FEDERATION GEARS UP FOR REGULAR SESSION TO BEGIN JAN. 8
Passage of the Alabama Family Farm Preservation Act will be a top priority for the Alabama Farmers Federation when the Legislature is called into regular session Jan. 8 through April 22.
Freddie Patterson, director of Governmental Affairs for the Federation, said in addition to the Family Farm Preservation Act, the Federation will work to keep current use tax classification for farm and forestry land.
The Federation also will work on several funding issues, including money for fire ant control, satsuma research, wildlife damage control, and animal disease outbreak and indemnification to farmers.
"We also will focus on the possibility of rules for water use permits in the state that will affect farmers," Patterson said. "Similar rules already have been inacted in Georgia and some western states that restrict the use of water for agricultural production. We're working to make sure that agriculture is considered when and if any restrictions or permitting rules are imposed."
Patterson said there is a possibility that Gov. Don Siegelman will continue to try to raise the cap and increase the rates for business privilege tax that could in turn affect agriculture and farmers. His proposal failed in the special session held in December.