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Agriculture committee chair touts merits of 2014 farm bill at FVSU

Published: 02/21/14 3:00PM
By: booner

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Dr. George McCommon, interim head for Fort ValleyState University's Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health, conducts a tour of the Otis O'Neal Veterinary Science Building Feb. 18. He is joined by (L-R) Democratic Senatecandidate Michelle Nunn, U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. D-Albany, U.S. Sen.Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Dr. Mark Latimore, Jr., interim dean for the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology and FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith.

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee for Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited Fort Valley State University Feb 18. Stabenow was on campus to address a group of 40 people consisting of local farmers, business leaders, FVSU faculty, staff and students about the 2014 Farm Bill. Joining Stabenow on the visit were Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn and U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. D-Albany. In addition to discussing the Farm Bill, Stabenow was visiting to support Nunn’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.  Stabenow said the bill ensures that land-grant institutions such as FVSU play an important role in outreach and education for farmers as well as research.

After Stabenow’s talk, all three individuals fielded questions from the audience concerning the farm bill and other congressional action pertaining to agriculture. Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., interim dean for the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, said the bill will enhance the university’s mission to help small and limited resource farmers, especially those who grow vegetables and sell produce at the local level. After addressing the audience in the Pettigrew Center, the group toured the Otis O’Neal Veterinary Science Building and the SAFE (State Animal Facility for Emergencies) Center on campus.