It’s been a long road to the Alabama Agricultural Museum, and Mike Jones, the museum’s president, said it’s been “exciting to watch our industry grow.”
Jones said it took time for the museum to get a hold of its own and build relationships with vendors and consumers.
“It’s a tough thing, because we’ve been able to get it in the hands of farmers and consumers through the state and local governments,” Jones said.
“The last couple of years we’ve gotten a lot of support from businesses and people.”
Jones pointed to the Birmingham-based food truck company Big Oats as an example of a business that has seen the growth it’s experienced.
Big Oats, which is based in Alabama, began in 2014, and Jones said the organization has grown to about 20 employees.
“The growth in the food truck industry has been great, especially in Birmingham and surrounding areas,” Jones told ESPN.
“There are now more than 2,000 businesses that are affiliated with Big Oat and they’re all working together to grow our industry.”
The Alabama Agricultural Institute is one of Alabama’s largest agriculture programs.
It’s one of only three Alabama universities to receive a National Science Foundation research grant to research the role of agribusiness in food production.
The other universities are the University of Alabama, Alabama Agricultural University and the University at Montgomery.