Supporting New York farms means safer food, affordable goods and open and stable trade markets, not just in New York, but across the nation and the world.
A strong agriculture sector in Upstate New York means strong local economies and vibrant communities. There are more than 35,000 farms in New York, including nearly 7 million acres of land in production. Family farms are often the largest employers in their communities and have a direct economic impact on businesses nearby, such as farm implement dealers, transportation, manufacturing, and equipment businesses. Elise is a member of the Dairy, Organic, and Small Brewers Caucus because she understands that our agricultural industries are critical to the North Country economy.
The counties in the 21st Congressional District account for large percentages of New York’s production of dairy, maple, corn silage, bee colonies, apple orchards, specialty crops, and more. But farmers face many difficulties: unpredictable weather, difficult economic conditions, accessing credit, high property taxes, labor challenges and farm regulations — not to mention the death tax.
This legislation includes important environmental and conservation provisions, and two of Elise’s amendments were adopted unanimously to combat invasive
species.The Farm Bill also supports our specialty crops and young farmers, and it includes needed reforms to the SNAP program to ensure that this important safety net does its job to provide a path out of poverty for the families it benefits. We need to look toward the future and ensure that the next generation of farmers will be able to continue the family farm legacy. Agriculture is a way of life in the North Country, and Elise is a strong voice for the entire
Upstate agriculture community. Supporting New York farms means safer food, affordable goods and open and stable trade markets, not just in New York, but across the nation and the world.
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