May 25, 2017
By Jeff Helms
From left, William Green and Mitt Walker.
Alabama Farmers Federation has announced commodity director assignments for the organization’s Catfish, Forestry and Wildlife Divisions as well as Alabama TREASURE Forest Association (ATFA).
William Green will be executive director of the ATFA and director of the Forestry and Wildlife Divisions. Mitt Walker will serve as director of the Catfish Division while continuing his role as director of National Legislative Programs.
Brian Hardin, director of the Federation’s Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department, said changes were made after consulting commodity leaders. The changes follow the departure of former ATFA and commodity divisions director Rick Oates, who was selected state forester for the Alabama Forestry Commission in April.
“We met with our farmers and forest owners to better understand their needs and then identified directors who can help them achieve their goals,” Hardin said. “William was already doing a good job with the ATFA and feral swine issues under the guidance of former director Rick Oates. Mitt has six years experience as catfish director before being named national programs director, and he is well respected by Alabama catfish producers and industry leaders.”
Green will continue to be responsible for feral swine issues as well as land use, property rights, endangered species and invasive species issues.
A Pintlala native, Green is a 2014 Auburn University graduate in wildlife sciences. He interned with the Federation for several months before becoming a commodity director in April 2016. William and his wife, Mallory, live in Montgomery, where she is a fifth-grade teacher at St. James School.
“I'm excited about the opportunity to continue working with the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association as well as the Federation's Forestry and Wildlife Divisions,” Green said. “I've enjoyed my time with them so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the future.”
Walker was the Catfish Division director from June 2005 until November 2011, when he became director of National Legislative Programs. He will continue to be responsible for issues concerning international trade, the Farm Bill and policy development and implementation.
Walker, a native of Clarke County, was an environmental scientist for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management prior to joining the Federation. He is a graduate of Troy University with a bachelor's degree in environmental analysis and management. Mitt and his wife, Brandi, have three children, Olivia, Addi Leigh and Ford. They live in Montgomery.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our Catfish Division once again,” Walker said. “I am a looking forward to rekindling many of the relationships across the catfish industry and hope my recent experience managing federal issues for the Federation will allow me to serve the division even better than before. On that note, I am also excited about continuing to work on behalf of all of our members at the federal level.”