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

May 28, 2019 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 issued the following statement after another House GOP member objected to unanimous consent to pass the $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, keeping the bill from going directly to the President’s desk:

May 24, 2019 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, issued the following statement after the Senate passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill; which was then blocked by a single House GOP member who objected to unanimous consent, keeping the bill from going directly to the President’s desk:

May 23, 2019 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 the following statement regarding the subcommittee's passage of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending bill:

Apr 22, 2019 Press Release

FORT VALLEY, GA — Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies visited Fort Valley State University to tour agricultural research projects and observe a demonstration of drone use in agriculture. Fort Valley State is Georgia’s top producer of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences.

Mar 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, President Donald Trump signed into law legislation that, among other things, would expand and protect Ocmulgee National Monument. The changes to the legislation will increase Ocmulgee’s recognition by changing its name to the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, expand the protected area from approximately 700 acres to 2,800 acres, and authorize a resources study to include recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and camping.

Mar 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning the release of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Request:

“Yesterday, the President released his FY 2020 Budget Request. Similar to the past years, it proposes increases to defense spending at the expense of vital domestic programs. Having a better equipped and more prepared military is integral to our national defense; however, we must prioritize both our non-defense and defense needs.

Feb 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) released the following statement on the United States House of Representatives’ passage of bipartisan legislation to expand the current Ocmulgee National Monument from 702 acres to 2,800 acres.

Jan 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02), Chairman Designate of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies and Austin Scott (R-GA-08), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, filed an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 268) which would increase emergency assistance funding to agricultural producers who suffered losses from hurricanes, wildfires, and other agricultural related losses in 2018.

Jan 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA02) was nominated by the House Appropriations Committee to become Chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for the 116th Congress (2019-2020).  Bishop also will be re-joining the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee.

Jan 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to create Georgia’s second national historical park, entitled the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2019 (H.R. 283).  Congressman Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) also is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.

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