"It's very important for me to know what types of problems my farmers are confronting in the Shenandoah Valley," says Bob Goodlatte.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte was all ears as he visited farms across the valley, including a farm in Weyers Cave. One of the biggest issues facing beef cattle farmers today is the ban on beef in the international market. This after a cow with mad cow was found in Washington state.
"We are working aggressively with those countries to convince them that beef supply in the US is perfectly safe," says Goodlatte.
Goodlatte says by listening to these farmers, it gives him a better prospective on what they go through on a day-to-day basis.
Goodlatte says the Department of Agriculture continues to work towards being prepared for problems like the recent outbreak of avian flu.
"They were a little slow with the problem here in the valley, than they have with some of the problems that have come with in other parts of the country. But they were faster than the last time the avian flu occurred," says Goodlatte.
Goodlatte serves as the chairman of the agriculture committee in the House of Representatives.