March 10, 2017
Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Steve Marshall of Marshall County to the position of Alabama attorney general Feb. 10.
Marshall filled a vacancy created when Bentley appointed Luther Strange to fill the post of former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the new U.S. attorney general.
“Attorney General Marshall is well respected by the farmers and residents of Marshall County, where he’s served as district attorney since 2001,” said Brian Hardin, director of Governmental and Agricultural Programs for the Alabama Farmers Federation. “He understands the importance of agriculture to our communities and state.”
On the national stage, Strange was appointed to serve on the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.
“Agriculture is Alabama’s No. 1 industry, and it is exciting to have a senator on the Ag Committee,” said Federation Director of National Legislative Programs Mitt Walker. “Sen. Strange will play a pivotal role in the design of the next farm bill and will also be in a strong position to advance other policies that benefit farmers, consumers, and Alabama as a whole.”
In other good news for Alabama farmers, a former peer of Strange’s was recently confirmed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
As Oklahoma attorney general, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt led the fight against EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, which would have expanded EPA’s regulation of private lands. He was confirmed Feb. 17.