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Issue Position: Agriculture

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Since taking office, one of Congressman Barrow's top priorities has been support for our family farmers. A member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman Barrow has hosted over a dozen town hall meetings and family farm tours with local farm bureaus and farmers from across the 12th District - listening and learning first hand about the issues that matter most to Georgia farmers.

In Congress, John Barrow has consistently sided with Georgia farmers:

* Opposing efforts to cut $3.7 billion out of agricultural programs.

* Supporting over $100 billion in agricultural appropriations to help fund crop insurance programs, federal farm assistance, food safety, agricultural research, and conservation efforts. He has also cosponsored H.R. 2209 and H.R. 3974 to make sure the nation's Farm Service Agency offices remain open and fully staffed.

* Cosponsoring H.R. 4332, to extend the Farm Bill for an additional year before renegotiating it.

* Working with Republican Congressman Sam Graves from Missouri to write and pass legislation that will bring stability, predictability, and reliability to the natural gas market. These changes successfully passed the House of Representatives in 2005.

* Voting to permanently repeal the Death Tax.

* Standing up to government and corporate interests who want to use eminent domain to take private property. He's a cosponsor of the STOPP Act and has voted for the Private Property Rights Protection Act.

On the House Agriculture Committee, Barrow serves on three Subcommittees: the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, the Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs, and the Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture.

Barrow is also the Ranking Member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, Agriculture, and Technology.


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