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January 09, 2003   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4410
January 09, 2003

Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby today praised the appointment of Alabama Congressmen Mike Rogers, R-Anniston, and Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, to the House Agriculture Committee.

"We are extremely pleased about the appointments of both Congressman Rogers and Congressman Bonner. Their positions on the committee, along with Congressman Terry Everett, certainly will be a benefit to Alabama farmers and farmers throughout the U.S.," Newby said. "With the challenges facing farmers today, it is more important than ever for us to have fair, sensible voices to represent us in Washington."

Bonner, who this year replaced Sonny Callahan as U.S. Representative for Alabama's 1st Congressional District, was tapped by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve on three committees, Budget, Science and Agriculture.

"I am extremely honored to have received appointments to three such prestigious committees and am appreciative of the confidence the members of the Steering Committee have demonstrated in me," Bonner said. "The Budget, Science and Agriculture panels are vital to many of the most important aspects of today's economy , and I look forward to working with the other members of each in achieving results that are beneficial for all of south Alabama."

Rogers, who represents the state's 3rd Congressional District, was elected in November to fill the seat vacated by Alabama Governor-elect Bob Riley---who also served on the House Agriculture Committee. Today, Rogers announced his appointment to the Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.

"I'm ecstatic that Speaker Hastert kept his promise from the campaign and appointed me to the Armed Services Committee," Rogers said. "I'll also be able to continue the tradition of helping agriculture and rural development in East Alabama by helping create jobs in one of the largest economic components in the state."

The House Agriculture Committee's responsibilities include the farm bill and other legislation governing rural economic conditions, crop insurance, agricultural trade, commodity futures trading, agricultural research and promotion, conservation, farm credit, welfare and food nutrition programs, and food safety inspection.

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