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Horticulture Division Goals and Issues

Goals of the division are long-term and short-term. Issues and challenges facing producers are evaluated each year. Priority is determined by producers at the annual Commodity Organizational Meeting to determine a focus for the division's efforts. A state committee, which is elected by other producers throughout the state, serves to oversee the execution of these goals.

Goals include:

  • Monitor the Food Safety legislation in Washington and research opportunities in implementing a food safety program on their farms.
  • Increased promotion of the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign
  • Promote Alabama's produce and value-added products as to educate the many benefits to the public.
  • Research opportunities to increase marketing assistance from the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries and monitor Specialty Crops Fund and potential grants.
  • Continue to provide input and priortize research projects that are important to our producers.
  • Support and expand the Farm to School Program and Farmers Market Nutrition Programs.
  • Maintain faculty fruit positions and refill positions as they are vacated.
  • Monitor liability issues/situations that can negatively affect our producers.
  • Monitor possibilities for alternative energy, and assist producers in ways to minimize the effects of increasing energy costs.
  • Promote the acceptance of crops developed with biotechnology to the public.

Helping farmers address everyday problems is a key part of our mission. New challenges always appear and the Horticulture Division of Alabama Farmers Federation is prepared to address those for the benefit of its members.