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ALABAMA AGRIBUSINESS COUNCIL TO HOST LISTENING SESSION SERIES ON AGRIBUSINESS IN ALABAMA

Montgomery -- The Alabama Agribusiness Council will host a series of three listening sessions entitled Developing a Strategic Plan for Agribusiness in Alabama: Listening Sessions Series - to hear from Alabamians in the business of agriculture, family farming and agribusiness on their needs.

The purpose of the listening sessions is to help the Council fulfill the first recommendation of the Governor's Commission on the Future of Family Farming and Alabama Agriculture and Agribusiness -- to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to address the needs of all segments of agriculture and agribusiness in Alabama.

All sessions will be 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with lunch provided to all attendees at 12:30 p.m. The dates and locations of the listening sessions will be:

* November 8, 2006: Cullman - AllSteak Restaurant Conference Center, 314 2nd Avenue SW, 3rd Floor

* November 9, 2006: Montgomery - RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Avenue

* November 10, 2006: Headland - Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, 265 East Alabama Highway 134

Before the audience discussion time, attendees will hear presentations from experts on:

* Water Resources and It's Applications

* Economic Development Opportunities with Biofuels in Alabama

* The Federal Farm Bill & Trade

* Farm Credit

Speakers Include:

* Tyrone Spearman, Director, National Peanut Buying Points Association (Facilitator)

* Dr. Jim Hairston, Professor of Agronomy & Soils & ACES Water Program Coordinator, Auburn University

* W. Thomas Dozier, Chairman, Federal Land Band Association of South Alabama

* Mark Hall, Regional Extension Agency, Agronomy, Renewable Energy Program Coordinator, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (November 8 & 9)

* Dr. David Bransby, Professor, Energy & Fiber Crops, Department of Agronomy & Soils, Auburn University (November 10)

* Keith Gray, National Affairs, Alabama Farmers Federation

Founded in 1989, the Alabama Agribusiness Council had grown from its founding group of agribusiness leaders to its current status as the umbrella organization for all aspects of agribusiness. The Council's diverse membership brings together agribusiness producers, suppliers, processors, lenders, educators, international trade consultants, small businesses, large corporations, and associations into one voice for Alabama agribusiness. The Council's mission is to promote and develop agribusiness in Alabama. The Council's primary purpose is to work with groups and organizations to effectively promote and enhance the business of agriculture and forestry in Alabama.

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