Davis is transitioning to a new role serving wiregrass farmers in Alabama

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A familiar face for wiregrass farmers will soon be taking on a new role in the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Jacob Davis, who served three years as executive director of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA), will begin February 6 as director of the federation’s Area 8 organization.

“I’ve enjoyed working with and for peanut farmers in Alabama,” Davis said. “And that’s not going to change. Now I’ll just work with more diverse goods and more people. We are in the relationship business with the Alabama Farmers Federation. I enjoy meeting our people and serving them well.”

As director of Area 8, Davis will serve as the liaison between the Federation Department of the Interior and farmers in Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.

He will join nine state colleagues from across the state who visit district leaders to build strong relationships; bring district concerns to the state level; help uncover legislative candidates; strengthening the bond between Alfa Insurance and the association by delivering materials to service centers; and executive recruitment for young farmers and women’s leadership committees.

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“Jacob is a longtime friend of the Federation, and his specific skills will be invaluable to the farmers of Area 8,” said Matthew Durdin, Federation Operations Director. β€œHe gets our people. We are excited to have Jacob join our team.”

APPA is a Federation affiliate organization and its Director serves as a member of the Federation Government and Agricultural Programs Division.

During his tenure at APPA, Davis oversaw federal policies affecting peanut farmers. supervised promotions for peanuts grown in Alabama; worked on research projects with stakeholders and the National Peanut Board; and managed day-to-day operations at APPA’s Dothan office. During his time at APPA, he increased retail peanut sales for the association by 433% through partnerships with 165 local businesses.

Davis is a double graduate of Auburn University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Science Technology Education. He taught agricultural sciences for 10 years before joining the Careers and Technical Education Division of the Alabama State Department of Education in 2004, first as an education specialist and then as an education administrator, where he worked with the state’s FFA official team. In 2019 he retired.

Throughout his career, Davis has had experience serving on committees he will now serve on, including the Alabama Farm-City Committee, Alabama Ag on the Classroom Steering Committee, and other influential statewide entities.

Davis and his wife Sonna have a son, Jaken, a freshman at AU. Visit Fairview Baptist Church in Samson.