LEGISLATORS TO TOUR ALABAMA FARMS
"MONTGOMERY, Ala." Members of the Alabama House and Senate Agriculture Committees will get a firsthand look at some of the state's diverse farm operations this week as part of an inaugural Ag Summit, sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation. The Summit, which runs Wednesday through Friday, will include tours of dairy, forestry, cotton, pork, beef, poultry and catfish farms.
Freddie Patterson, director of governmental programs for the Federation, said the Summit is an opportunity for the legislators to not only tour working farms, but also to discuss issues facing agriculture with the men and women who operate them.
"These visits will give members of the House and Senate Ag Committees an on-site look at production agriculture," Patterson said. "The legislators will meet real farmers, and they'll get to hear their stories about the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. Our hope is these legislators will leave with a better understanding of the needs of Alabama's farmers."
The Ag Summit will get under way Wednesday afternoon with a tour of Ingram Dairy in Tuscaloosa County. Later that afternoon, the lawmakers will tour a nearby cotton farm and a Pickens County forestry operation. On Thursday, the legislators will be back in Pickens County, where they will visit pork, beef and poultry farms before traveling to Hale County for a close-up look at the state's growing catfish industry. The Summit will conclude Friday morning at the Four Points Sheraton in Tuscaloosa with a presentation from Patterson on the upcoming legislative agenda.