on our website, http://www.alabamaffa.org, as a small way to show our appreciation for their tremendous support of youth development.

Jacob Davis is the Executive Secretary of the Alabama FFA Association.