Agriculture Commissioner Speaks To Dothan Rotary Club

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries has their plate full.

"We have a food safety lab, we have a fuels lab, a seed lab, diagnostic labs that are all one way or another responsible for food safety, quality of product to protect consumers in the state, " says McMillan.

That's only a portion of what they do.

The Dothan Rotary Club got an extended version of their list of duties on Monday.

"Dothan is the peanut capital of the world and there's nothing more important than agriculture in this area. So we need, or the farmers especially need to know what's going on with the commission up there in Montgomery because they're there to help the farmers and in turn help us because we depend so much on the farmers, " says David Hanks, Dothan Rotary Club President.

McMillan says there are already programs in place that are benefiting farmers in Alabama.

"Govenor Bentley and the legislature passed legislation letting us work with the Department of Education to get Alabama grown, primarily fruits and vegetables into our classroom lunch program so that has been a great asset. It's coming along really well and we are approaching about 2 million dollars worth of food just in the first year that we've been able to buy from Alabama farmers"

"One of the big areas that we've had a problem with, with the rural theft is people stealing the copper wiring from irrigation systems. They can get $2,000 worth of drug money that might cost the farmer 12 or 15 thousand dollars to replace what was stolen,".

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries works with Sheriff's departments when rural thefts occur.

To learn more about the Department of Agriculture and Industries, visit

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