Leader Boehner Pledges Support to Secure Agriculture Seat for Rick Crawford

June 22, 2010

Leader Boehner Pledges Support to Secure Agriculture Seat for Rick Crawford

Washington –
House Republican Leader John Boehner today pledged his support to secure an assignment on the important House Agriculture Committee for Rick Crawford, GOP nominee for Arkansas’ First Congressional District.

“Rick Crawford has my full support for a seat on the House Agriculture Committee. Rick’s been in the agriculture business for years and understands the challenges facing farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. He would be a strong advocate for solutions that address the issues facing agriculture communities, and I look forward to working with him, the Republican leadership, and the Members of the Steering Committee to place him on the committee at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Boehner represents the two largest agriculture counties in Ohio and previously served on the House Agriculture Committee for 15 years.

The economy of Arkansas’ First Congressional District is driven by agriculture. According to the Office of Rep. Marion Berry, over 90% of the region’s jobs are tied to the industry. The district ranks No. 1 in the country for rice production, No. 5 in the country for cotton production, No. 10 in the country for soybean production and No. 11 in the country for overall cropland harvested. Situated along the Mississippi River and encompassing Arkansas’ Delta region, the district is home to Jonesboro’s Arkansas State University, a major center of agricultural education, and Stuttgart’s Riceland Foods, the world’s biggest rice miller.

Rick Crawford is a “Contender” in the NRCC’s Young Guns program. Learn more about Rick here: http://www.meetrickcrawford.com/