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January 14, 2009   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
January 14, 2009

U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright
SAN ANTONIO, -- Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby today praised Alabama U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright's (D-Montgomery) appointment to the House Agriculture Committee. Newby heard of the appointment while attending the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in San Antonio.

"Farmers in the Second Congressional District and throughout the state appreciate the commitment Congressman Bright has shown for our state's largest industry -- agriculture -- by seeking and winning an appointment to the House Agriculture Committee," Newby said. "Throughout his campaign, and in the days following the election, Congressman Bright has shown that he recognizes the importance of agriculture to central Alabama and the Wiregrass. Early on, he expressed a desire to continue the long tradition of the Second District being represented on the Ag Committee. We are pleased he was able to secure this crucial appointment."

According to the Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service, counties in the Second Congressional District had farm receipts of more than $1.3 billion in 2007, the last year for which statistics were available. Statewide, farm receipts totaled $4.7 billion, meaning Bright's district accounted for about 27.6 percent of the state's farm receipts.

The Ag Committee appointment is Bright's second committee assignment. He was named to the House Armed Services Committee last week. His predecessor, U.S. Rep. Terry Everett, served on both committees and Bright specifically requested to be named to both committees.

"It will be a great honor to serve on the Agriculture Committee," Bright said. "Agriculture is one of the most important industries in Alabama and in the Second District specifically. It will be my goal on the committee to fight for Alabama farms and farmers and ensure that agriculture stays strong and thrives in southeast Alabama."

The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over, among other areas, specialty crops, commodity exchanges, water and soil conservation, extension of farm credit and farm security, forestry, nutrition, rural electrification and development and agriculture in general. In the 110th Congress, the Agriculture Committee debated and passed H.R. 6124, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, better known as the Farm Bill.

"I would like to thank House leadership for this committee assignment and for realizing the importance of agriculture in the Second District," Bright said.

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