Chilton county farmer to lead state farmers' federation


{} {} A fifth-generation Chilton County farmer has been elected president of the Alabama Farmers Federation.{} {} Officials Monday announced Jimmy Parnell, of Stanton, will serve a two-year term as president. {}Parnell served on the organization's board of directors between 1999 and 2008, and was chairman of the group's Young Farmers Committee in 1997.{} {} Parnell raises cattle and runs a timber business with his father and two younger brothers. He was named logger of the year by the Alabama Forestry Association in 2006.{} {} Parnell graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural business and economics. He replaces Jerry Newby, who retired after 14 years as president.{} {} The Alabama Farmers Foundation was founded in 1921. {}It's the state's largest farm organization with more than 400,000 members.