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Cultivator — February 13, 2015

Agriculture Strategic Plan Announced

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan, center, presented the agriculture strategic plan to Gov. Robert Bentley, second from right, Feb. 10 at the State Farmers Market in Montgomery. From left are Alabama Cooperative Extension System Director Gary Lemme, Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell, McMillan, Bentley and State House Agriculture and Forestry Committee Chairman David Sessions, R-Grand Bay.

Alabama agriculture groups and leaders hope a new strategic plan will add $7 billion to the state’s economy and create 58,000 jobs by 2020.

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan announced the “Strategic Plan to Grow Alabama’s Agriculture, Agribusiness, Forestry and Forest Products Industries” to Gov. Robert Bentley Feb. 10 at the State Farmers Market in Montgomery.

“This plan is not a wish list,” McMillan said. “It tells us what we can do to work together among state agencies, private industry and other stakeholders to accomplish these goals.”

McMillan said following the strategic plan will result in a 10-percent increase in employment and economic impact from the state’s agriculture and forestry industries.

The plan identified seven keys to future growth: fostering capital investment, developing a quality workforce, ensuring freedom to operate, maintaining transportation infrastructure, expanding trade, strengthening the mission of land grant universities and promoting economic development. Each key is described with a list of actions and goals.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell and Executive Director Paul Pinyan served on the 12-member steering committee that developed the plan.

“This committee showed what our groups are capable of achieving by working together,” Pinyan said. “By continuing this partnership, we can achieve the lofty goal of increasing the state’s agriculture and forestry industries by 10 percent, which will benefit all Alabamians.”

The plan can be viewed online at AlabamaStrategicPlan.com.


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