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Agriculture plays a key role in the economy of Georgia’s 12th district. The continued vitality of this sector of the economy has ramifications far beyond that of the families that make their living growing a wide range of commodities like cotton, onions, peanuts, timber, and livestock. Agriculture is oftentimes the economic driver of our rural communities that make up so much of our great home state.

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I have a unique opportunity to make significant policy impacts on the agriculture industry. Foremost, the Agriculture Committee is tasked with crafting a new farm bill every five years which authorizes hundreds of programs that are vitally important to the agricultural interests of our state and our country. These programs include research, farm credit, rural development, nutritional programs, food safety, and agricultural support programs, among dozens of other provisions.

The current farm bill, which is set to expire in September 2018, was crafted before my time in Congress and during a time of high commodity prices; however, over the years, we have seen a drastic downturn in the farm economy. There is no better time than now to address the needs of the agriculture industry and our farming families. As we begin this process, I remain committed to working for you to craft a farm bill that works best for America’s farmers so that we can continue production of the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world.

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