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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January 9, 2019 Editorial

By Congressman John Moolenaar

In 2018, we made more progress on the Soo Locks than has been made in decades. From the end of April through the end of December, new developments have brought a new lock closer to fruition. In April, I joined Michigan Congressmen Jack Bergman and Paul Mitchell for a conversation with President Donald Trump about the Soo Locks.

December 20, 2018 Press Release
“The Farm Bill will help small towns in Michigan and across the country with grants from the Department of Agriculture that will go toward improving water infrastructure, expanding rural broadband Internet access, and fighting the opioid crisis.
December 12, 2018 Press Release
“Michigan farmers work tirelessly to feed our communities and people around the world. This legislation will help the 15,000 farmers in my district plan for the future, especially when they face natural disasters. Michigan family farmers are the best in the world and this legislation will help them compete for years to come."
October 31, 2018 Press Release
“Today's grant will help health care professionals on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Doctors will be able to provide care remotely, while helping patients stay closer to home. Telemedicine offers new ways for patients and doctors to connect, and I will be working to expand rural broadband access so this technology can potentially be used in more communities across mid and northern Michigan.”
August 9, 2018 Press Release
“The new facility in St. Johns is contributing to a growing economy and it will bring good-paying jobs right here to mid-Michigan. It will also benefit the hardworking milk producers in our state who get up early every morning to do their work and feed millions of people. This is an outstanding decision by the Dairy Farmers of America."
July 7, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, said in a statement following the bill's passage that he supports the new work requirement.

"With the economy doing well and unemployment under four percent, there are currently more job openings than there are job seekers," he said. "It's never been a better time to find a job or to enroll in training to learn the skills needed for a good-paying job."

June 21, 2018 Press Release
“This Farm Bill is crucial for the 15,000 farmers in my district who grow the food Michiganders enjoy every day. It helps them plan for the future and do the incredibly difficult work of tilling the land and raising livestock. Agriculture is one of our state’s key industries and this legislation will help ensure that for years to come.
May 23, 2018 Press Release
"Congratulations to Farwell on receiving this funding to maintain and improve its water infrastructure. Rural development grants like this one meet crucial needs and benefit our communities in mid and northern Michigan."
May 16, 2018 Press Release
“This funding supports the men and women in Michigan agriculture who put food on tables here at home and around the world. It supports important research at Michigan State and it will help address some of the most important concerns Michiganders have, including improving rural water infrastructure and broadband Internet access. I will work with my colleagues to help pass this important legislation when the House votes on it.”
May 3, 2018 In The News

Moolenaar said he was surprised Trump insisted they ride in the limo, which he said Trump refers to as “The Beast.” He said there was a lot of discussion about the locks, but the issue of H2B visas also were discussed. Moolenaar said there is a need for foreign workers in Michigan, especially for seasonal business in the tourism and agriculture sectors.

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