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January 28, 2009   Email to Friend 

ALABAMA FARMERS WELL REPRESENTED BY HOUSE AGRICULTURE APPOINTMENTS
Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
January 28, 2009

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 28 - Alabama farmers will be well represented by the appointment today of Congressmen Bobby Bright, D-Montgomery, and Mike Rogers, R-Anniston, to key subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, according to the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Both Bright and Rogers secured appointments to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research. In addition, Bright continued Alabama's representation on the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture, and Rogers was named to the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry.

Federation President Jerry A. Newby said the appointments mean Alabama farmers will have a voice on subcommittees dealing with some of the state's most important agriculture crops as well as the subcommittee that oversees one of the fastest growing areas of agriculture -- biofuels.

"We appreciate Congressmen Bright and Rogers working for Alabama farmers," Newby said. "Their desire to serve on the House Agriculture Committee and work in these key areas shows their commitment to agriculture in this state. Livestock, dairy and poultry are critical to the economy of Alabama, especially in Congressman Rogers' district, and peanuts are the backbone of many communities in Congressman Bright's district.

"In addition, Alabama will have strong representation on the subcommittee that deals with energy as well as conservation programs, Extension services and agricultural lending. These will all be important areas as Congress deals with the economy, environmental policies and the development of renewable energy," Newby added.

Alabama ranks third nationally in both peanut and poultry production. Statewide, agriculture is a $5 billion industry, Alabama's largest.


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