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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007

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AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007

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Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to enter into a colloquy with the gentlemen from Texas, the chairman of the subcommittee.

Also, before I begin, I just want to thank the chairman for all of your hard work that you put into the committee and into this bill, and all of the members of the committee.

And may I also echo the words as far as those members of the committee and the staff who do not normally get their names mentioned on the floor for their work; as the former chairman, I know there are many people behind the scenes that do not get recognized and I appreciate your recognizing those people of your committee.

Mr. Chairman, at this time I also want to voice my strong support of the Farm and Ranchland Preservation Program. The chairman may know that I grew up on my family farm in the State of New Jersey; it is the Garden State. We are the most densely populated State in the country. And for that reason, trying to preserve open space and farmland was one of the main reasons why I went into government 12 years ago on the state level and here in the Congress as well.

And so I support strongly The National Farm and Ranchland Preservation Program and its work to contain, to preserve environmentally sensitive pieces of property in the Fifth Congressional District.

It is my hope that the chairman would continue to work closely with myself and the Department of Agriculture, so that we can move forward to see to it that as much of this property can be preserved for future generations.

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