Alabama Farm Credit Meets With Elected Officials in Nation’s Capital
Alabama Farm Credit meets with elected officials in nation’s capital
CULLMAN, Ala. — Alabama Farm Credit board members, employees and members were among more than 500 representatives from across the country at the recent Farm Credit Fly-in in Washington, D.C. The fly-in is an opportunity for members of Congress to hear from their rural constituents and discuss Farm Credit’s role in supporting rural communities and agriculture. Rep. Robert Aderholt spoke to over 120 attendees from the five-state Farm Credit district that includes Alabama Farm Credit. The lending cooperative also met with Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Reps. Barry Moore and Mike Rogers.
Rep. Robert Aderholt spoke to over 120 attendees from the five-state Farm Credit district that includes Alabama Farm Credit. The lending cooperative also met with Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Reps. Barry Moore and Mike Rogers.
Meetings focused on issues and policies that are important to the cooperative’s members — such as Matt and Karli Huddleston of Holly Pond. Matt, a third-generation farmer, runs the family’s cattle, hay and silage operation. Karli owns Southern Farm Co., creating clothing, accessories and housewares that celebrate the farming way of life.
The Huddlestons also shared their story at the fly-in’s finale. The Farm Credit Congressional Reception and Marketplace showcased products made by Farm Credit customers — including Southern Farm Co. mugs with shovel-shaped spoons. Sen. Tuberville’s staff and Reps. Aderholt and Moore were among the 1,300 people who attended the reception, visited with the ag producers and sampled their products.
In addition, the group heard updates from Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman; Rep. G.T. Thompson, House Agriculture Committee ranking member; and Zach Ducheneaux, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency administrator.
Alabama Farm Credit is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending cooperatives that finance agriculture and rural communities. The lender is headquartered in Cullman and has offices in Albertville, Athens, Cullman, Talladega and Tuscumbia.