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A student from Morgan County was among an elite group of 9th and 10th graders from throughout Alabama selected to attend the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the Alabama 4-H center in Columbiana April 29-30. The conference was sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation, county Federations and Alabama Farm Credit. From left are Federation Organization Director Mike Tidwell, Taylor Harvel of Morgan County, and Alabama Farm Credit’s Samantha Southerland.

Morgan County teen attends youth leadership conference

By Debra Davis

For the Enquirer

An elite group of ninth- and 10th-grade students from across Alabama attended the Alfa Youth Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center in Columbiana April 29-30 – among them, one from Morgan County.

Students applied for the conference, which focused on training future leaders. It is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation, county Farmers Federations and Alabama Farm Credit.

“This meeting helps prepare students to be future leaders, but in many cases they’re already leaders in their school and community,” said Wiley Bailey, who helped coordinate the conference for the Federation. “It’s important to inspire young leaders and get them involved as advocates for agriculture and to encourage them to serve their communities.”

Attendees hailed from 30 counties and worked to identify personal strengths, develop negotiation skills and discover a passion for service. Morgan County’s representative was Taylor Harvel.

The agenda included team-building activities at the 4-H Center’s challenge course and teen safety workshops.

AFC was a new supporter of the program this year, sponsoring motivational speaker and leadership trainer Rhett Laubach, who challenged students to be a positive influence on their peers.

“Alabama Farm Credit understands the importance of creating advocates for agriculture through our next generation,” said Samantha Southerland, AFC’s public relations and marketing manager. “That is why helping sponsor this event for the Alabama Farmers Federation was important to us.

“The Federation does an excellent job providing education to our youth in a way that motivates them to become leaders in their communities.”

Another Youth Leadership Conference is scheduled for November. Watch for application information in upcoming issues of Neighbors magazine, available to Alabama Farmers Federation members.

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