Today, U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (MS-01) met with North Mississippi agriculture producers and representatives from the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) in Grenada to discuss the importance of the agriculture industry as a job creator, as well as the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.
"Crafting legislation that benefits agriculture means crafting legislation that creates jobs and strengthens our economy," said Childers. "That's why I'm thoroughly engaged in discussions surrounding the 2012 Farm Bill. I directly participated in field hearings in May, along with MFBF President David Waide, and I'm so pleased to have had the Farm Bureau join us for today's meeting. I hope to maintain a discussion with our farmers today that will carry on over the course of the next several years as we continue to craft changes to this important farm legislation."
"I would like to thank Congressman Childers for taking the time to meet with area producers, who are fighting to come back from devastating losses in 2009," said MFBF President David Waide. "I also appreciate Congressman Childers living up to his commitment to get on the Agriculture Committee. He has been a tremendous asset to agriculture in our state."
Childers is the only member of Mississippi's House delegation serving on the House Agriculture Committee. Tomorrow, he will host a tour of Mississippi's First Congressional District with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials to help them gain a better understanding of Mississippi's agriculture industry and the great contributions it makes to jobs and the economy.