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August 29, 2011   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
August 29, 2011

From left, Alabama Farmers Federation Wheat and Feed Grains, Cotton and Bee and Honey Divisions Director Buddy Adamson, Federation Area 5 Organization Director Ralph Golden, Crenshaw County Federation Board member Tony Beck and Crenshaw County Federation President Augusta Cook discussed commodity prices and input costs following Thursday's meeting.
Crenshaw County farmers received updates on several commodities, as well as labor and transportation issues, during a meeting at the Tom Harbin Ag Center in Luverne Aug. 25. The Crenshaw County Farmers Federation sponsored the meeting.

Alabama Farmers Federation Wheat and Feed Grains, Cotton and Bee and Honey Divisions Director Buddy Adamson reminded producers to vote in the Sept. 8 Wheat and Feed Grains Checkoff Referendum. He updated producers on the crop conditions statewide and discussed federal transportation regulation enforcement proposals that were thwarted by the Federation and other farm organizations.

"Had those regulations been interpreted differently, it could have had a negative impact on every farmer," Adamson said. "We will continue to monitor the issue closely."

The regulations he referenced included changes in the definition of federal intrastate and interstate travel relating to commodities and farm equipment used by farmers.

Adamson also told producers that the 2012 farm bill is being discussed and that farmers will likely see reduced funding for farm programs because of budget cuts.

"We've told Congress that we know there will be cuts, but we don't want agriculture to get cut by a disproportionate share," he said.

Federation Pork, Poultry and Dairy Divisions Director Guy Hall presented photos of storm-damaged poultry houses in the state. The photos revealed that stronger, modern construction techniques helped many houses survive the storm while other, older houses were destroyed. He also discussed proposed increases in permit fees for animal feeding operations regulated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

Federation Beef, Equine and Hay and Forage Divisions Director Nate Jaeger encouraged farmers to consider saving heifers from their herds in anticipation of overall low beef cattle herd numbers that continue to spiral downward. He reported that hay is likely to be in short supply for winter-feeding this year, but encouraged producers to have their hay tested to ensure its nutritional value.

"Especially when hay is in short supply, it's more important than ever to know the nutritional value of what you are feeding," he said.

Jaeger also discussed the state's new animal disease traceability that the Federation's State Beef Committee was instrumental in drafting.

David Cole, the Federation's director of agricultural legislation, discussed the 2011 legislative session and the state's new immigration law. He reminded farmers that portions of the new immigration law take effect Sept. 1. He encouraged all farmers to review their I-9 employment verification forms, which is required by law for every employee. The forms are available at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website at www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.

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