Representative Roby Forms Agriculture Advisory Panel

October 3, 2011
Press Release

U.S. Representative Martha Roby, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the recent formation of her Agriculture Advisory Panel. Recently, Rep. Roby held her first meeting with members of the panel - which include farmers and leaders in the agriculture industry from across Alabama’s Second Congressional District. The newly formed Advisory Panel will serve as an essential resource for Rep. Roby as the House Agriculture Committee continues discussing provisions that will be included in the 2012 Farm Bill.

“Since taking office, I have made it a priority to formulate a panel of leaders in agriculture who represent our district. The production and professional experience of the panel members vary – covering counties and commodities throughout the Wiregrass, the River Region and other parts of Alabama’s Second Congressional District. Their combined knowledge will provide me specialized guidance on agriculture priorities necessary for our farmers here in Alabama,” said Rep. Roby.

During the first meeting, members and Rep. Roby discussed issues specific to conservation, crop insurance, irrigation, row crops as well as cattle and poultry concerns.

“While Congress continues to work on the details of the 2012 Farm Bill, it is my responsibility to bring the voices of the farmers from right here in Alabama to the forefront of the discussion. Throughout the upcoming hearings on Farm Bill legislation, we need to ensure that all of our farming interests are accurately represented. This bill must contain provisions that are both responsive and beneficial to our farmers here in Alabama, all while maintaining fiscal restraint.

“In the next Farm Bill, Congress will be placing an emphasis on ensuring existing programs are the most efficient to ensure our farmers can farm. Members of the Advisory Panel will work with me through the process to ensure the changes made provide a safety net for agriculture. Farmers must always be able to maintain agriculture production, which is critical to our national security,” said Rep. Roby.

In conjunction to the Agriculture Advisory Panel, Rep. Roby has held several Agriculture listening sessions in the Second Congressional District. Roby will continue to host these sessions to ensure that Alabama farmers have a voice in Congress. 

Members of the Agriculture Advisory Panel are listed below:

Dale Armstrong – Dothan
Tony Beck – Rutledge
Andy Bell – Tallassee
Hassey Brooks – Montgomery
Josh Carnley – Enterprise
Monica Carroll – Ozark
Kenny Childree – Comer
Walt Corcoran – Eufaula
Albert Curry – Pinckard
Tom Duncan – Greenville
John Dorrill – Troy
Cindi Fain – Geneva
Richard Holladay – Hayneville
George Jeffcoat – Gordon
Gary Mattox – Headland
Neil Outlaw – Hartford
Carl Sanders – Brundidge
Salem Saloom – Evergreen
Andy Sumblin – Kinston
Andy Wendland – Autaugaville
Ed White – Headland
Ricky Wiggins – Andalusia