FARMERS TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE
Family Farm Preservation Act hearing set for April 16, 1:30 p.m.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama Farmers Federation members are encouraged to attend a public hearing Wednesday where the Alabama House Agriculture and Forestry Committee will discuss the Family Farm Preservation Act (HB 420). The hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. at the State House, 11 South Union Street, Montgomery, 8th floor in the Joint Briefing Room (Star Wars Room.) Federation Director of Governmental Affairs Freddie Patterson said it's important that farmers make their support for the bill known.
"Several of our members are prepared to testify during the hearing," Patterson said. "We want members of the House Agriculture Committee to know that farmers really care about the passage of this legislation and that this is not a 'hog bill' as some environmental extremists have called it. This bill is designed to help family farmers avoid being litigated out of business."
Members of the House Agriculture Committee include Representatives Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville, who serves as chairman; John Robinson. D-Scottsboro, vice chairman; Greg Albritton, R-Excel; Warren Beck, R-Geneva; Billy Beasley, D-Clayton; Lucius Black, D-York; Joe Carothers, D-Dothan; Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont; Spencer Collier, R-Irvington; Rusty Glover, R-Semmes; Micky Hammon, R-Decatur; Allen Layson, D-Reform; Yusaf Salaam, D-Selma; Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro; and Cam Ward, R-Alabaster. The Senate bill is sponsored by Sen. Zeb Little, D-Cullman. It has been assigned to the Rules Committee, chaired by Sen. Jim Preuitt, where it died the two previous legislative sessions. Federation members are urged to contact Preuitt as well as House Ag Committee members to voice their support for the bill. Their phone numbers and email address are available on the Alfa Farmers website under the Capitol Connection.