Agriculture

As a lifelong resident of mid and northern Michigan, I understand the importance of agriculture to our state. Agriculture has been instrumental in our state’s economic recovery, and I am proud to represent the 15,000 farms and rural communities of our district.  

As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I am committed to ensuring that vital agriculture programs are maintained. I will continue to support Michigan farmers by ensuring that federal regulations do not impede upon farm operations, and helping develop policies that will enable farmers to sell more products to more customers.

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December 19, 2019 Press Release
"Hardworking men and women in Michigan are enjoying a strong economy right now with rising wages and low unemployment. The USMCA is another win for those workers because it levels the playing field for manufacturing and makes our country more competitive with our neighbors. This agreement also helps Michigan farmers, especially our dairy farmers in the Fourth District, by opening new markets for them to sell their products."
December 10, 2019 Press Release
“The USMCA is a tremendous victory for the American people and President Trump. This new trade agreement with our neighbors will benefit Michigan workers and Michigan farmers. We have the best workers in the world and this agreement will help ensure they are competing against the competition on a level playing field, especially in manufacturing. It will also open new markets for our farmers so they sell more Michigan-grown food to our neighbors. It has been nearly a year since this agreement was first signed and I hope the House will schedule a vote on it before the end of the year.”
November 1, 2019 Press Release
“The economy could be doing even better though if the House passed the USMCA trade agreement. So it is unfortunate that Speaker Pelosi said today there may not even be a vote until next year. This agreement was reached nearly a year ago and there should be a vote soon, but it’s clear that impeachment is a more important priority for Democrats than passing a new agreement that will benefit Michigan farmers and manufacturers."
October 18, 2019 Press Release
“The Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act will promote the safe production of products that millions of Americans use every day by improving coordination between the federal government, the private sector and the scientific community. We have incredible scientific talent in Michigan, and I am confident we will continue to be a world leader in research and sustainable chemistry for years to come. Thank you to my colleagues on the committee for their strong bipartisan support of this legislation, and I hope the entire House will take it up soon.”
October 3, 2019 Press Release
"We are deeply concerned about the future of the cherry industry in Michigan, and across the country due to significant hardship caused by harmful trade practices and depressed prices. For these reasons, we strongly believe processed sweet and tart cherries should be eligible for assistance under the MFP and request your support for American farmers."
July 12, 2019 Press Release
“These rural development grants will help Beaverton build the infrastructure it needs to grow and I will continue to work in Congress to support funding that benefits hardworking Michigan residents. Congratulations to the leadership of Beaverton on successfully applying for this funding and securing it for their community.”
July 9, 2019 In The News

“For me it is an opportunity to listen, learn and hear from people first-hand how things are going and how the farm economy is being affected by these different factors,‘ Moolenaar said.

July 5, 2019 In The News

Moolenaar said, “Congratulations to Clare and Nottawa Township on applying for and being awarded this funding that will improve sanitation and drinking water in their communities. I encourage community leaders in our district to apply for federal funding and I will continue to support federal investments that benefit mid Michigan residents through my work on the House Appropriations Committee.”

March 11, 2019 Press Release
“Last year, we made incredible progress in funding the Army Corps, and having it include Soo Locks construction in its work plan. I successfully worked across the aisle on the Appropriations Committee to fund vital priorities including fighting the opioid crisis, expanding rural broadband access, and fully-funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. I look forward to continuing this important work for Michigan in the months ahead as Congress debates federal funding for 2020.”
January 29, 2019 Press Release
“As our state’s senior leader on the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to make sure Michigan’s most important priorities are funded in the years ahead. We must keep up the fight against the opioid crisis and give communities the resources they need to win the battle against addiction. We also need more funding to expand broadband access to residents in rural communities. I will also continue the work I have been doing for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and protect the Lakes for future generations. Finally, I will build on the historic success we had last year with the Soo Locks and work to fund design and construction in the years ahead.”

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