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Sticker Shock: Ag. Comm. opts out of putting name on pumps

Generic "Approved" stickers will take the place of ones with the Ag. Comm's name on them. Generic "Approved" stickers will take the place of ones with the Ag. Comm's name on them.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabamians trying to remember the name of the state's agriculture commissioner won't get any help from looking at gas pumps.

Commissioner John McMillan, elected in November, has decided to abandon the practice of printing the commissioner's name on Department of Agriculture inspection stickers.

Agriculture officials inspect all the state's gas pumps, as well as scales at grocery stores, and every instrument that passes inspection gets a sticker.

At some point in the past, commissioners began putting their names on the stickers, generating occasional grumbles that the stickers gave sitting agriculture commissioners a potential boost in name recognition.

 The word "approved" now appears across the bottom of the stickers where the commissioner's name was once displayed.

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