A year ago, budget shortfalls forced the Alabama Department of Corrections to scrap its money-losing farming operations.
That decision left the prison system one less industry to wrest productivity from convicted criminals and it rendered idle thousands of acres of farmland in this summer of skyrocketing grain and produce prices.
Corrections officials said that the department is again about $30 million short for the coming fiscal year’s needs.
About 5,000 acres of corrections farmland is for sale in the Atmore area, near Holman Correctional Facility, land that once produced soybeans, corn, and beef cattle for market.
Even the promise of higher prices has failed to resurrect prison farming.
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