Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan was elected President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture at the conclusion of their annual meeting held in Atlanta, Ga.
"I am honored to have been selected by my fellow commissioners, secretaries and directors of state agriculture departments to serve as SASDA’s President," McMillan said. "I will work to ensure that all of the voices of Southern agriculture are heard in our efforts to grow agriculture and industry in the southern region of the United States."
SASDA is made up of 15 Southern states and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Tennessee Commissioner Julius Johnson will serve as vice president, Mississippi Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith as secretary and Texas Commissioner Sid Miller as treasurer. During the conference, members discussed issues relating to topics such as avian influenza, waters of the United States, country of origin labeling and other important agriculture industry-related topics.
The annual SASDA conference will be hosted by Alabama in June 2016 in Point Clear.