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April 13, 2005   Email to Friend 

CONGRESSIONAL STAFFS TOUR ALABAMA FARMS
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
April 13, 2005

Mary Susan Jones of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions' office gets a tractor-driving lesson from Alabama Farmers Federation Southeast Area Vice President Ricky Wiggins. Wiggins farm was among those toured by nine congressional staff members last week.
Staff members of Alabama's congressional delegation toured farms and other agricultural operations in south Alabama recently. Despite some stormy weather, they agreed the trip allowed them to gain a new appreciation for their jobs.

Most of the staff members are assigned to work on agriculture issues for their respective congressman or senator. However, none of them grew up on a farm, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by Alabama Farmers Federation Southeast Area Vice President Ricky Wiggins.

Wiggins' family farm in Covington County was among the stops on the three-day tour. He said he wanted them to know what it's really like on a farm. "It's important for the Farmers Federation to encourage trips like this to develop relationships with these staffers," Wiggins said. "They can put a face on farmers - they know where we're from and what we're about."

Dwayne Bolton of Congressman Mike Rogers' office said the trip was invaluable. "The most interesting thing I've seen is that producers are maximizing the dollars they get from Washington," Bolton said. "This is my classroom - this is how I learn," he said gesturing to Wiggins' farm. "Not having a farm background, you can't learn this in D.C."


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