My wife, Bonnie, and I have been Farm Bureau members for nearly 40 years. We raise broilers, hay and cattle on our farm in Greshamville, Georgia, an area about 70 miles east of Atlanta in the north-central part of the state. As proud as Bonnie and I are of our farm and our longtime involvement in Farm Bureau, we consider our family to be our greatest accomplishment. We have four children who are grown and doing great things on and off the farm, and we have three grandchildren.
I am dedicated to Farm Bureau because this organization stands for what I value most: faith, family and farming. The main reason I am honored to have been elected president of AFBF is because no other organization does more to protect farms, families and food.
Something else I can tell you about myself is that relationships are very important to me. I look forward to getting out into the countryside and meeting more farmers and ranchers face-to-face. The only way I can effectively speak for Farm Bureau members is if I sit down with them and come to understand their concerns and their goals.
I also look forward to working to achieve the policy goals that AFBF has established for this year. We will work to create a more-positive dialog about modern agriculture and food. We will work for a reasonable approach to government regulation, so that our farmers and ranchers have the freedom to operate. As more technological developments come along, we’ll work to ensure farmers and ranchers have access to the technologies that help them feed a growing world. One of our biggest priorities this year is congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to reduce tariffs and other barriers to U.S. farm exports, so that America’s farmers and ranchers have greater access to growing markets in the Pacific Rim.
We have a lot of work to do, and I can’t wait to get started! I hope to meet you if we haven’t met already, so we can work together to achieve our common goals.