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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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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.”
February 8, 2017
Press Release
Today, in accordance with directives issued by President Trump, the USDA has delayed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule to May 19, 2017 so that its incoming policy team can review the regulation.
January 19, 2017
Statement
"The experience he brings to that role will be a boon to agricultural communities from coast to coast, including the poultry industry, which is a key part of Georgia’s livelihood.”
November 2, 2016
Press Release
The USDA has announced that Georgia cattlemen are now eligible for increased relief as the historic drought drags on across the state.