Strengthening the land grant mission

Alabama agricultural and forestry industries are driven by technology. Tremendous increases in production and new products are the result of technologies developed at land grant universities or by industry-employed land grant educated professionals. Alabama is the home to three land grant universities with nationally recognized agricultural and forestry teaching, research, and Extension programs. Collaboration between industry leaders and universities is required to foster the development of new technology and the delivery of relevant Extension programs. Coordinated efforts among the three land grant universities will optimize efficiency and maximize the benefit of investments in research and Extension.

Goals

  1. Foster collaboration among Alabama’s three land grant universities.
  2. Ensure research and Extension programs are relevant to the short and long term needs of Alabama.
  3. Increase funding for research and Extension programs through reprioritization and new sources that are targeted to solving challenges and creating opportunities for Alabama agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.
  4. Eliminate feral hog and wildlife damage to Alabama farms and forest lands.

Actions

  1. Alabama agriculture and forestry leaders will petition the Alabama Legislature to increase funding for research and Extension programs focusing on industry profitability and natural resource stewardship.
  2. Increase research and Extension programs focusing upon eliminating feral hogs and minimizing wildlife damage to Alabama farms and forest lands.
  3. The Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries will work with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to adopt wildlife management policies that will help eradicate feral hogs in Alabama.
  4. Alabama Extension System will expand Extension Disaster Education Network programming with a focus on weather disaster recovery in the agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.
  5. Land grant leaders will identify priority research, teaching, and Extension needs and explore collaborative funding mechanisms.
  6. Land grant universities will increase the amount of applied research and Extension programming at experiment station field locations.
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