“I am honored to be chosen vice chair of such an important committee. This position will not only provide me the opportunity to share ideas with my counterparts in other states, but also the concerns and issues facing the Commonwealth,” Senator Pendleton said. “As a legislator, I have always been a strong advocate of the agriculture industry and this position will allow me to expand on the issues facing the industry. I look forward to representing Kentucky on this committee.”
Senator Pendleton, a farmer, added that the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee focuses on issues critical to the future of farming and farm communities. As the “engine of the economy,” agriculture constitutes a vital sector of the economies of most Southern states.
Recent committee initiatives include updates on international trade and agriculture, consolidation in the farm sector, and conservation and farm land preservation. Other issues in which the Committee has long-standing interests are the imported red fire ant, the status of the rural South, and food safety and security. The Committee has focused on the changing face of agriculture across America and conditions in the rural South. The status and future of rural communities is emerging as a major focus for the Committee. The Committee also works annually with public and private agencies, local and federal officials, and the land grant university system to assure the continued vitality of the region’s farm and rural communities.
“I look forward to my work as vice chair. It will give me the chance to hear new ideas and to access information that can help my district and the entire state,” Senator Pendleton said, “It will also offer me an opportunity to express the concerns I hear from local farmers to people who are influential at the national level.”
Senator Pendleton, who has served in the State Senate since 1993, represents the 3rd District, which includes Christian, Todd and Logan counties.