U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) has called on Members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee to work together toward sensible reforms in her opening statement.

The committee, a select panel of House and Senate Members tasked with ironing out differences between their respective versions of the farm bill, convened its first meeting Oct. 30 on Capitol Hill.

Addressing the committee, Rep. Roby praised her home state’s advancements in agriculture and advocated policies that would treat Alabama farmers fairly.

She called the farm bill negotiations a “unique opportunity… to prove Congress has not lost its ability to solve problems and make life work for Americans.”

Below is the complete transcript of Rep. Roby’s remarks.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on this conference committee and to work toward a solution on this very important bill.

I also want to say thank you to the staff of the Agriculture Committee for all their hard work behind the scenes.

For three years we’ve been working on a new farm bill that would meet this country’s agricultural and economic needs, while enacting important reforms to farm and food stamp policy. I’m very pleased that the process is moving forward today.

This farm bill is a top legislative priority for me because it is important to the people of Alabama’s Second Congressional District. I’ve hosted numerous town hall meetings, held regular sit downs with my own Agriculture Advisory Panel, and visited with farmers throughout my district.

I’m proud that my state of Alabama is home to multiple land-grant universities that play an important role in developing new farming techniques and technologies. In fact, just today I met with Auburn University’s President and learned about their cutting edge research that is shaping the future of agriculture.

From Dothan to Deatsville and from Eclectic to Elba, Alabama farmers deserve a new farm bill that provides the certainty they need to plan their planting.