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

May 30, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Peanut Caucus heralded the passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Agriculture Appropriations government spending bill out of the full committee, claiming a win for the pecan and other tree nut industries.

May 29, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Peanut Caucus heralded the passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Agriculture Appropriations government spending bill out of the full committee, claiming a win for the pecan and other tree nut industries. As passed, the bill ensures that no unnecessary requirements or harmful regulations will be placed on the industries, allowing growers, shellers, and harvesters to continue business as usual: 

Mar 26, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to shift protections and increase regulation of streams and waterways under the Clean Water Act:

Feb 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding the passage of a bill that funds our nation’s nutrition programs and provides Rural America a Farm Bill with the necessary tools and stability to continue producing the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food and fiber in the world. The conference agreement on H.R. 2642, the Agriculture Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) was approved by the U.S.

Feb 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding passage of the conference agreement on the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642, the Agriculture Act of 2014).

Oct 22, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 Dr. Nathaniel Tablante, a career veterinarian, to his Washington, D.C. office. He will serve as an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Fellow, advising the Congressman on key issues facing his district.

Oct 16, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), on behalf of the peanut and cotton industries, urged Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to use his discretion and not impose a 5.1% reduction to the marketing assistance loan to growers and buyers.

Sep 20, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02) opposed increasing hunger in America by voting against H.R. 3102, the “Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act,” which will cut basic food aid (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) by nearly $40 billion over ten years, denying nutrition assistance for nearly 4 million Americans next year. The measure was passed by a vote of 217 to 210.

Sep 18, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, stood in support of Georgia’s pecan industry in regards to unfair tariff discrepancies. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Congressman Bishop called for fair pricing of pecan imports from the United States to India.

Aug 15, 2013 Press Release

ALBANY, GA — Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) and 204 of his Democrat House colleagues called on the House Republican Leadership to refrain from pushing more Americans into hunger. In a letter to Speaker Boehner, they implored him to include funding for nutrition programs in any future Farm Bill that comes before the House of Representatives.

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