09.21.16

Senator David Perdue Highlights Regulatory Burdens Facing Georgia Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today questioned U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about the regulatory burdens facing Georgia’s farmers.

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Highlights Economic Impact: “Georgia agriculture is very important...The agriculture and timber industry employs over half a million people. They are our best conservationists in the state. We’re the number one state for peanuts, broilers, pecans, blueberries, and number two in cotton.”

Expresses Regulatory Concerns: “I’m concerned about regulation. Everywhere that I go, I talk to our farmers. Regulation is the number one topic [of concern], then comes labor.”

Cites Cotton Compliance Issues: “We lost a billion dollars over the last decade in our cotton industry alone to pests and weeds, but the EPA has not approved the herbicide that works in conjunction with the approved traits…With you being the voice of agriculture, how do we improve the communication and collaboration with the other regulatory bodies to ensure we are getting producers the tools they need as quickly as possible? The farmers want to comply. The problem is right now is that it’s taking so long to get direction out of cross departmental regulation.”