More on Agriculture
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing a $1,038,000.00 loan and a $830,000.00 grant to the town of York in Livingston County. This loan and grant will help eliminate the public health risks associated with the poor quality and quantity of ground water in the area.
Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins announced that the Letchworth Gateway Villages and the Rural Outreach Center will receive technical assistance provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) initiative called Rural Economic Development Innovation. Each organization will receive assistance for up to two years to help create and implement economic development plans.
Clarence – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced his new legislation to address the crisis local farmers are facing due to the current H-2A visa program at a press conference at the Boxler Dairy Farm in Varysburg. The Helping Labor Personnel (HELP) Farms Act requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Labor, grant temporary work authorization forms for nonseasonal agriculture workers. This legislation will provide a short-term, one time fix, to help the non-seasonal agriculture workforce.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) introduced legislation that would provide a short-term, one time fix, to help the non-seasonal agriculture workforce. The Helping Labor Personnel (HELP) Farms Act provides a solution for farmers across the nation, especially in the dairy industry, while Congress and the Department of Labor continues to modernize the H-2A program and allow visas be granted on an annual basis instead of seasonal.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) celebrated the passage of H.R 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. H.R. 2 includes critically important dairy policy reforms that will strengthen and grow the Western New York dairy economy that in recent years has faced significant challenges.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) praised President Trump and his administration for officially signing a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
USMCA will make significant changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will put the United States on more equal footing with the other nations. Specifically with regard to the dairy industry, Canada’s pricing program has created an unfair playing field and has essentially eliminated U.S. exports of certain dairy products, harming Western New York’s dairy industry.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) praised President Trump and his administration for reaching a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada to be called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) applauded the Trump Administration for providing $12 billion in aid to farmers impacted by recently imposed tariffs, with a focus on providing aid to the dairy sector in particular. Collins represents one of the nation’s largest dairy producing districts and has been an outspoken advocate for policies that strengthen the industry.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today voted for the 2018 Farm Bill that will strengthen and grow the Western New York dairy economy. In recent years, the dairy industry has faced significant challenges, including an overall decline in milk consumption due to unfair trade practices with nations like Canada. Provisions in the Farm Bill make commonsense reforms to safety net programs put in place to help farmers during a downturn.
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today toured Stein Farms to discuss dairy issues he has been leading in Congress that deal with the decline in milk consumption and economic challenges facing dairy farmers. Collins announced a letter he sent with 11 of his colleagues to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue encouraging the agency to continue advertising campaigns like “Got Milk?”.