Alabama Agriculture Department http://apr.org en Ala. Ag Commissioner Forecasts 6 Percent Growth http://apr.org/post/ala-ag-commissioner-forecasts-6-percent-growth <p>The state agriculture commissioner says Alabama's farmers are in line to have the same 6 percent growth in income that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast for farmers nationwide this year.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Commissioner John McMillan says Alabama's largest farm product, poultry, is 9 percent ahead of 2012 levels. He attributes that to a strong overseas demand and the leveling of costs, including energy and feed.<br> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:02:19 +0000 The Associated Press 36974 at http://apr.org Ala. Ag Commissioner Forecasts 6 Percent Growth Dale Peterson Out At Ala. Ag Department http://apr.org/post/dale-peterson-out-ala-ag-department <P>A plan by state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan to hire another of his rivals from the 2010 campaign is off.</P> <P>McMillan had planned to hire Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson, who ran against McMillan in the Republican primary in 2010, but Peterson announced Thursday he's not going to work at the state agriculture department. Peterson says he realized McMillan was trying to neutralize him and keep him from being a potential candidate in 2014.</P> <P>McMillan said he notified Peterson on Wednesday that the nearly $73,000-a-year job was off. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:38:17 +0000 The Associated Press 23062 at http://apr.org Dale Peterson Out At Ala. Ag Department Alabama AG Commissioner Hires Another Opponent http://apr.org/post/alabama-ag-commissioner-hires-another-opponent <p>Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan is hiring another rival from the 2010 campaign.</p><p>Deputy Commissioner Brett Hall says McMillan is bringing Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson on board. Peterson will serve as his confidential assistant with an annual salary of more than $72,000.</p><p>The two men faced off in the Republican primary in 2010. McMillan had previously hired the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, Glen Zorn, to be his assistant commissioner.</p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 00:34:12 +0000 The Associated Press 22847 at http://apr.org Alabama AG Commissioner Hires Another Opponent Alabama Farmers See Record Yields in 2012 http://apr.org/post/alabama-farmers-see-record-yields-2012 <P>State agriculture officials say Alabama's record yields in cotton, soybean and peanut crops in 2012 helped to offset lower than average corn yields.</P> <P>The Gadsden Times reports (<A href="http://bit.ly/W2ALK8"><U><FONT color=#0000ff>http://bit.ly/W2ALK8</FONT></U></A> ) that soybean and cotton yields in northeast Alabama also likely set records this year.</P> <DIV> <P>David Derrick, regional extension agent for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, says this year has been one of the best ever for row crop farmers.</P> <P>Officials say farmers benefited from higher than average Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:37:48 +0000 The Associated Press 21806 at http://apr.org Alabama Farmers See Record Yields in 2012 State officials To Rework Consulting Contract http://apr.org/post/state-officials-rework-consulting-contract Alabama's agriculture department is reworking a proposed $288,000 consulting contract. Agriculture officials on Thursday pulled the item from the agenda of the Legislative Contract Review Committee. Commissioner John McMillan said he wanted to rework the contract's terms and expand its description. The committee's agenda had included a two-year, $288,000 deal with lobbyist and former state Rep. Noopie Cosby Jr. The contract requires him to create significant agriculture product exporting and rural development programs, among other duties, for McMillan. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:07:46 +0000 The Associated Press 18892 at http://apr.org State officials To Rework Consulting Contract