Letter to the Editor

Bredesen is friend to farmers

Sunday, October 7, 2018

To the editor:

There are many variables that impact the success of farming. Whether itís the weather, market changes, or burdensome regulations, farming can be a risky business. Yet there are programs in place that support our farmers thrpugh good times and bad. In 2005, Governor Phil Bredesen established the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) to provide cost share dollars to agricultural producers, These funds are long-term investments in Tennessee farms and communities, allowing participants to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and invest in their communities.

Since the Ag Enhancement program was established in 2005, 1,111 projects have been funded here on the ground here in Bedford County, investing $3,136,824.21 over a 12-year period directly into our community. Without Governor Bredesenís leadership, many of the local investments in our farms wouldnít have been possible.

Unfortunately, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn has spent the last 16 years in Washington undermining our farmers. She has voted against the final version of the Farm Bill every time it has come up for consideration. Since October 2017, Congresswoman Blackburn has missed a total of 123 votes, including the latest Farm Bill vote. Congresswoman Blackburn has gotten lost in the D.C. swamp and needs to come back home.

Governor Phil Bredesen has made it clear he is a friend to farmers. As our next U.S. Senator, he will continue to support policies that benefit our communities, inclding expanding rural broadband, supporting the Farm Bill, and opposing harmful tariffs and burdensome regulations.

Tim Farrar

Shelbyville