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 Ranking Member 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

Sep 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), is pleased to announce that the Rural Development agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved over $6.5 million in funding to the City of Butler, as well as an $8,248 grant to Brumbelow Foods in Randolph County, both located in the 2nd Congressional District of Georgia. 
 
Sep 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the passing of Tommy Irvin, who served as Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner for 42 years. 
 
Sep 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, September 15, 2017, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will tour hurricane damage to farms in Georgia, including Mason Pecans in the Second Congressional District of Georgia.
 
Congressman Bishop and Secretary Perdue will visit Mason Pecans in Fort Valley, Georgia at 12:15pm.
 
Sep 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several disaster assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), which may be available to farmers impacted by Hurricane Irma.
 
Aug 25, 2017 Press Release
SALINAS, CA – This week, Congressman Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, joined Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) in the central coast of California to tour agriculture facilities, meet with producers and farmworkers, and learn more about the over 100 specialty crops grown in California’s 20th congressional district.
 
Jul 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and 108 of his colleagues sent a letter to the President urging him to take action to stabilize the cotton industry by expanding the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program to operate on an ongoing basis.
 
Jun 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the subcommittee's passage of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending bill:
 
Jun 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, June 24, 2017, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) participated in the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Listening Session held on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. This listening session provided a forum for agriculture stakeholders to share their experiences in the field with Members of Congress in advance of congressional consideration of a new Farm Bill.
 
Jun 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) welcomes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that all beef imports from Brazil to the U.S. will be halted until further notice due to safety concerns.
 
“Food safety is a serious issue and is of the utmost importance,” said Congressman Bishop. “Although Brazil is a significant trading partner, the first priority should always be the safety of American consumers. I commend Secretary Perdue for taking decisive action to protect the integrity of our food supply.”
May 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, delivered the following opening statement earlier today during the subcommittee’s hearing on the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
Video and background on the subcommittee hearing can be found here. Below is Congressman Bishop’s full statement as prepared:
 

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