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 released the below statement following the House passage of the USMCA trade agreement:
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today to pass the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, legislation that she was an original cosponsor of. The bill, led by Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-4) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), includes solutions to address the labor crisis facing American agriculture. It provides a pathway to legal status for undocumented farmworkers who have been working in agriculture for at least two years and plan to continue in their jobs.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the announcement of a deal on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
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.
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.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant totaling $4,772,000, along with an additional loan of $8,248,000, to be awarded to the village of Heuvelton. The rural development investment will be used to finance the decommission of the village’s Water Pollution Control Facility and conveyance of the wastewater to the city of Ogdensburg.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan totaling $2,734,000 to be awarded to Cerow Arena, an existing community center in the town of Clayton. The funding will be used to fund a 12,500 square foot addition and improve building accessibility, office space, and provide upgrades for the facility to maintain its Red Cross Shelter Certification.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed on as an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Seeding Rural Resilience Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), directs the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to raise awareness and carry out a public service campaign to address mental health issues surrounding farmers.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed on as an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, introduced yesterday. The bill is being led by Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-4) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and includes solutions to address the labor crisis facing American agriculture. The bill provides a pathway to legal status for undocumented farmworkers who have been working in agriculture for at least two years and plan to continue in their jobs.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants and loans that will support improvements for the Champlain Fire District and the City of Ogdensburg. $3,865,800 has been awarded to the Champlain fire station in Clinton County, for the purposes of additions and alterations, including a variety of upgrades and repairs and a total of 6,839 feet of new space.