Trump appoints Goodlatte to agriculture committee

The 2016 presidential election is dipping further into the Virginian political scene after presidential candidate Donald Trump appointed Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to his agricultural advisory committee.

Goodlatte serves Virginia’s 6th District, which spans from Shenandoah County to Botetourt County.

According to a news release from Trump’s campaign website, the candidate formed the committee to move agriculture forward in the U.S. and to provide support to rural communities.

“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agriculture communities,” Trump stated in the release. “Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day.”

Dan Webb, Goodlatte’s campaign manager, stated in an email that  Trump picked the congressman for the committee because of his experience serving as chair of the House committee on agriculture and for his representation of the largest agriculture-producing district in Virginia.

Webb stated that given Goodlatte’s seat on the committee, Goodlatte hopes to ensure U.S. position as a leader in global agriculture, loosening restrictions on farmers that increase their production costs, and a new agricultural guestworker program.

“Farmers face significant challenges in today’s environment, including federal rules and regulations that seem to govern nearly every aspect of the industry,” Webb stated. “Too often these proposals would adversely affect our rural communities by increasing costs and making it harder for agriculture producers make a living.”

Goodlatte’s appointment puts him on a committee with a laundry list of prominent governors, congressmen, senators and agriculture leaders from across the country.

His appointment comes on the heels of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s appointment of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her running mate.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com