Agriculture Compliance

Feed, Fertilizer, Lime, Seed Inspection, 
Stockyards, Brands, and Certificates of Free Sale

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Resources for Animal Food Producers in the Gulf Coast of the United States Affected by Tropical Storm Ida

As Tropical Storm Ida approaches the southeastern United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine reminds those who may be affected by storm waters about resources available for animal food producers who may be harvesting, mixing, storing or distributing grains and other foods for animals.

The FDA reminds harvesters that crops harvested from flooded fields are often unacceptable because of contamination. Flood waters, which are different from pooled rainwater, may contain sewage, pathogenic organisms, pesticides, chemical wastes, or other toxic substances. Mold growth is another serious concern for flood impacted crops intended for use in animal food. Some molds produce mycotoxins, which are toxic to certain animals and people.

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Legislation was passed, Act 2021-321, in the 2021 session of the Alabama Legislature that now requires that all Agricultural Liming Materials labels must include the Relative Neutralizing Value (RNV) in addition to the other guarantees and information already prescribed by law.

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FDA In Brief: FDA Issues a Corporate-Wide Warning Letter to Company Associated with Contaminated Pet Food, Hundreds of Adverse Events

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a corporate-wide warning letter to Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. after inspections of its manufacturing sites revealed apparent violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that were shared across the sites. These conditions likely contributed to the illness or death of hundreds of dogs.

The initial inspection of Midwestern’s Chickasha, Oklahoma plant was triggered by reports of illness or death in dogs that had eaten SPORTMiX brand dry dog food manufactured by Midwestern. Samples of SPORTMiX were later found to contain levels of aflatoxin as high as 558 parts per billion (ppb). The FDA considers pet food to be adulterated if it contains more than 20 ppb of aflatoxin.

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Animal nutrition group urges more research on hemp safety and efficacy.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., (September 20, 2021) The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), the independent organization that provides ingredient definitions, label standards and laboratory guidance for state, federal and international feed regulators, has issued a position paper and call to action on hemp and its byproducts in livestock feed and companion animal pet food.

Agriculture Compliance

Agriculture Compliance is responsible for many areas of agriculture.  

We inspect and enforce laws pertaining to feed, seed, fertilizer and agricultural lime as well as conducting yearly BSE Inspections at feed manufacturing facilities.

We issue permits to seed dealers and processors.

Agricultural Compliance is responsible for Stockyards and Brands registration and licensing/permitting of bonded livestock markets, livestock dealers, issuing livestock hauler trailer tags and livestock brands.

We also issue Certificates of Free Sale to Alabama companies in order for them to ship their products around the world. 


Effective January 1, 2017, stricter federal rules regulate how medically important antibioticsmedications that are important for treating human diseasecan be administered to animals in feed and drinking water.

Among the provisions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires veterinary oversight whenever such antibiotics are administered to any food animal species via feed or water, even if the animals are not intended for food production. From pet rabbits and pigs, to backyard poultry, to large livestock farms, the same restrictions apply. 

All medically important antibiotics to be used in feed or water for food animal species require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) or a prescription.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Veterinary Feed Directive Page

FDA How to Report a Pet Food Complaint


Top Quality Dog Food Recalls Batch Of “Beef HVM” 1-Pound Packages with Lot Number 071521, Because of Possible Salmonella, Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk

Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company® Voluntarily Recalls Simply Nourish Brand Frozen Dog Food Due to Elevated Levels of Vitamin D
07/29/2021  Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin

Freshpet Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Freshpet® Select Small Dog Bite Size Beef & Egg Recipe Dog Food Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Dog Food Products Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination
05/21/2021  Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls L.I.D. Green Pea & Chicken Dry Cat Formula for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk


Ridley Block Operations Voluntarily Recalls Three Batches of Crystalyx® Sheep-lyxTM


Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Expands Recall of Pet Food for Aflatoxin Health Risk

Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk

Contact Information


Scott Absher
Program Manager

Phone:  334-240-7184
Fax:      334-240-7193

1-800-642-7761 ext. 7184

State of Alabama
Department of Agriculture and Industries
Agricultural Compliance Section
1445 Federal Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36107-1123

Field Inspector Contact Information

Jamie Booker, Supervisor - 251-589-2612

Jason Fields - 256-​280-5032 

Coty Galloway - 256-947-0081 

Carl Jackson - 334-850-9603       

Bill McMillan - 334-726-0143        

Kenny Mehearg - 334-850-0780      

Blake Pickett - 334-850-1317     

Kevin Rye - 256-460-3009

Code of Alabama & Administrative Code Rules

Division Contacts

Agriculture Compliance Division 

State of Alabama 
Department of Agriculture and Industries
Agricultural Compliance Section
1445 Federal Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36107-1123
Program Director 

Scott Absher

Phone:  334-240-7184 
Fax:       334-240-7193
1-800-642-7761 ext 7184 or 7304