04.05.19

Senator David Perdue Speaks At Fort Valley State University

Highlights Importance Of HBCUs In Georgia’s Agriculture Community

FORT VALLEY, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus and Senate Agriculture Committee, today spoke at the Fort Valley State University 37th Annual Ham & Egg Legislative Breakfast. Senator Perdue was joined by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02), and President of Fort Valley State University Dr. Paul Jones.

Last year, Senator Perdue and Congressman David Scott (D-GA-13) secured funding in the 2018 Farm Bill for agriculture-focused scholarships at Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities across the country, including Fort Valley State University.

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“As a member of the HBCU Caucus, one of my top priorities is increasing opportunities for all students to pursue the skills they need to succeed,” said Senator Perdue. “Agriculture is Georgia’s number one industry and a major reason why our state continues to be the best state in the country in which to do business. Last year, Congressman David Scott and I worked to secure funding in the 2018 Farm Bill for new agriculture scholarships at HBCUs across the country, including Fort Valley State University. These scholarships will help encourage diverse and qualified leadership in our agricultural community. Thanks to Dr. Paul Jones for inviting Sonny, Congressman Bishop, and myself to Fort Valley State University to highlight their work to help young Georgia farmers become the nation’s next agriculture leaders.”

“Our food and our planet should unite us all, and the federal and state officials who work together to enact policy which empowers both agricultural professionals and students are a testament to what we can accomplish by working in concert,” said FVSU President Paul Jones. “Governmental initiatives like the 2018 Farm Bill set the stage for Georgia and America increase their global competitiveness in the business and science of agriculture. Together we are enabling not just Fort Valley State University, but all of Georgia and the nation, to rise up and meet the challenges our future demands.”

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.