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Earlier this week, North Carolina’s 7th District Representative Mike McIntyre was named to the number two slot on the ranking member of the House Ag Committee. McIntyre says this is what he’s been working towards:

“Its very exciting. A lot of times folks start out on the Ag Committee and decide they want to move onto something different. But I knew from the beginning that it would be my first choice. Now I’ve had the chance to move up to the number two position of the entire committee, which is exciting. It also means I have the chance to serve on two key subcommittees that are key to NC.”

As McIntyre mentioned, the number two position also places him on two very strategic subcommittees within the House Ag Committee, one being the Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit Subcommittee:

“When you consider NC and its rankings in regard to turkey and chicken production and the hog industry, we are in a prime position to have an impact on not only how this helps NC, but how it helps set policy nationwide for livestock.”

McIntyre also will serve on the Energy, Conservation, and Forestry Subcommittee, another appointment he’s excited about:

“One of the things I’ve emphasized in the last few years has been rural broadband, that is a very practical subject now because when over a decade ago Clinton was talking about bridging the digital divide, he actually came to NC to talk about doing that so that rural areas don’t get left behind. We have been able to get money to rural telephone and electrical groups and its made a huge difference. From medical universities to helping kids to their homework. This is critical to help schools, small business and our folks in agriculture connect. It will help to put us on the world stage.”

All in all, McIntyre feels that these new positions within the House Ag Committee will be beneficial for all of North Carolina:

“We have all of the resources including the work force to bring technology and opportunity to NC.”

Mike McIntyre, 7th District Representative from North Carolina. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.