The House Democrat Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Democratic state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house.
House Democrats celebrate agriculture day on the Hill,
Event designed to focus attention on the importance of agriculture to Tennessee’s economy
On Tuesday, State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Stratton Bone (D-Lebanon), and c Ken Givens celebrated Agriculture Day on the Hill.
“Agriculture continues to be such an important part of ours state’s economy,” said Pitts. “As we continue the move towards more green jobs in Tennessee, I believe agriculture will play a significant role.”
Recent statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture show that over $60 billion (about 18%) of the state’s economy is generated by agriculture and forestry. Agriculture alone accounts for over 210,000 Tennessee jobs, with over 11.4 million Tennessee acres currently being used as farmland.
“Agriculture is making a comeback in a big way, and I believe we need to continue to find ways to encourage and expand opportunities for more agricultural in Tennessee,” said Pitts.
In addition to livestock displays including mules, pigs and sheep, a cow milking contest was held between Representative Dale Ford (R-Jonesborough) and Rep. Mike Turner (D-Old Hickory). Ford edged Turner 110ml to 10ml to claim the coveted Ag Day Milk Pale.
Representative Joe Pitts honored by the National Association of Social Workers
On April 8th, State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) was presented the “2009 Public Official of the Year” award by the National Association of Social Workers, (NASW) Tennessee Chapter. President Paula Foster presented the award to Rep. Pitts at their annual Social Work legislative conference held in Nashville, Tennessee.
I am humbled by the honor of being named “2009 Public Official of the Year” by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said Pitts”. “Great thanks for the recognition of my efforts in sponsoring the Social Work Licensure Law in 2008”, Pitts said.
Founded in 1955 the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 155,000 members in 56 chapters. The Tennessee Chapter, with over 1,850 members, is the major professional social work organization in the state.