Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of the 2018 House Farm Bill.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our North Country economy,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Since arriving in Congress, I have made dozens of agriculture stops across our district, hosting agriculture roundtables, touring farms, visiting Ag businesses, and meeting with our farmers and their families at County Fairs each summer. I am pleased this Farm Bill delivers important wins for our farmers. Critically, it provides needed support for our dairy farmers who are facing a crisis right now. It also authorizes over $500 million in loan and grant programs to expand access to rural broadband – a key economic priority for our region. This legislation includes important environmental and conservation provisions, and I am pleased that two of my amendments were adopted unanimously to combat invasive species, such as the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. This Farm Bill supports our specialty crops and young farmers as well. It also includes needed reforms to the SNAP program to ensure that this important safety net provides a path out of poverty for the families it benefits.”

“I will continue working in Congress on behalf of our North Country farmers and look forward to seeing the Farm Bill move through the Senate and be signed into law.”

During floor debate, Congresswoman Stefanik – Co-Chair of the Invasive Species Caucus -- had two amendments adopted unanimously to combat invasive species.  Congresswoman Stefanik also wrote on Medium in more detail about the important wins for our district.