GOVERNOR SIEGELMAN TO ADDRESS FARMERS
"Birmingham, Ala." Gov. Don Siegelman will address about 700 farmers regarding the future of Alabama agriculture Tuesday, July 31, at the Alabama Farmers Federation's 29th Annual Commodity Producers Conference in Birmingham.
The governor will join Lt. Gov. Steve Windom, Speaker of the House of Representatives Seth Hammett and Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bishop at the opening session of the conference, which is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Ballroom I-V of the Sheraton Civic Center Hotel. The state officials are expected to talk to the farmers about legislation and funding issues that impact the state's largest industry--agriculture.
Other events planned for the conference include a general session at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday which will focus on the sharing of water between states and how water allocation formulas will likely affect agriculture. Tuesday afternoon seminars will feature a state legislative update by six Alabama legislators including Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Zeb Little and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Thomas Jackson. The deans of the colleges of agriculture at Auburn University, Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University also will discuss agricultural research, and Jamie Cole, editor of ProgressiveFarmer.com will conduct a seminar on Farm Use of the Internet.
On Wednesday, the second-highest ranking official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, newly confirmed Deputy Secretary Jim Moseley, will address the farmers at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions will include seminars on food safety, biotechnology and the environment.