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Representative Andy Anders, Louisiana
Chair, SLC Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, 2014-15

Representative Tom McKee, Kentucky
Vice Chair, SLC Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, 2014-15

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Representative Terry England, Georgia
Immediate Past Chair, SLC Agriculture & Rural Development Committee

Committee Liaison

Lauren Greer
Policy Analyst

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee

The oldest of the standing committees, the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee’s agenda focuses on issues critical to the future of farming and farm communities. As the "engine of the economy," agriculture constitutes a vital sector of the economies of most Southern states. A principal focus of the Committee's work in the past several years has been rural development and rural communities.  The Committee held series of sessions that investigates the differences (and surprising similarities) between rural and urban America and how to begin to bridge the divides between these communities.

Recent Committee initiatives include rural housing, ag education, updates on international trade and agriculture, consolidation in the farm sector, state actions on animal welfare, and conservation and farm land preservation. Other issues in which the Committee has long-standing interest include the imported red fire ant, the status of the rural South, and food safety and security. The Committee has focused on the changing face of agriculture across America and conditions in the rural South. The status and future of rural communities is emerging as a major focus for the Committee’s current year. Additionally, the Committee works annually with public and private agencies, local and federal officials, and the land grant university system to assure the continued vitality of the region’s farm and rural communities.

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SLC 67th Annual Meeting
Mobile, Alabama
July 27-31, 2013

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