Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Strange

May 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 22, 2017, The Alabama Farmers Federation announced that Senator Luther Strange (R) has received the endorsement of FarmPAC, their political action committee.

Farmer’s Federation President Jimmy Parnell said in a statement, “Sen. Strange has proven his commitment to Alabama farmers and forest owners by seeking and securing appointment to the Agriculture Committee and continuing the fight against regulatory overreach. Alabama farmers have enjoyed a close working relationship with Sen. Strange, and we look forward to helping him address the needs of rural Alabama as a US senator.”
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Brinson on African trade mission

May 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 22, 2017, US Senate candidate Randy Brinson spoke from Africa about his current trade mission and the benefits it will bring to Alabama farmers, agribusiness and related industries.

Brinson left Alabama May 19, on a 10-day trade mission to Zambia as part of his Alabama Agribusiness Renaissance initiative. This is Brinson’s 7th International Trade Mission, and his 4th to Africa, in cooperation with Alabama’s Agriculture Commissioner, John McMillian.
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Bill would allow municipalities to annex areas draws concerns from Representatives

May 17, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that would increase municipalities ability to annex unincorporated areas surrounded by incorporated areas drew some concern from committee members on Tuesday.

The House County and Municipal Government Committee was host to a public hearing on Tuesday for Senate Bill 266.

Only certain municipalities can annex unincorporated areas that are enclosed within the incorporated areas currently.

The bill would allow for all municipalities to annex unincorporated areas if they are enclosed within incorporated areas. Annexing these unincorporated areas would first require that the land owners would have to sign off on the annexing before a decision was made.
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Trump Appoints Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

January 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Thursday, January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald J. Trump (R) nominated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) applauded President-elect Donald Trump’s selection saying that Perdue is an experienced leader who is very familiar with and dedicated to the interests of farmers.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Governor Perdue is an experienced leader who has represented a wide array of agriculture commodities ranging from peanuts to forestry. He’s been a longtime friend to farmers, and because farming is Alabama’s largest industry, a friend of farmers is a friend of mine.”
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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

January 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Rural Caucus Holds Meeting With ADEM, Ag Leaders to Discuss Fees on Poultry Farmers

August 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 16, the members of the House Rural Caucus held a lengthy meeting with top Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) officials and Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan (R), state Veterinarian Tommy Frazier as well as representatives of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation. At issue is how to fund continued inspections of Alabama’s numerous poultry farms.
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Newman Holds on to School Board Seat

April 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 12, north Alabama voters went to the polls and Incumbent Jeff Newman (R) held on to his State school board seat with 62.1 percent of the votes cast to Bonner’s 37.1 percent.

Turnout was terrible in District 7 where as of press time only 11,087 votes had been cast in the 12 county district.

In the week before the runoff the powerful Business Council of Alabama (BCA) pumped over $50,000 into Newman’s campaign, through their PROGRESS PAC. The Alabama Farmer’s Federation PAC contributed another $10,000.
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BCA and Allies Backing Brown and Newman in Tuesday’s School Board GOP Runoffs

April 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 12, Republican voters go to the polls in State School Board District 1 and District 7 to decide who the Republican Party wants on the state school board.

Very large sums of money are pouring into the campaigns of incumbents Matthew Brown and Jeffrey Newman: most of it from the powerful Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.
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Farmers, Tea Party, and NRA All Endorse Shelby for Senate

December 14, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 11, 2015, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced that he had received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for his reelection to a sixth term in the Senate.  The endorsement is the third major endorsement Shelby received last week.  He also was also endorsed by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation and the Alabama Patriots, one of Alabama’s oldest tea party groups.
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McMillan and Other State Leaders Celebrate Farm to School Success in Montgomery

December 9, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, December 8, satsuma farmer Jeremy Sessions joined Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan (R); the Administrator of the Child Nutrition Program for the Alabama Department of Education, Frank Speed; the Director of the Farm to School Program, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Don Wambles; Alabama Farmers Federation Horticulture Division Director, Mac Higginbotham, Principal Michelle Harris; and the Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama Kathryn Strickland at Dalraida Elementary School where students ate satsumas with their lunch and then had an opportunity to meet the farmer who grew those fruits.  The Tuesday event was part of the state’s Farm-To-School initiative.
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