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

Caucus Memberships

Dairy Farmer Caucus

Horse Caucus

Organic Caucus

Small Brewers Caucus

Working Forest Caucus 

Resources for New Farmers in Our District:

Cornell University guide for new farmers

More on Agriculture

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the House passage of the USMCA trade agreement:

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the announcement of a deal on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

December 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of the Responsible and Efficient Agriculture Destination Act. Agricultural haulers of livestock and commodities are currently forced to stop mid-route ad leave animals or products on trailers for 10 consecutive hours, in order to comply with hours of service (HOS) requirements. This legislation provides haulers a grace period of 150 air-miles within their destination, so they can slowly and carefully travel their routes.

December 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan totaling $273,500 to be awarded to War Canoe Holdings, LLC for the acquisition and conversion of the former Adirondack Meat Facility into a distillery and barrel storage operation. The facility will feature local products in the new tasting room and buy inventory from local distributors. This operation will be the first of its kind in the area. Funding for the project is provided by the USDA Rural Development program.