Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Agriculture

Georgia’s farmers, ranchers, and producers are the backbone of our state’s most important industry: agriculture. As the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Co-Chair of the Congressional Peanut Caucus, I am a staunch supporter of the agricultural community in Georgia's Second Congressional District and the entire nation. I support assistance to farmers affected by drought, wildfires, and other natural disasters that occur each year. In addition, I have worked to ensure that the peanut support program remained strong in the 2014 Farm Bill; strengthen our nation's nutrition programs; reform the H2-A program for non-immigrant agricultural workers; bolster child nutrition programs in our nation’s schools; prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing burdensome regulations on agriculture; ensure that Mexican tomatoes and chicken do not drive down the prices of U.S.-produced tomatoes and chicken due to illegal dumping; and advance agricultural research, food safety initiatives, and broadband services to rural communities.

More on Agriculture

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) made a commitment to a historic investment in American families by helping secure passage of H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. The bill addresses housing, healthcare, and education and provides investments in our national security, veterans, and our rural communities.
Nov 12, 2021 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – This week, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) hosted a virtual town hall event to promote awareness of and participation in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) programs. Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, Justin Maxson, joined the Congressman and introduced the audience to USDA RD.
Nov 6, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) helped secure $550 billion in new federal investment in surface infrastructure, high-speed internet, and the environment by sending H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, to President Biden for his signature. It will set the tone for the country’s investment in roads, bridges, rail, airports, and ports.
Oct 26, 2021 Page
There are many programs available through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) that can assist agricultural producers, individual businesses, and local governments. From improving high speed internet access to ensuring communities have access to healthcare, USDA RD fosters opportunity and economic security for people and communities in rural America through a broad range of investments.
Oct 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Last Thursday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), the bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, hosted a summit to address the current challenges faced by America’s military families. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted virtually and shared via livestream on the caucus Facebook Page.
Sep 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) introduced the bipartisan Equal Access to the Right Nutrition for Military Families Act (EARN Act). The EARN Act addresses food insecurity experienced by military families by increasing access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for military families.
 
Sep 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) led the U.S. House Agriculture Committee in adopting a bipartisan resolution designating July as National Blueberry Month. It was approved by a bipartisan, voice vote. The resolution was co-led with Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06).
 
Aug 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture Chair Sanford Bishop sent the following letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai in regard to European non-tariff trade barriers impacting peanuts. The full text of the letter is as follows:
 
Dear Ambassador Tai,
 
Jul 20, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) successfully directed $7.2 million to Albany-area projects in this year’s Fiscal Year 2022 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The City of Albany will get $5.2 million to expand Driskell Park’s facilities as well as revitalize the Ritz Cultural Center, a historic landmark.
Jun 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released a statement on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to withdraw the proposed rule to eliminate SNAP broad-based categorical-eligibility:

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