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November 21, 2014

A.J. Watson
(334) 613-4219

U.S. Rep Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, adresses farmers in Baldwin County Nov. 21.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, received a warm welcome when he spoke to farmers in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District in Baldwin County.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised Byrne’s representation of farmers in Congress after he took office in early 2014.

“Congressman Byrne has listened to us on every issue we have gone to him with,” Parnell said. “Entering as a freshman he took to the process quickly and has represented the farmers of Southwest Alabama very well.”

After updating Federation members on issues he’s faced since entering Congress, the conversation turned to last night's immigration reform speech by President Barack Obama. Byrne said Republicans are planning a methodical approach to counteract Obama’s executive order.

“I hope you will agree with me that we need to fight back with our heads and not with our feelings,” Byrne said. “We’re going to be smart in reacting to it, and we’re going to get a lot further because of that.”

In other federal issues, Mobile County Farmers Federation President and cattle farmer Calvin Freeland shared his concerns about a separate beef checkoff program U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is considering implementing.

“The issue may come before him in Congress where he could have a chance to influence the outcome,” Freeland said. “We don’t have a voice if the checkoff is imposed. It’s coming from the top down rather than the bottom up.”

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