‘Sweet Grown Alabama’ Statewide Agricultural Branding Program Launches

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Shoppers looking to buy local and support Alabama farmers will soon have a new way to identify locally grown products with the Sweet Grown Alabama logo.  “As I travel across the state, most of the questions I receive from consumers are about their food and where it comes from,” said Commissioner Rick Pate of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and …


Alabama Ag Commissioner Discusses Disaster Aid

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent time in the Southeast earlier this month to discuss disaster aid. Congress passed the disaster-relief bill, and the President has signed it. So the question for many is, when will it be implemented? This is something Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Pate discussed during this week’s Alabama Agribusiness Council meeting in Orange Beach. …


ADAI Licenses Growers, Processors, and Universities into the Alabama Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

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Commissioner Rick Pate announced the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has licensed 152 growers, 59 processors, and 5 universities to grow, cultivate, process, and research industrial hemp in 2019. Each list is available at—home—w-o. “We have had a significant interest in the Alabama Industrial Hemp Pilot Program from potential growers and processors since the availability of applications was …


Protecting Local Foods Across Alabama

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The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries oversees programs that affect residents — from producers to consumers to businesses — across the state in many ways. Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate told Southeast AgNet he hears a lot about local foods from people all over the state.


New Alabama Ag Commissioner to Be Sworn in Monday

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Alabama Agriculture Commissioner-elect Rick Pate, along with the other top state officials, will be formally sworn into their jobs during a ceremony Monday morning in Montgomery. Pate, who did not have a general election opponent, was actually elected to serve as the next Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries in Alabama during the primary election back in July. He told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman …

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Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Held in Chilton County

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The Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) held its annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 15-16 where 250 attendees heard from industry leaders, elected officials and university & Extension professionals. “It was exciting to see the fruit and vegetable farmers from across Alabama come together for this event,” said AFVGA Executive Director Hunter McBrayer. “It was an …


Pate to Serve as Next Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture

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During Tuesday’s runoff elections in Alabama, Rick Pate defeated Gerald Dial by garnering 57% of the vote. Thus Pate, who does not have a general election opponent, has actually been elected to serve as the next Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries in Alabama. In a recent phone interview with Southeast AgNet, Pate talked about the lack of funding the department has seen the …