MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Sweet Grown Alabama, the state’s new agricultural branding initiative, is excited to welcome Alabama Ag Credit as a founding member of the program.
“Our board and team of employees are thrilled to be a part of this new initiative”, said Doug Thiessen, CEO of Alabama Ag Credit. “We exist to serve agriculture and rural Alabama, and by being a founding member of this initiative, we can demonstrate our strong support for the producers in our state while encouraging consumers to do likewise.”
As a first-year founding member, Alabama Ag Credit will be recognized by the non-profit for the duration of the program. Funds will be utilized to encourage purchasing of locally-grown products through traditional and digital marketing. Member farmers, restaurants and stores will be listed in an online searchable database coming spring 2020.
“Alabama Ag Credit is critical in connecting Alabama farmers and families through our brand as a founding member,” said Ellie Watson, Sweet Grown Alabama Director. “This program is built on partnerships, and the outstanding support from Alabama Ag Credit allows Sweet Grown Alabama to better serve Alabama producers and consumers.”
(L-R) Alabama Ag Credit's Amber Pratt, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, and Doug Thiessen, CEO, present Sweet Grown Alabama representatives Rick Pate, Board President and Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, and Ellie Watson, Director, with the Founding Membership check.
About Sweet Grown Alabama:
Sweet Grown Alabama is a non-profit foundation that enhances marketing opportunities for Alabama farmers by connecting retailers and consumers to Alabama-grown foods and other agricultural products. Farmers, product makers, restaurants, retailers and others are encouraged to join the branding program and use the Sweet Grown Alabama logo on their locally-grown products. To learn more visit www.SweetGrownAlabama.org.
About Alabama Ag Credit:
Alabama Ag Credit is a borrower-stockholder financial cooperative that finances the growth of rural Alabama, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. They provide a variety of flexible financing options for farms, timber and forestry operations, agribusinesses, land, equipment, and rural homes and homesites in 40 counties in central and south Alabama. Alabama Ag Credit is a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System.
Director, Sweet Grown Alabama