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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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August 22, 2019
Press Release

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.

June 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after the House voted to approve critical disaster relief funding for Georgians affected by Hurricane Michael, as well as other states impacted by recent natural disasters. 

May 28, 2019
Press Release

ALTO, GEORGIA—This past weekend, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) visited Jaemor Farms to pick the ceremonial first basket of peaches this season. 

December 13, 2018
“Northeast Georgians have always been thoughtful stewards of their beautiful landscape, and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act will expand their opportunities to hunt, fish, hike and care for local forests."
February 26, 2018
Press Release
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) met with the Gilmer County Farm Bureau this week to ask about their perspectives on local agriculture issues and update them on the policy landscape in Washington.
January 30, 2018
Statement
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released a statement in response to the USDA's rejection of a petition to increase line speeds in first-processing zones, where workers inspect and clean—but do not disarticulate—birds.
September 27, 2017
Op-Ed
"These critics say that faster line speeds would force workers on those lines to dismember chickens at dangerous rates. The geography of the production process, however, makes their claim disingenuous."
June 6, 2017
Press Release
Collins took questions and heard concerns from a group of farmers on issues ranging from fixing the federal appropriations process to safeguarding chicken houses against avian flu.
May 22, 2017
Press Release
"Our competitors across the globe—including South America, Asia, Canada , and Europe—are operating at line speeds at 175-200 birds per minute, and they are doing so safely and effectively."
May 5, 2017
Press Release
"Rescinding the rules would allow livestock and poultry producers to market their animals how, when, and where they want to without GIPSA dictating the transactions.”