Alabama Agribusiness Council

Pate Speaks at Alabama Agribusiness Council Meeting

Dan Alabama

Folks in the agriculture industry across Alabama have been in Orange Beach this week attending the Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC) Annual Meeting. One of the guest speakers was Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Pate. In an interview with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman, Pate noted he was pleased with how the Alabama Legislature funded the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries for the …


Pate Seeks Re-election as Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries

Dan Alabama

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries Rick Pate announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election as the GOP nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries in 2022. Pate is currently serving his first term in that position. Thus far during his term, the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) has implemented the statewide branding program “Sweet Grown Alabama”, increased funding …

Sweet Grown Alabama

‘Sweet Grown Alabama’ Statewide Agricultural Branding Program Launches

Dan Alabama, Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

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 …

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Alabama Ag Commissioner Discusses Disaster Aid

Dan Alabama, Economy

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

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

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 …

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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

Dan Alabama

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 …