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 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the passage of the conference report for the first FY19 “minibus” government funding package (H.R. 5895). A minibus bill is a package of appropriations measures and provides funding for a number of, but not all, government departments, programs, and agencies. The minibus conference report passed today includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) FY19 Appropriations Acts.
Sep 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) secured House passage of a number of Georgia focused provisions within the Conference Report for America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S.3021). The Conference Report for America's Water Infrastructure Act passed the full U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote. Final consideration by the U.S. Senate remains pending.
 
Sep 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) co-led a letter, sent yesterday, from 53 Members of Congress to the Farm Bill conferees in support of the Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach Program. This proposed program, which is currently included in the Senate version of the Farm Bill, would merge the authorizations of the Beginning Farmer and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP) and the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (OASDVFR).
Sep 6, 2018 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 a $25,000 grant and $40,200 loan for Baker County to purchase two new vehicles for the Baker County Sheriff’s Office and the Baker County Emergency Management Agency.
 
Sep 5, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Ranking Member Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), the four democratic members of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, sent a letter to Secretary Perdue at the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to express their concerns with the agency’s proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of Washington, D.C.  
 
Aug 27, 2018 Press Release
ALBANY, GA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will provide up to $15 million in assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), to pecan growers impacted by 2017 weather events.
 
Aug 16, 2018 Press Release
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL-02), Co-Chairs of the House Peanut Caucus, sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to respond to recent negative trade actions by China that threaten the U.S. peanut industry.
 
Aug 1, 2018 Press Release
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on the conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill urging them to come to an agreement on the Farm Bill that provides certainty and relief to farmers, rural communities, and those who rely on our nation’s food and nutrition programs.
 
Jul 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) sent a letter yesterday to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding recent media reports that thousands of low-income people could lose access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmers markets across the country.
 
They wrote in the letter:
 
Jun 21, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, released the below statement on today’s passage of the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill by the full U.S. House of Representatives in a vote of 213 to 211.
 

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