Strategic Plan to Grow Alabama's Agriculture, Agribusiness, Forestry, and Forest Products Industry

2015-2020

Purpose

Increase the economic contribution to Alabama's economy and the number of Alabamians employed in Alabama's agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.

Goal

Increase agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries' contribution to Alabama's economy and employment by 10% from 70.4 Billion to 77.4 billion and employment from 580,295 to 638,324 Alabamians by 2020.


Keys to Future Success

Fostering capital investment
Recommendation: Develop greater access to capital in order to finance small business ventures for agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.
Developing a quality workforce
Recommendation: Develop Alabama’s workforce education and skills through greater emphasis on secondary and higher education, including career development programs. Also, support federal and state initiatives for a comprehensive, pro-business reform of guest worker programs to ensure a reliable source of workers for agricultural and forestry enterprises.
Ensuring freedom to operate
Recommendation: Establish a positive and reliable public policy and regulatory environment for Alabama agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries, with special emphasis on nurturing small businesses.
Maintaining transportation infrastructure
Recommendation: Maintain the current transportation infrastructure and make improvements to facilitate the efficient movement of products.
Expanding markets and trade
Recommendation: Expand agriculture and forestry-focused marketing development efforts for Alabama producers in both domestic and international markets
Strengthening the land grant mission.
Recommendation: Build a collaborative engagement with Alabama land grant universities on curriculum, research, and Extension programming.
Promoting economic development with state agency collaboration.
Recommendation: Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will collaborate with the Alabama Department of Commerce in promoting growth of the agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries as an avenue of economic development in Alabama.