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Northeast Georgia is home to a thriving agriculture industry and hardworking farmers, ranchers, growers, and processors who contribute to America’s economy and our communities. In our corner of the state, more than 10,000 farm operators grow products from peaches to cattle, chicken to strawberries, and many need relief from burdensome federal regulations.

Georgia remains the country’s number one broiler producer, while the Ninth District leads the state in both poultry and cattle production. Keeping our agricultural industry competitive means reining in government overreach. For this reason, I advocated tirelessly to overturn the Waters of the United States Rule, which amounts to a bureaucratic land-grab that could devastate farmers and ranchers. I’ve also worked on legislation to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In recent years, the ESA has had little success in strengthening populations of certain species, but federal authorities have frequently employed the law to limit land use and impose new burdens on farmers and ranchers.

The Georgia delegation worked together to bring the country’s premiere poultry lab to the University of Georgia. Additionally, I have advocated to the Department of Agriculture to review the use of increased line speeds in poultry processing facilities, to help the U.S. remain competitive in a global market in which some countries have outpaced our production speeds.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) joined Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and 31 of their colleagues in sending a letter with bipartisan support to U.S.

September 3, 2020
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration released a 28-page report detailing how it would address threats that increased imports pose to American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables. The report also requested a U.S.

August 20, 2020
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Raises concern over Mexico’s unfair trade practices and its effect on Georgia farmers

July 15, 2020
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ATLANTA, Ga. – Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the Administration to protect American farmers from Mexico’s unfair trade practices as it works to implement the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

June 5, 2020
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WASHINGTON — Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Earl L.

May 8, 2020
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today visited Fieldale Farms Further Processing plant in Gainesville to observe the extra safety precautions Fieldale is taking in light of COVID-19, including elevated levels of sanitary operation and added measures of separation throughout the facility.

March 17, 2020
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) today wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the inadvertent delays in processing H-2 agricultural guest worker visas in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, threatening Georgia farmers’ ability to ensure Americans have access to the food they need.

February 4, 2020
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WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today announced that Will Cabe, a fourth-generation farmer from Franklin County, will be his guest for President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union address. 

December 19, 2019
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WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the House passed the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. 

August 22, 2019
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CLEVELAND, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) met with members of the White County Farm Bureau yesterday to discuss challenges facing the local agriculture industry and provide an update on key issues in Washington. During the meeting, Collins answered questions on a variety of issues ranging from compliance to immigration.