Opinion | Fighting for rural America

January 15, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

Approximately 46 million people call rural America home, according to information from the Department of Agriculture. These rural communities make up the backbone of our state and play a substantial role in the overall American economy.

Unfortunately, rural communities are facing some serious challenges. For the first time on record, the rural population in our country is shrinking. Job growth since 2011 has been below that of urban areas, and the economic recovery has been much slower for rural areas.

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Strange says he’s proud to vote to confirm Sonny Perdue

April 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 24, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R) joining 86 other Senators colleagues in voting to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) as Secretary of Agriculture.

Senator Strange said, “We have waited long enough for this critical opportunity, and I was proud to cast my vote today for Governor Sonny Perdue. In him, the Department of Agriculture has a principled leader, and Alabama farmers have a loyal advocate who understands the unique concerns of Southern growers. As a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, I look forward to working with the Secretary on the upcoming farm bill as the voice of Alabama farmers.”
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Alabama Drought is a Growing Disaster

October 25, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As of October 20, 2016, 32 counties in Alabama have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and 15 additional counties are classified as contiguous counties by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the ongoing drought.

The terrible drought conditions have led the US Department of Agriculture to make several drought assistance programs available to farmers in the affected counties.

Several programs are being offered by USDA-FSA.
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Vilsack Visits with Sewell in Seventh District

August 18, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 12, US Representative Terri Sewell welcomed US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack to Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, where he announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.6 million in various projects within the 7th Congressional District.

Secretary Vilsack made the announcement while touring through the 7th Congressional District with Congresswoman Sewell. They began their district tour with a groundbreaking ceremony in Whitehall, to launch a waste water treatment plant that received a $1.02 million grant, and a $112,000 USDA loan. 
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Alabama Agriculture Grows Despite Tough Economy

August 13, 2013

By John McMillan

The numbers tell the story: $70.4 billion. That’s the sum total of the economic impact of agriculture, agribusiness and forestry on Alabama’s economy.

Bear in mind, each year, Alabama’s economy generates $188.3 billion in goods and services, 37% of which comes from farming, forestry and agribusinesses. Among Alabama workers, two in five rely on farming, forestry and agribusiness for their livelihood.

The past decade has been a relatively good time for farmers as commodity prices –
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