Meet cogongrass, the fire-loving, stabby demon plant invading Alabama
Published 4/11/2022 in Alabama Agriculture & Industries
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – It doesn’t look like much at first, a dense field of grass with a few willowy white tufts like dandelions sprouting at the top. But cogongrass, an Asian-native plant, is spreading fast across Alabama and costing landowners millions. Cogongrass chokes out forests and hunting lands, threatening habitats. It inhibits the growth of other plants and ruins pasturelands, as livestock have trouble eating or digesting it. The weed is also highly flammable and increases the risk of devastating wildfires. Cogongrass doesn’t... read more ❯
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Benefit Cards still Available for Seniors
Published 4/5/2022 in Alabama Agriculture & Industries
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries’ Farmers Market Authority Section. The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with a $30 benefit card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers at farmers markets and farm stands in the state of Alabama. This year’s program was launched in January and funds are still available. Market season is here and seniors who have applied should... read more ❯
USDA Grant to Provide Relief to Seafood Processors Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Published 3/28/2022 in Alabama Agriculture & Industries
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) announces a grant program to distribute $200,000 in relief funds for eligible Alabama seafood processors, dealers, and processing vessels who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Alabama was allocated this funding under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program. ADAI will administer the grant program on behalf of USDA to qualified applicants. The grant is intended to defray... read more ❯
Financial Relief for Landowners to Fight Cogongrass
Published 3/11/2022 in Alabama Agriculture & Industries
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Financial relief will soon be available to assist Alabama landowners adversely affected by the non-native, invasive noxious weed, cogongrass. Administered by the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Cogongrass Mitigation Program is made possible through a grant from the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection & Quarantine (PPQ). The goals of this program are to reduce the number of infested acres, eliminate cogongrass’s damaging effects on existing ecosystems, and improve the productivity of impacted sites.... read more ❯
New Cogongrass Campaign Addresses Threat to Alabama
Published 3/2/2022 in Alabama Agriculture & Industries
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has initiated a new social media campaign to raise awareness of the dangers cogongrass poses to the state. With agriculture and natural ecosystems at risk, ADAI is calling on Alabamians to recognize this threat and share the information. Cogongrass has now infested more than 75 percent of Alabama’s counties. This federally regulated noxious weed was introduced in the U.S. in 1911 as packing material in the port of Mobile. In... read more ❯
USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications Being Accepted
Published 3/1/2022 in Alabama Agriculture & Industries
USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications Being Accepted
MONTGOMERY, Ala.- The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is accepting grant applications for projects that enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops in foreign and domestic markets. The application deadline for these specialty crop block grants through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is April 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CST. Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture (including maple syrup and honey) and nursery crops (including floriculture). Commodity groups, agricultural organizations,... read more ❯
EPA Takes Next Step to Keep Chlorpyrifos Out of Food, Protecting Farmworkers and Children’s HealthEPA Takes Next Step to Keep Chlorpyrifos Out of Food, Protecting Farmworkers and Children’s Health
WASHINGTON (Feb. 25, 2022) - Today, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protect human health, including that of children and farmworkers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the next step to discontinue use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food by denying objections to EPA’s rule revoking all chlorpyrifos tolerances. "Today’s action shows how EPA continues to put the health and safety of the public first, particularly that of children and farmworkers” said Assistant Administrator for the Office... read more ❯
Food Safety Inspectors Conducting Effectiveness Checks on Recalled Infant FormulaFood Safety Inspectors Conducting Effectiveness Checks on Recalled Infant Formula
Montgomery, Ala. - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries food safety inspectors are conducting recall effectiveness checks on Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formulas manufactured at an Abbott Nutrition facility located in Sturgis, Michigan. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners are investigating four consumer complaints of infant illness related to products received from 9/20/2021 to 1/11/2022. All of the cases are reported to have... read more ❯
Food Safety Inspectors Conducting Effectiveness Checks on Recalled Infant FormulaFood Safety Inspectors Conducting Effectiveness Checks on Recalled Infant Formula
Montgomery, Ala. - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries food safety inspectors are conducting recall effectiveness checks on Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formulas manufactured at an Abbott Nutrition facility located in Sturgis, Michigan. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners are investigating four consumer complaints of infant illness related to products received from 9/20/2021 to 1/11/2022. All of the cases are reported to have... read more ❯
FDA Investigation of Cronobacter and Salmonella Complaints: Powdered Infant Formula (February 2022)FDA Investigation of Cronobacter and Salmonella Complaints: Powdered Infant Formula (February 2022)
Do not use certain powdered infant formulas produced at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI facility The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners are investigating four consumer complaints of infant illness related to products from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI facility received from 9/6/2021 to 12/18/2021. All of the cases are reported to have consumed powdered infant formula (IF) produced from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI facility. These complaints include three reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one report of Salmonella Newport... read more ❯