FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAN. 30, 2007
Brian Long, director
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242 (office), (919) 218-7048 (cell)
agriculture leaders to talk about farm bill
Thursday at Agricultural Development Forum
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.
Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
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
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.
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