Congressman Denver Riggleman launches 5th District Agricultural Advisory Committee

August 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington D.C. - Congressman Denver Riggleman launched his 5th District Agricultural Advisory Committee with a round table event at Roslyn Farm in Charlottesville, VA.  The event was the first meeting of the Agriculture Advisory Committee, a group that will meet regularly to discuss issues facing farmers, growers, and producers in the 5th District.  The event was also attended by special guest Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

"Southside Virginia was the tobacco capital of the world for many years and now farmers in Virginia have proven their resilience by adapting to a different agricultural landscape," said Congressman Riggleman.  "I am excited to welcome each and every one of the people here as we form an Agricultural Advisory Committee that will help me as your voice in Congress."

The Agriculture Advisory Committee is made up of Famers, growers, and producers from across the 5th District.  They will meet with Congressman Riggleman to discuss the challenges they face and potential solutions at the Congressional level.

A full copy of Congressman Riggleman's prepared remarks can be found below.


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Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Riggleman and Secretary Perdue.

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Congressman Riggleman and Secretary Perdue take a tour of Roslyn Farm


Opening Remarks:

Thank you, everyone.  As most of you know, agriculture is a big part of the 5th district’s economy and a big part of its history.  Southside Virginia was the tobacco capital of the world for many years and now farmers in Virginia have proven their resilience by adapting to a different agricultural landscape.  I am excited to welcome each and every one of the people here as we form an Agricultural Advisory Committee that will help me as your voice in Congress.

It is an honor to have the 31st Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, here in Virginia to speak with us this morning.  Secretary Perdue was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia, and has experienced the farming industry from every possible perspective.  

As Secretary of Agriculture, Sec. Perdue will maximize the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor.   

It should be the aim of the American government to remove every obstacle and give farmers, ranchers, and producers every opportunity to prosper.  Sec. Perdue has proven to be a great steward for us and a leader who has been dedicated to producing solutions that will help American farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

And so, without further ado, I will turn it over to Secretary Perdue.  Thank you so much for being here today.

Closing Remarks:

Thank you again, Mr. Secretary.  Your presence here in Charlottesville is greatly appreciated and your advice and insight is invaluable.  

I also would like to thank the members of the Agricultural Advisory Committee for their excellent questions.  This Committee serves an important role in guiding me as your representative.  I continually reflect on the importance agriculture continues to have in the 5th district and I want to do everything I can to make it easier for farmers to prosper.  I would like to thank Secretary Perdue for some of the work he has done which has helped.

I hope everyone found this discussion as helpful as I have and will continue to advise me on ways I can help farmers here in the 5th district.

Congressman Riggleman is a first term Congressman from Virginia's 5th District who serves on the House Financial Services Committee.

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