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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JAN. 30, 2007

Contact:

Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242 (office), (919) 218-7048 (cell)

National agriculture leaders to talk about farm bill
Thursday at Agricultural Development Forum

WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the 2007 Agricultural Development Forum, featuring national leaders who will have a hand in crafting the 2007 farm bill. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Agriculture Under Secretary Thomas Dorr; U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee; former U.S. Rep. Charles Stenholm of Texas, who served on the House Agriculture Committee from 1979-2005; plus the presidents of American Farm Bureau, The National Grange and The Farm Credit Council.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
WHY:

The 2007 farm bill will be a hot topic of discussion in this session of Congress. There will be considerable debate about whether to simply extend the farm bill in place since 2002, or to make changes that some sectors of the agriculture industry say are needed.

The farm bill debate will be watched closely in North Carolina, where agriculture and agribusiness make up the largest industry, contributing more than $68 billion to the economy and employing 17 percent of the workforce.

OTHER INFO:

To arrange interviews with speakers, coordinate with Brian Long or Andrea Ashby of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who will be on site.The forum will take place during the annual Southern Farm Show, which draws a large number of farmers to Raleigh each winter.

For more information, see the attached agenda or go to http://www.ncagr.com/paffairs/AgDevelopmentForum.htm.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047