AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL SETS LISTENING SESSION SERIES
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC) invites anyone in the business of agriculture or farming in Alabama to attend a series of three listening sessions at various locations around the state on Nov. 8-10.
"Developing A Strategic Plan For Agribusiness In Alabama" will feature a panel of experts addressing such concerns as water resources, economic development opportunities with biofuels, federal farm bill and trade and farm credit.
The sessions are meant to aid the AAC in meeting the recommendation of the Governor's Commission on the Future of Family Farming and Alabama Agriculture and Agribusiness to develop a comprehensive plan to address the state's agricultural needs.
The first session will be Nov. 8 at Cullman's Allsteak Restaurant Conference Center, and will be followed by additional sessions on Nov. 9 at the Retirement Systems of Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery, and Nov. 10 at the Wiregrass Research & Extension Center in Headland. All sessions begin at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m.
Speakers at all three sessions will include: Dr. Jim Hairston, professor of agronomy & soils and Alabama Cooperative Extension System Water Program coordinator at Auburn University; Keith Gray, director of National Affairs for the Alabama Farmers Federation; and Thomas Dozier, chairman of the Federal Land Bank Association of South Alabama.
Mark Hall, coordinator of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Renewable Energy Program, will speak on biofuel opportunities at the Cullman and Montgomery sessions. Dr. David Bransby, professor of energy and fiber crops at Auburn University, will handle the biofuels issue at the Headland session.
Pre-registration is requested. For more information or directions to the sessions, contact the AAC at (334) 271-2281, (334) 398-2220 or www.alagribusiness.org. You may also download an agenda and registration form below.
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