Monday, December 22, 2008
Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, was named this past Thursday as ranking Republican to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
The committee considers issues relating to agricultural production, animal and plant disease control, water resources, fisheries and wildlife, forest practices and protection, mining and management of some state-owned lands.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to help agriculture be more prosperous in the future," Chandler said. "Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the state, and one of the key drivers in our successful international trade."
Chandler said he believes farming and other agricultural practices can continue to help position the state for economic growth in the coming years.
"Agriculture provides 160,000 jobs a year, and exports $6.7 billion worth of commodities. The Legislature is in a position to support this important industry," Chandler said. "I'll be working with every aspect of the industry to help create jobs and grow our state's economy. I also want to make sure the timber industry continues to be a contributor to the state's economy."
Chandler also noted issues the state must deal with when it comes to water and farming practices. He wants to be on the front lines to protect the interests of water users, and farmers and ultimately, consumers.
Chandler owns and operates a commercial fruit orchard near Granger.