Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Roby for another term

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Farmers Federation endorsed U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, for re-election and cited her support for the agriculture community in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised Roby’s work on behalf of Alabama’s farmers in Congress.

“The Alabama Farmers Federation is fortunate to have a true friend of farmers in Representative Martha Roby,” Parnell said. “She not only understands the issues facing the agriculture community, but she is also extremely responsive to the needs of the members we serve. We are proud to stand by Martha Roby and continue to support her as she works on behalf of the people of Alabama’s Second District.”

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Farmers Federation endorses Kay Ivey, Will Ainsworth, Alice Martin

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Farm PAC, a political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation, announced their endorsements for the 2018 primary election for three key statewide races.

FarmPAC spokesman Jeff Helms wrote that the endorsements followed a full day of meetings, during which Republican and Democratic candidates for statewide office met with Federation county leaders from across the state. Each candidate was given ten minutes to address the more than 80 FarmPAC Advisory Trustees and answered questions on issues ranging from taxes and regulation to judicial philosophy and traditional values.

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Candidates appeal to St. Clair County Farmers

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 15, 2018, the St. Clair County Farmer’s Federation held a political forum in Ashville, Alabama.  Candidates spoke to the farmers about the issues facing St. Clair County and the state of Alabama.

“I have served one term in the Senate and three terms in the House,” state Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, said. “I am going to do it one more time. I look forward to your support.  I don’t think I have ever taken a stand against a Farmer’s Federation position.”

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Strange

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Forestry Association urged their membership to vote for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

“The headline in the Montgomery Advertiser on October 6, 2014 read ‘U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alabama school-funding case.’ We can (and should) thank Luther Strange for this victory,” the group wrote in a release on their website.

“There have been several important landmark dates in the history of the Alabama Forestry Association; the election that defeated Bob Riley’s $1 billion tax hike (Amendment One) and the transfer of power in the Statehouse in 2010 come quickly to mind,” the AFA wrote “However, the final disposition of the Lynch v. State of Alabama lawsuit has to be the most important for Alabama’s landowners.”

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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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