Alabama 2022 Farm Legislation a Win for Agriculture

Dan Alabama, Legislative

Alabama’s 2022 state legislative season was a success for agriculture with the passage of key bills. “I would say overall we were very happy with how it went. We had some priorities that we called the farm package here at the Alabama Farmers Federation, and all of that was successful,” said Blake Thaxton, a director with the Alabama Farmers Federation. …


Alabama Farmers, FFA Members Meet with Elected Officials

Dan Alabama, Legislative

As the 2022 Alabama Legislative Session continues, farmers from across the state met with elected officials Wednesday evening over platefuls of Alabama-grown foods during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Taste of Alabama legislative reception in Montgomery. County Farmers Federation presidents and FarmPAC advisory trustees from across the state visited with over 100 elected officials, including over 80 legislators; Supreme Court justices …

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Alabama Farmers Federation Outlines Legislative Priorities

Dan Alabama, Legislative

The 2022 Alabama State Legislative session kicked off this past Tuesday as lawmakers are focused on developing plans to spend federal infrastructure and COVID-19 stimulus money, and handle gambling propositions. The Alabama Farmers Federation noted their legislative priorities this year include preserving state funding for agriculture, forestry, and career and technical education. The Federation also is working to clarify tax laws related to …


Alabama Farmers Welcome Tuberville to Senate Ag Committee

Dan Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia, Legislative

It was announced this week that recently elected U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville from Alabama was appointed to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed the news. In a release, Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised Tuberville for putting in the work to learn about the issues important to farmers and seeking to be a voice for Alabama agriculture in …


Alabama Agriculture, Food Workers Eligible for Covid Vaccine

Dan Alabama, Coronavirus, Labor and Immigration

As the Covid-19 vaccination process continues across the county, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted food and agriculture workers were among the 30 million frontline essential workers who should be in line for the vaccine. Over the past few weeks, individual states have begun to include this segment in their vaccination programs and that includes Alabama. According …

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Alabama Farmers Federation Celebrates Anniversary

Dan Alabama, General, News from Our Sponsors

(ALFA) — Alabama Farmers Federation kicked off its centennial year and celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Alfa Insurance® this week at the organization’s home office in Montgomery. Founded in 1921, the Federation represents more than 350,000 member families through county organizations in all 67 Alabama counties. Jimmy Parnell, who serves as president of the Federation and Alfa®, said the Federation’s …


Applications Open For Hurricane Zeta Assistance Through Ag Foundation

Dan Alabama, Economy, Industry News Release

(ALFA) — The Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation (AFAF) is accepting applications through Jan. 15 from farmers who suffered losses related to Hurricane Zeta.  AFAF and Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the Foundation established a Hurricane Relief Fund in response to calls from farmers and businesses who wanted to help their neighbors. It was utilized earlier this year for …


Pandemic Causes Some Stockyards To Suspend Sales

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Industry News Release

(ALFA) — Several Alabama stockyards suspended cattle auctions this week to protect employees and customers and help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Scott Garrett, an owner of Mid State Stockyards, LLP in Letohatchee, said he and several stockyard owners in Alabama talked before suspending sales this week. Because stockyards are classified as essential, he said closures were made by …

Drivers Should Watch For Farmers During Planting Season

Dan Alabama, General, Industry News Release

(ALFA) — Alabamians are encouraged to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, farmers are still performing essential work planting crops to feed, fuel and clothe consumers. That means drivers performing essential travel, such as to the grocery store, are sharing the road with more farm machinery. “Springtime means farmers are moving equipment to and from the field as they …

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Alabama Farmers To Plant More Corn And Wheat, Less Cotton, Peanuts And Soybeans

Dan Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat

(ALFA) — Alabama farmers will plant more corn and wheat this year, but less cotton, peanuts and soybeans, according to the March Agricultural Survey released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today. Farmers decisions are greatly influenced by the economy, said the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Carla Hornady. Fluctuating markets, weather, unstable foreign trade, and in some cases erratic buying habits …