Promoting economic development through state agency collaboration

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in partnership with the Alabama Forestry Commission and other agencies must assume the leadership to recruit agricultural and forestry product processing and manufacturing companies to Alabama and to expand market opportunities for existing businesses. Land grant universities are the primary research/ development institutions supporting continued growth of agriculture and forestry industries. Alabama’s public research, Extension, and regulatory infrastructure that supports agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries is suffering from decades of neglect. Modernization of research, Extension, and regulatory facilities is essential to develop industry- shaping technology and ensure public food safety.

Goals

  1. Continuously evaluate existing public policy and regulations to optimize growth of Alabama’s agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.
  2. Make market development a priority for the Department of Agriculture and Industries and the Alabama Forestry Commission.
  3. Integrate the strategic plan for enhancing agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries into the State of Alabama’s economic development strategic plan.
  4. Ensure that public facilities and equipment critical to successful research, Extension, and regulatory programming for the benefit of agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries are available to researchers, Extension educators, and regulators.

Actions

  1. Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries will formalize the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan Steering Committee as a permanent entity with the mission of implementing, monitoring, and updating the Alabama Agriculture and Forestry Strategic Plan.
  2. Alabama Forestry Commission, Alabama Forestry Association, and Alabama Farmers Federation will form a task force to evaluate private and public forest protection assets that include staffing levels, resource allocation, equipment needs, response times, and partnerships to ensure protection of Alabama forest assets and personal property.
  3. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, the Alabama Forestry Commission, and the land grant universities along with stakeholder participation will assess the equipment and facility needs of research, Extension and regulators to produce a prioritized list on a biannual basis for the Governor of Alabama
  4. The Alabama Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture and Industries, and the Alabama Forestry Commission will collaborate on the recruitment of agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, and forest products industries.
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