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PRESS-REPUBLICAN: Reps in Action: March 31, 2021

March 31st, 2021 by Staff

Stefanik receives Farm Bureau award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the New York Farm Bureau presented U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) with the American Farm Bureau Circle of Friends Award, which is given to select lawmakers who have strong voting records in support of New York agriculture.

Stefanik also received the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award in October of 2020, a press release said.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the New York Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau for my dedication to North Country farmers,” Stefanik said in a statement.

“I am proud to advocate on behalf of the farmers who work tirelessly to provide for our rural communities, and I extend my gratitude to them on this National Agriculture Day for their important work.”

Stefanik re-introduces Success for Rural Students and Community Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and Josh Harder (D-California) reintroduced theSuccess for Rural Students and Communities Act.

According to a press release, the bill would authorize$60 million in grants each year through fiscal year 2027 for rural communities across the country to spur innovation and investment, improve access to higher education for rural students and prepare them to receive the credentials necessary to step into high-demand jobs in their communities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the need to close the degree attainment gap between students from rural communities and their peers,” Stefanik said in a statement.

“The Success for Rural Students and Communities Act will bring local school districts together with institutions of higher education and economic organizations to ensure our North Country students have greater opportunity to enroll in college, receive their degree and then contribute to our local economies by thriving in high-demand jobs.”

Stefanik pushes for clarification for onion growers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting clarification on the decision to stop certain import inspection requirements for onions and commitment to seeking input from farmers prior to such changes going forward.

According to a press release, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service eliminated a federal marketing order earlier this month and stopped the requirements without notifying U.S. producers.

“I will not sit back and allow our farmers to be treated unfairly at the regulatory level,” Stefanik said in a statement.

“The USDA’s decision to suspend import inspections without prior notice or input from farmers put our North Country onion growers in direct competition with sub-standard foreign products during an already incredibly difficult year. I call on USDA to provide rationale for this decision and provide answer to our farmers, who deserve access to fair and open markets in the United States.”

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