Georgia ag leader respond to 2018 Farm Bill

Georgia farmers and agriculture industry leaders are applauding committee passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) helped craft the bipartisan plan and secured a number of provisions important to Georgia. The Farm Bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.

Georgia Agribusiness Council: “Having a bipartisan Farm Bill advance in the Senate gives great hope for a struggling, complicated agriculture industry. There is much to celebrate in the provisions of this legislation. These benefits will support not only our farmers, but the rural communities that rely on their determination and sustainability. We thank Senator Perdue for acting on the needs of this vital industry.” – Bryan Tolar, President, Georgia Agribusiness Council

Georgia Cotton Commission: “We in Georgia agriculture thank Senator Perdue for his leadership on moving the Farm Bill forward. While this bill is not perfect with cotton funding reduced, if it passes, it will allow for farmers like me to go forward and make long term plans for the future of our small businesses. The stability this bill gives farmers will also help our struggling rural communities.” – Bart Davis, Chairman, Georgia Cotton Commission

Georgia Department of Agriculture: “Farmers need certainty. There are several aspects of this committee passed Farm Bill that will give them that assurance, and perhaps the process of finding some common ground with America’s farm policy will contribute to progress in meeting other challenges facing the nation as well.” – Commissioner Gary W. Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Forestry Association: “With the inclusion of provisions such as the ‘Timber Innovation Act’ and the ‘Working Lands for Wildlife’ voluntary species conservation program, the Senate Farm Bill’s commitment to Georgia’s 450,000 private forest landowners is clear. We applaud the leadership of Senator Perdue and the entire Senate Agriculture Committee for delivering a bill that moves the needle forward on protection of private property rights and the creation of new markets for forest products among the myriad of other competing priorities sought for this bill.” – Andres Villegas, President and CEO, Georgia Forestry Association

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