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July 28, 2000   Email to Friend 

"J. Paul Till, Director of Public Relations"
334 613-4313
July 28, 2000

MONTGOMERY Alabama farmers know the importance of having representatives in Washington, D.C., who understand and appreciate agriculture. They will honor two Alabama Congressmen during the Alabama Farmers Federation's 28th annual Commodity Producers Conference Aug. 3-5 in Mobile.

U.S. Rep. Earl Hilliard and U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus will be recognized during the closing banquet of the conference Aug. 5 at the Mobile Convention Center. More than 1,000 Alabama farmers, representing every major commodity produced in the state, are expected to attend the conference.

"Both Congressman Hilliard and Congressman Bachus have been supportive of Alabama agriculture, and their leadership has been especially important this past year with changes in crop insurance, economic assistance for farmers and disaster relief funding," said Alfa Farmers President Jerry Newby. "They also have cosponsored legislation which would restore some common sense to environmental regulation."

Rep. Hilliard serves on the House Agriculture Committee and has consistently supported initiatives that would benefit Alabama's row crop and livestock producers, Newby said. "Rep. Hilliard is very concerned about improving the economic conditions in his district and rural Alabama. He has been instrumental in supporting development of alternative fuels, such as switchgrass research," Newby said. He is an original sponsor of the Cheese Quality Protection Act and serves on the catfish caucus. Rep. Hilliard also has been a strong supporter of restoring a safety net for agriculture.

"Although Rep. Bachus represents a heavily urban area, he has consistently fought for reduced taxes and regulation for our state's producers," Newby said. "He has voted to repeal the death tax and the marriage penalty, and voted in favor of creating the farm risk management accounts. He also voted to require the EPA to use common sense in assessing risks for chemicals that farmers use to produce food." As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bachus led the charge for the creation of the Southern Dairy compact and was instrumental in getting the measure reported out of subcommittee.

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