Gwen Graham’s latest work day at goat ranch highlights importance of Farm Bill

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Congressional candidate Gwen Graham spent her latest “Work Day” Monday highlighting the importance of the federal Farm Bill by spending an eight-hour shift at a goat ranch just outside of Monticello, Florida.

Graham’s visit to the sixty-eight acre ranch owned by Bobbie and Ed Golden coincided with an inspection by the Florida Department of Agriculture.

The Tallahassee Democrat spent her shift testing chickens and roosters for evidence of scaly leg mites and salmonella, followed by an afternoon of feeding goats, cleaning their stalls, filing their hooves and checking them for illness.

Afterwards, Graham, who faces U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland in the race for Florida’s Second Congressional District, blasted the incumbent for manufacturing a crisis by “killing a bipartisan farm bill just a few months ago,” adding that agriculture “shouldn’t be a political issue.”

Last month, Congress passed a revised version of the Farm Bill after a six-month delay.

“Farmers in North Florida will finally have certainty when planting next year’s crops,” Graham said in a statement released Tuesday. “Speaking with farmers, small business owners and North Floridians from all walks of life, it’s become clear to me they are hungry for new leadership, a representative who will speak for them with an independent voice.”

In prior “Work Days,” Graham worked full shifts alongside a variety of Second District residents, getting first-hand experience on issues and challenges facing their industries.

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