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October 06, 2003   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
October 06, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Twenty-four Alabama farmers have accepted positions on a new agriculture advisory committee for Congressman Mike Rogers, R-AL. The group will help Rogers formulate pro-agriculture policies that strengthen and grow Alabama's farming interests as well as advise the Third District representative on specific local concerns.

"Agriculture is Alabama's number one industry and we must do everything we can to protect and grow our farming interests," Rogers said. "I am deeply grateful to these individuals for their service and look forward to working with them at the local level to develop real solutions for real problems."

Members of the advisory committee are: Calhoun County, Gerald Willis who will serve as chairman, Keith Bryant and Doug Trantham; Chambers County, Bill Thomas, Buddy Burton and Dick Conway; Clay County, Doyle Phillips and David Upchurch; Cleburne County, Daryl Gibbs; Cherokee County, Dub Ellis and John Bert East; Coosa County, Ronald Brown; Lee County, Tom Ingram and Bill Collier; Macon County, Jimmy Bassett and Bob Moore; Montgomery County, Garry Henry, W.D. Flower and Doug Moore; Randolph County, Dean Wysner, Richie Traylor and Larry Bowen; Russell County, Ben Bowden and John Rudd; Talladega County, Claude Friday and David Wilson; Tallapoosa County, John Farrow and John Neighbors.

Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) President Jerry Newby praised Rogers for creating the committee. "I think this committee will help give us another voice in Washington," he said.

Former Democratic state representative Gerald Willis will chair the committee which plans to meet late this fall after Congress recesses. All committee members are unpaid volunteers. In Congress, Rogers serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and upholds a long Third District tradition of membership on the panel.

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