by Jeff Helms, Alabama Farmers FederationThe Alabama Farmers Federation today welcomed Kay Ivey as Alabama’s 54th governor, noting her rural background and appreciation of farmers is good news for Alabama agriculture.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell expressed confidence in Ivey’s leadership.
“Gov. Ivey has always been a friend to farmers,” Parnell said. “She understands the importance of agriculture and forestry to our state — how they shaped our state’s history and their importance to Alabama’s future.”
In 2015, Ivey received the Federation’s highest honor, the Service to Agriculture Award.
“We look forward to working with Gov. Ivey as she continues her life’s work to make Alabama better,” Parnell added. “She is a true public servant who brings to the governor’s office the knowledge, experience and determination necessary to move our state forward.”
A Wilcox County native and Auburn University graduate, Ivey had a successful career in the private sector as a banker and assistant hospital administrator. She also served the community and state as a high school teacher and reading clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives before seeking public office.
Her service has included appointments by three governors to various state government positions, including assistant director of the Department of Commerce, formerly called the Alabama Development Office.
In 2002, Ivey became the first Republican-elected state treasurer since Reconstruction. She was re-elected in 2006. Ivey was elected lieutenant governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
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