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.
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FORT VALLEY, GA— Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack announced $18 million in grants will be available to strengthen research and teaching at historically black land-grant universities. The grants are available through the 1890 Institution Research, Extension, and Teaching Capacity Building Grants program administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee of Agriculture, released the following statement regarding his disappointment on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack’s refusal to label cottonseed as “other oilseeds” within the Farm Bill, an action which may negatively affect the cotton industry:
CAMILLA, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies issued the following statement regarding the resignation of U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, a native of Camilla, Georgia:
LAKE SEMINOLE, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) welcomed the U.S. Army Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD) announcement of the suspension of the new policy change prohibiting minor water withdrawals from lakes across the division, including Lake Seminole and Walter F George Lake. Congressman Bishop inquired about the rule in response to shared concerns from his constituents in Southwest Georgia.
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies welcomed Vincent "Zippy" Duvall as the new president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) welcomed the U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision to halt the nationwide enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water pollution rule.
DONALSONVILLE, GA – On Tuesday evening, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) held a hydrilla focused Town Hall Meeting at the Seminole County Courthouse in Donalsonville, Georgia. Congressman Bishop was accompanied by Colonel Jon Chytka, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. Well over 100 members of the public were in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from the public on the issue.
CAMILLA, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced that he co-authored a peer-reviewed paper entitled “Georgia’s Poultry Industry and Its Impact on the Local Economy and Global Trade” recently published by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) awarded Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) the Friend of the National Parks Award for his long-time protection and enhancement of America’s national parks.
“National parks are our heritage while also providing economic, cultural, and social benefits to all Americans.” said Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. “I will always be in support of that effort, and am honored to be recognized by the National Parks Conservation Association.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to urge his colleagues to support the repeal of the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law by approving H.R. 2393, the Country-of-Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015.