Reps. Holt and Dick­er­son visit lo­cal farm

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State Reps. Doug Holt and Pam Dick­er­son vis­ited a lo­cal farm last month as part of a work­place ex­change.

In re­turn, farmer Chuck Berry will shadow Rep. Dick­er­son for a day at the Capi­tol in At­lanta.

The ex­change is de­signed to fos­ter a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion be­tween the law­mak­ers and farm­ers, while help­ing them to build per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

Each year, the New­ton County Farm Bureau Leg­isla­tive Com­mit­tee works hard to stay on top of agri­cul­ture-re­lated is­sues. The com­mit­tee started off the year with the idea of form­ing re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal, state, and na­tional law­mak­ers. This ap­proach will give Farm Bureau mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate elected of­fi­cials on is­sues that may af­fect agri­cul­ture. Last May, the com­mit­tee spent the day with Con­gress­man Hank John­son at a lo­cal cat­tle op­er­a­tion. The com­mit­tee de­cided to in­vite Reps. Hol and Dick­er­son to visit an­other lo­cal farm.

Berry vol­un­teered to have the rep­re­sen­ta­tives join him for a day at his farm, Berry’s Tree Farm. The com­mit­tee sent letters to both law­mak­ers and re­ceived im­me­di­ate af­fir­ma­tive re­sponses. The com­mit­tee then be­gan work­ing on a more spe­cific agenda and de­cided to make the day a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence for Holt and Dick­er­son.

Dur­ing the day, the guests toured the farm with lo­cal stu­dents; sorted, priced, and tagged Christ­mas trees; and dug and wrapped trees to be re­planted. The hands-on ap­proach gave the law­mak­ers a be­hind-thescenes look at the tree farm’s op­er­a­tions.

Leg­isla­tive Chair­man Julius Hays was able to build a re­la­tion­ship with and speak to both rep­re­sen­ta­tives about agri­cul­ture-re­lated is­sues.

The Farm Bureau con­sid­ered the event a suc­cess and plans to con­tinue its ef­forts to ed­u­cate elected of­fi­cials about what agri­cul­ture is and how it af­fects New­ton County.

Sub­mit­ted photo / The Covington News

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