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

July 12, 2017 Press Release
This legislation supports Michigan agriculture with important funding for agricultural research and food inspection. It also supports good-paying jobs, spurring investment in rural water and utility infrastructure. Michigan is a leader in agriculture and today’s legislation will help our state’s farmers continue to put food on the tables of families in Michigan and around the world.
April 25, 2017 Press Release
Overregulation has burdened agriculture and more can be done to help hardworking Michigan farmers like those in the milk and sugar industries who have been hurt by unfair trade practices. I hope this task force will find common-sense solutions to reform government and help a vital part of our state’s economy.
April 24, 2017 Press Release
It is good to see the Senate confirm Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture. Agriculture is vital to Michigan and I look forward to working with the new secretary on the issues facing farmers and rural communities throughout our state.
April 6, 2017 Video
Congressman John Moolenaar honors the Michigan farming community for its efforts to assist the hurting communities in America's heartland that have affected by wildfires there.
April 6, 2017 Press Release
The overwhelming and generous efforts of the Michigan farming community in response to the tragic wildfires represent the best of America. I pray for God's blessing on all involved as they help with this crisis.
March 31, 2017 In The News

Moolenaar, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, noted the committee’s responsibility for overseeing agencies and setting spending priorities, “and the U.S. (Department of Agriculture) is part of that process,” the congressman said.

February 28, 2017 Press Release
"I promised to fight this EPA regulation when I first ran to serve the people of mid and northern Michigan, and today’s decision is a victory for individual property rights and the 15,000 farmers of my district."
November 1, 2016 In The News

“Congressman Moolenaar has been a great friend of agriculture in his two years in Congress and has represented us well on the House Agriculture Committee,” Molhoek said. “He’s fought hard to improve the tax code for Michigan farmers, voting to make permanent Section 179 (depreciation) and voting to repeal the death tax. He’s stood behind biotechnology and voted with Farm Bureau on a new GMO labeling law that prevented a patchwork of differing state-level laws.”

August 10, 2016 Press Release
Today, the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has approved the Michigan Department of Education’s request for additional funding so that more fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased by Flint schools.
July 26, 2016 Editorial

This summer, I have been working hard to make sure Michigan’s priorities move forward in Congress. This includes protecting the Great Lakes, improving our infrastructure, strengthening our national security and helping our veterans. As the only Michigan member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have oversight of federal departments and agencies. Here is an update on some issues of concern to all Michigan residents.

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