Maintaining a transportation infrastructure

Transportation of inputs to Alabama and finished products out to markets is a prerequisite for sustaining agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries. Alabama is blessed with natural access to an ocean going port and river waterways. The rural nature of agricultural and forestry industries requires a quality transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Many of these locations are not in areas of population or traffic concentration. Transportation of agricultural and forestry commodities is controlled by the least developed road or the lowest capacity bridge along a route. The weakest link in the transportation infrastructure chain controls the movement of inputs and products. Public and private investment partnerships will be required to capitalize upon these transportation systems. Rail, air, and ground transportation infrastructure serves the needs of not only the agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries but also the entire state.

Goals

  1. Encourage Alabama’s Legislature and congressional delegation to maintain the current transportation infrastructure and make critical improvements to facilitate the efficient movement of agricultural, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products.

Actions

  1. The Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries will modernize the Alabama Department of Agriculture &? Industries petroleum testing facilities and protocols. Financing for these upgrades will be provided by updating the department’s fee structure.
  2. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will coordinate an aggressive educational program for federal, state, and county public policy makers on the transportation needs of the agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.
  3. Enact legislation to prioritize Alabama Department of Transportation funding to repair or replace weight-restricted or functionally obsolete bridges.
  4. Support the Alabama Port Authority System to adequately address export needs of Alabama’s agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.
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