Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has sent a letter along with her House colleagues requesting that the next COVID-19 financial assistance package include support for Cooperative Extension in the states that have been most impacted by the pandemic. The Cooperative Extension regional agriculture team system in New York is now at risk because of the dire state of county finances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Cooperative Extension system is a great resource for our North Country farmers and also an employer of many people in our communities,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I have personally spoken to Extension Agents, regional ag teams, and farmers who agree that the resources, materials, and best practices that Cooperative Extension has provided throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have helped many farms to keep their employees and businesses protected. The programs that Cooperative Extension provides to farmers, communities, and families in the North Country are crucial, and I will continue to advocate for funding to support them."