WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 4 — Alabama’s largest farm organization welcomed news Wednesday of Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s appointment to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.
Alabama Farmers Federation was among the first groups to endorse the former Auburn University football coach’s bid for U.S. Senate. Federation President Jimmy Parnell praised Tuberville for putting in the work to learn about the issues important to farmers and seeking to be a voice for Alabama agriculture in Congress.
“On the campaign trail, Sen. Tuberville met with farmers in their fields and pastures,” Parnell said. “He looked them in the eye and said, ‘I want to be your champion in D.C.’ We are proud to have been among Sen. Tuberville’s early supporters and are confident he will serve our members and the state well in the Senate.”
Tuberville said he’s eager to work for farmers, forest owners and all Alabamians on everything from the farm bill to broadband internet access.
“From soybeans to catfish and poultry to peanuts, Alabama is home to some of the most productive and innovative farmers, producers and foresters our country has to offer,” Tuberville said. “It is an honor to represent Alabama agriculture and our rural communities on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Now more than ever, our farmers, foresters and producers need certainty, stability and for our economy to reopen so they can continue to feed, clothe and fuel America. Our rural communities in Alabama need broadband connectivity to ensure our rural health centers, schools, businesses and family farms can stay competitive and connected in today’s world.
“As we look towards the next Farm Bill, the coming years will be critical to lay the foundation for key initiatives including rural development and broadband, trade and forestry programs to benefit Alabama’s farmers both today and in the future,” Tuberville added. “I am thankful to have a seat at the table on a committee that is so important to folks back home, and Alabama’s rural communities can rest assured I’ll be a strong voice for them in Washington.”
The Senate Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over agricultural economics and research; agricultural Extension services and experiment stations; agricultural production; and forestry and forest reserves.
Tuberville also secured appointments to the Senate Armed Services; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); and Veterans’ Affairs committees.