WEST ALABAMA FARMERS VOICE FARM BILL CONCERNS
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., hosted a "Grown In Alabama: A Farm Bill Listening Tour," Oct. 28, using it as a chance to meet with farmers, producers and growers from the 7th Congressional District and across Alabama.
|U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., (left) listens as Butch Wilson (far right) explains the farm bill's impact on his west Alabama catfish farm Oct. 28. Others representing the agriculture sector were Deputy Undersecretary of Rural Development Doug O'Brien, USDA; Director of Alabama Rural Development Ron Sparks; State Director for USDA Rural Development Ronnie Davis and Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan. |
The tour provided a platform for farmers to share their opinions about the 2012 farm bill and various other issues affecting their businesses and the agriculture sector. Sewell, who is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, said she looked forward to talking with farmers and growers as the House of Representatives begins to discuss the next farm bill.
"This bill must promote economic growth, rural development, nutritional and food assistance for struggling families, conservation and job creation," said Sewell. "While our next farm bill has to take into account these challenging budgetary times, we must also continue to provide Alabama farms and farmers with a strong safety net and the assistance they need to be successful. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I am excited about helping draft a 2012 farm bill that works for everyone."
Tour stops included a meet and greet with minority farmers at the Selma/Dallas County Co-Op, a tour of Dean Wilson's farm in Marion Junction, a listening session at the Catfish Feed Mill in Uniontown and a tour of George Hall's farm in Boligee.
Sewell has pledged to keep in touch with her constituents and to provide regular updates about policies, resources and opportunities for constituents of the 7th Congressional District.