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Collins to hold district ag tour
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In his summer recess home from Washington, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins plans to keep busy.

The freshman Republican from Gainesville will conduct a districtwide tour of agricultural sites in the 9th District over the coming weeks.

Agriculture and agribusiness are key economic industries in the Northeast Georgia area. Over the monthlong period, Collins plans to visit local groups, visit district residents and tour key industry locations.

“Our agricultural community is the economic heartbeat of Northeast Georgia,” Collins said in a news release. “It’s important for me to truly understand the needs of our farmers to make sure I am representing their best interests in Congress. For the first time in a long time, the House passed a true farm bill that deals with the real needs of the agricultural sector of our economy. I am excited to get out into these communities and hear from folks on what they like about the bill and what they don’t like as much.”

The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with a visit to Jaemor Farms’ grand opening event at its new store in Banks Crossing at 40081 U.S. 441 in Commerce.

Later Thursday, Collins will serve as keynote speaker at the Georgia Farm Bureau Tailgate from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at London Farm, 316 Vernon London Road in Cleveland.

Other events scheduled on Collins’ district tour include:

-Agricultural & Economic Development Steak & Eggs Breakfast, 8-9 a.m. Aug. 13, Comer Lions Club, Lexington Road, Colbert

-Madison County Farm Tour, 9-10 a.m. Aug. 13, Moon Farms, 3498 Ga. 72 East, Colbert

-Franklin County Farm Bureau annual meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Franklin County High School Agriculture Center, 6570 Ga. 145, Carnesville

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