The Jackson County Farm Bureau hosted a meet and greet and lunch with U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham today to discuss issues facing farmers and rural communities in North Florida.
Graham met with local high school students in the Agriculture Leadership Program and representatives from the Florida Farm Bureau, Jackson County Farm Bureau, USDA, Florida Peanut Association and Farm Credit Union.
“Farmers and rural communities make up the backbone of North Florida,” Graham said to farmers at that lunch. “I’m dedicated to working with Democrats and Republicans to protect our farming heritage and make sure young farmers are able to stay and work in our community.”
Graham’s experience with agriculture isn’t new – her roots in farming are deep. Her family first moved to Florida to farm the land, and the Graham family continues operating dairy, cattle and pecan farms in Florida and Georgia.
Ken Barton, executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association, said, “Whenever I see Representative Graham, I’m always impressed by how willing she is to work with Republicans and Democrats on behalf of Florida’s farming community.”
On her campaign, Graham prioritized agriculture and served her second Workday on the Alford Peanut farm here in Jackson County. After her election and upon being sworn in to Congress, Graham requested to serve on the House Agriculture Committee.
Along with our neighboring U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, Graham is the only other Floridian on the Agriculture Committee. Graham says she’s dedicated to working with Republicans and Democrats to protect farmers and our rural agriculture communities.