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

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."
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.”
April 12, 2018 Press Release
"This year, I have been meeting with farmers to hear about the challenges they are facing. The Farm Bill provides critical support for the farmers in our district and it will support new farmers as they start out in agriculture. It will also benefit our rural communities with infrastructure initiatives and more than $582 million in yearly funding to improve rural Internet access.
February 12, 2018 Press Release
"I have always worked with my colleagues to fully fund and support our Great Lakes. In years past, we successfully defended the Great Lakes from the cuts proposed by Presidents Trump and Obama and we will fight to do so again this year."
September 14, 2017 Press Release
Today’s legislation is a victory for important priorities in Michigan. Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will protect the Lakes against invasive species and environmental damage. The funding for agricultural research and food safety will benefit Michigan farmers and Michigan families with better crops and safer food on their tables. The legislation will also make money available for rural broadband to improve online access in our communities.
July 25, 2017 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.
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.

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