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.

More on Agriculture

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.”
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.”

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