Members of Alabama’s congressional delegation have sponsored resolutions in both chambers of Congress congratulating the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) on its centennial.
ALFA, founded in 1921, has become the leading agricultural advocacy organization in the Yellowhammer State with affiliate groups representing all 67 counties.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) hailed the role ALFA plays in promoting the interests of Alabama farmers.
“For as long as I can remember, the Alabama Farmers Federation has led the charge as a clear and united voice for our state’s agriculture industry,” stated Alabama’s senior senator. “The group has supported the interests of its members, promoted an enhanced quality of life for farm and forestry families, and improved agricultural production, education, and leadership. I am pleased to offer my congratulations to the Federation and honored to introduce a resolution commemorating the vital role that ALFA has played in our state. An achievement for the Federation means success for Alabama.”
Echoing Shelby’s sentiments was U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), who expressed gratitude to Alabama’s agriculture industry for their contributions to the state.
“Alabama’s farmers have a trusted partner in ALFA,” advised Tuberville. “For a century, the organization has played a leading role in advancing the causes of our state’s agriculture industry and our rural communities, ensuring the voices of our farmers and their families are heard. I offer my congratulations to the Alabama Farmers Federation for one hundred years of service and my deepest gratitude for their unwavering support for those who feed, clothe, and fuel our country.”
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) was the lead sponsor of the resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He stated, “Congratulations to the Alabama Farmers Federation, ALFA, on this historic milestone. For practically half the time Alabama has been a state, ALFA has been there to not only help and advocate for our state’s many farmers, but all Alabamians whether they farm or not. So, on this century mark, I send my sincere best wishes to everyone at ALFA and the thousands of Alabamians who make ALFA possible.”
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) spoke to the agriculture industry’s contributions to Alabama’s Black Belt.
“As a proud daughter of the Black Belt, I know firsthand the critical role that generations of Alabama farmers have played in the success of our economy, our people, and our state,” outlined Sewell. “For a century, the Alabama Farmers Federation has been an unwavering voice for Alabama agriculture and forestry, tirelessly promoting the interests of hard-working Alabama families. On their 100th anniversary, I applaud ALFA for their advocacy and thank them for their commitment to the well-being of my constituents.”
The role farmers play in producing everyday products is essential to national security interests, according to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks).
“It’s an honor to recognize the Alabama Farmers’ Federation’s Centennial year,” proclaimed Rogers. “For 100 years, Alabama’s farmers and producers have had a friend in ALFA. Keeping food and fiber produced here in America is a matter of national security, and we have no better ally in this fight than ALFA.”
U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) heaped admiration upon the organization for its decades of advocacy on behalf of Alabama farmers.
He stated, “Congratulations to the Alabama Farmers Federation for 100 years of leading the way to advance Alabama’s agriculture industry. I couldn’t be prouder of the work our farmers and the Federation do to feed, fuel, and clothe our country.”
U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) noted ALFA’s longstanding support for the state’s farming industry throughout its decades of service.
“For a century now, ALFA has always been a trusted supporter for Alabama’s farmers and cattlemen through good times and hard times,” declared Palmer. “I congratulate ALFA on its 100th anniversary and am grateful for their continued partnership in our great state as we move forward into the next century.”
U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) called ALFA achieving 100 years of service a “remarkable” achievement.
“For a century, ALFA has served the hardworking farming families in Alabama who keep America fed and clothed,” stated the South Alabama congressman. “It is an honor to recognize and celebrate this remarkable milestone and the impact ALFA has had in our great state.”
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL