Sweet Grown Alabama, a statewide agricultural branding program, has launched. Sweet Grown Alabama’s mission is to enhance marketing opportunities for farmers by connecting retailers and consumers to Alabama-grown foods and other ag products. Farmers and value-added product makers can join and brand Alabama-grown products with the logo. Member farms and products will be listed in an online directory. Learn more at SweetGrownAlabama.org.
A Hemp Advisory Committee has been appointed by Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell. Joe Lambrecht of Elmore County chairs the committee, which includes Joel Sirmon, Baldwin County; Jim Lewey, Geneva County; Jackie Loyd, Jackson County; and Jason Lazenby, Lee County.
The H-2A certification process could change with an updated U.S. Labor Department rule, which would possibly make it easier for producers to participate in the program and find the labor they need. Current regulations require employers to complete a rigorous labor certification process to demonstrate the positions couldn’t be filled by U.S. workers.