Leaders from the Alabama Farmers Federation, Auburn University and Alabama Extension convened for a meeting on September 29 at the Federation’s home office in Montgomery. Janaki Alavalapati, the Emmett F. Thompson Dean of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, was present to represent the college.
During the meeting, Alavalapati provided updates on the college’s new personnel and discussed the Deer Population Study Committee alongside William Green, an alumnus of CFWE who serves as the Commodity Director at the Alabama Farmers Federation.
The Deer Population Study Committee, comprising 12 individuals, was established to find practical solutions to address farmers’ deer-related issues and challenges. This effort includes developing programs that make targeted use of venison meat, as existing regulations currently prohibit the processing of deer obtained under depredation permits.
During the meeting, attendees addressed various topics, including providing a review of the Alfa Scholarship program. Presented by Matthew Durdin, Paul Patterson and Alavalapati, the assessment provided insights about the scholarship’s performance to enhance the educational opportunities of Alabama to individuals preparing for careers in agriculture and agribusiness.
The biannual meeting, typically held in Montgomery, provides a forum for the organization leaders to engage in discussions on pertinent topics to enhance cooperation and benefit the agricultural and educational sectors in the region through collaboration and information sharing.
(Written by Allison Killingsworth)