Agriculture is the backbone of the North Country and our farmers create jobs all across the district. Our district is home to a variety of agricultural commodities including significant dairy, apple, and maple operations. According to the last census of agriculture, New York’s 35,000 farmers bring in over $5 billion in sales.
New York’s producers face many challenges from over burdensome regulations, unfair trade practices from foreign countries, and declining prices for goods. Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to providing regulatory and tax relief to make it easier for farmers to operate in New York.
The North Country also depends on access to a reliable workforce. For those unable to find local workers it is essential that our agricultural visa programs work as they were intended, Congresswoman Stefanik is a leading voice for modernizing our agricultural visa programs including the failing H-2A program.
Now more than ever, it is critical to have a North Country voice as Congress debates a new Farm Bill. Congresswoman Stefanik will stand with our farmers to ensure access to critical research and support programs as well as fighting for increased market access in Canada, Mexico, and emerging markets.
As a member of the Dairy, Organic, and Small Brewer’s Caucuses Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to innovative solutions that support the North Country’s diverse agricultural background.
For more information concerning work and views related to Agriculture, please contact our office.
Legislation Introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R. 281 – Family Farm Relief Act of 2017
H.R. 344 – Forest Legacy Management Flexibility Act
Legislation Cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R. 747 – Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017
H.R. 778 – Dairy Pride Act
H.R. 848 – Farm Regulatory Certainty Act
H.R. 1626 – Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017
H.R. 2853 – Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act of 2017
Dairy Farmer Caucus
Small Brewers Caucus
Working Forest Caucus
Resources for New Farmers in Our District:
More on Agriculture
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the Dairy Pride Act, which was reintroduced today. This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale of any food that uses the market name of a dairy product but does not come from an animal, and does not contain milk as a primary ingredient.