June 22, 2022
Rural Relationships Deliver Winning Results
Grassroots connections propelled FarmPAC-endorsed candidates to victory in Tuesday’s primary runoff elections.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said Katie Britt’s dominance in the Republican race for U.S. Senate demonstrates the value of building relationships with farmers and families in Alabama’s rural communities.

“As Katie said in her acceptance speech, voters are looking for elected officials who will listen instead of lecture,” Parnell said. “No candidate worked harder to earn votes than Katie Britt, and I’m convinced no one will work harder at putting Alabama and America first. Federation members in all 67 counties are proud to be among her earliest and most active supporters. Congratulations, Katie, on a job well done!”

In statewide Republican races, FarmPAC-endorsed candidates winning nomination were Wes Allen, Secretary of State, and Chip Beeker and Jeremy Oden, Public Service Commission. Federation-supported Dale Strong also was victorious in Congressional District 5.

Farm & Land Expo Registration Ends Friday
Join hundreds of fellow farmers in Birmingham Aug. 4-7 for the Alabama Farm & Land Expo. Registration ends June 24.

Conference highlights include:
  • farm tours
  • workshops and farmer panels
  • farm bill listening session
  • Young Farmers contests
  • and more!

Tubbs Appointed To National Pork Board
Daniel Tubbs of Oakman in Walker County was appointed to the National Pork Board June 21. Tubbs, the Alabama Farmers Federation State Pork Committee chairman, will serve through June 2023.

As part of the 15-member board, Tubbs will help guide decisions to develop new markets and strengthen existing markets; conduct important research; and support promotion activities. 

Quick Clicks
A feral swine damage survey will be sent soon to Alabama row crop farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture survey will measure the costs of damage and provide a baseline for further feral swine control research. Click here to learn more.

Sign-ups to receive Census of Agriculture forms are due June 30. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will mail survey codes for responding securely online to every known U.S. producer in November. Hard copy questions will be mailed in December. Click here to learn more.

Alabama Ag Credit is offering five new farmers a $10,000 grant to help launch the operation of their dreams. Applications are due July 31. Applicants, who must reside in Ag Credit's service area, must have started farming within the past two years or plan to start within a year. Farmers should be at least 18 years old. Click here to apply.

Children’s of Alabama is surveying community needs as part of a 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment required by federal law. Click here to take the survey.
Events & Deadlines

  • July 7-10 — Alabama Farmers Federation Presidents Conference in Fairhope

New Episodes Of Simply Southern Start In July
The Simply Southern TV crew has been working hard on great new stories for the second half of season 8, which starts in July. Be sure to tune in so you don’t miss a second!

Shows air over the weekend on six broadcast stations and on Wednesdays on national cable network RFD-TV. To find out where and when the show airs near you, visit simplysoutherntv.net and click “Where To Watch.”

Be sure to follow Simply Southern TV on Facebook and Instagram.

  • June 25/26/29 - Fungi Farm; Barb’s Cakes; Alabama farmers in Washington, D.C.; Extension Smart Yards segment about irrigation; and a Southern Bite recipe for Crispy Roasted Okra with Creamy Lemon Dressing

  • July 2/3/6 - Brittany House Antiques; Cooking with Culture; Jr. Beef and Swine Expos; Extension Smart Yards segment about rain barrels; and a Southern Bite recipe for Southern Sheet Pan Nachos