Agriculture & Rural Prosperity

From soybeans to catfish and poultry to peanuts, Alabama is home to diverse farming and production industries. Alabama’s farmers, foresters, and producers can count on me to be a strong voice for them in Washington.

Family farms have benefitted from reduced burdensome regulations, and my goal is to get big government out of the way so the people who earn a living off the land can do what they do best: feed, fuel, and clothe America.

As we look toward the next Farm Bill, my focus will be supporting Alabama’s top commodities, driving forward key initiatives like rural development and broadband, and promoting conservation efforts and forestry programs to benefit Alabama’s rural communities both today and in the future.

Making a Difference

As a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee, I’ll work with my colleagues on common-sense legislation to set Alabama and America’s farmers, foresters, and producers up for success.

I serve on important subcommittees that position me well to advocate for Alabama:

  • The Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade focuses on production agriculture, including commodity programs, crop insurance, commodity exchanges, agriculture trade, international food assistance, and credit.
  • The Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy oversees the many programs in USDA’s Rural Development mission area, including facilities, utilities, loans, and renewable energy.
  • Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources works on conservation and protection of natural resources, the regulation of pesticides and agriculture biotechnology, and forestry.

I joined my colleagues in writing to the U.S. Agriculture Secretary about family farmers’ concerns with President Biden’s proposed tax hikes, and how higher taxes will seriously impact their operations.

  • “95% of farmers indicat[ed] they are concerned that these changes in tax policy would impact their ability to pass their family farms down to future generations.”
  • Read the full letter here.

I joined with Senators from the top catfish producing states to introduce a bill to allow private landowners and catfish farmers to better protect their lands and ponds from predatory birds. 

  • “Catfish farmers should have the ability to address the damage these predators cause without federal regulations tying their hands and limiting what they can do to protect their business. I am proud to join my colleagues in supporting our catfish farmers against this predatory bird.”
  • Read more on S. 1050 – The Cormorant Relief Act here.