Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Bishop Seeks Trade Protections for Georgia's Tobacco Farmers

Dec 2, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) sent a letter to Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative, urging him to ensure that Georgia’s tobacco farmers are not excluded from taking advantage of trade protections offered under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson along with Representatives Jack Kingston, John Barrow, and Austin Scott were co-signatories to the letter.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, annual receipts for tobacco exports from Georgia exceed $47 million.  Excluding U.S. tobacco exports from trade agreements could have negative consequences for Georgia’s farming communities.