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May 05, 2003   Email to Friend 

Congressman Mike Rogers meets with Montgomery County farmers and school children.
Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
May 05, 2003

Congressman Mike Rogers, left, and Montgomery County Farmers Federation President Garry Henry, right, visit with students from Hooper Academy and Pintlala Elementary School during a Farm Field Day, sponsored by the Montgomery County Young Farmers.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers went back to school May 5 when he joined third-graders from Hooper Academy and Pintlala Elementary School for a Farmers Field Day sponsored by the Montgomery County Young Farmers.

More than 50 children from the two schools converged on Wayne Butler's farm in the Pintlala community, where they watched a sheep dog demonstration, learned about various farm animals and got a firsthand look at farm machinery.

Prior to the Field Day, Rogers met with area farmers during a luncheon sponsored by the Montgomery County Farmers Federation. The congressman said the reasons for his visit were two-fold.

"I haven't been to the southern part of Montgomery County since the election," Rogers said. "Secondly, being on the House Ag Committee, I wanted to meet with the farmers of this area and find out what issues concern them and see how I can be a better advocate for them in Washington."

Rogers said the visit also gave him an opportunity to introduce the farmers to his local director, Dan Webster, and give them contact information for his offices. "I want them to know who I am and how to get in touch with me," Rogers added.

Montgomery County farmer Mike Henry, who serves on the Alabama Farmers Federation's State Young Farmers Committee, paused during a presentation on farm animals to introduce Rogers to the school children.

"This is an opportunity for us to educate kids about farming and let them meet their U.S. representative," Henry said. "The Young Farmers Division thought this would be a good thing for everybody involved. We want Congressman Rogers to see how important agriculture is to our community and to see that we are committed to agriculture and to our kids."

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