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July 23, 2007   Email to Friend 

STATE AG DEPARTMENT SETS DROUGHT ASSESSMENT TOUR
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
July 23, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Mike Kilgore, executive director of the Alabama Farmers Federation, will join Alabama Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks and other agricultural leaders on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in visiting with Alabama farmers suffering under the state's worst drought in a century.

Sparks' office announced the tour today, saying that the group will make three stops across the state as it seeks to assess drought conditions in the different growing regions. The group will also be seeking to determine current growing conditions and imminent needs, and update growers on the status of state and federal drought assistance relief efforts.

Department of Agriculture and Industries Deputy Commissioner Ronnie Murphy, President and CEO of Alabama Farmers Cooperative Tommy Paulk and representatives from Monsanto will join Sparks and Kilgore.

The tour schedule is as follows:

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. -- Tennessee Valley Research & Extension Center, Decatur; phone (256) 353-8702.

Noon-2 p.m. -- Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, Montgomery; phone (334) 240-7282.

4-5:15 p.m. -- Wiregrass Research & Extension, Headland; phone (334) 693-2010.

For more information, contact Christy Rhodes Kirk in the Department of Agriculture & Industries at (334) 240-7103.


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