Agriculture has always had strong roots in Michigan, where our farmers produce everything from asparagus to zucchini. As Michigan continues its economic recovery, agriculture remains a driving force in our economy and provides many good-paying, local jobs. I am committed to ensuring our farmers have the resources they need to continue producing the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food supply in the world.
Immigration & Labor
Without a doubt, the number one issue for our farmers is immigration reform. In order for our farms to effectively produce quality agricultural products in the Sixth District we need to provide a reliable workforce for all farms. That means real immigration reform now.
In 2019, my colleagues and I introduced and the House passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to help build a legal and reliable workforce for our nation’s agriculture community. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would provide agricultural workers an opportunity to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment, improve the H-2A visa program, and establish a mandatory E-Verify for the agriculture industry. Click here to learn more about the legislation.
Coronavirus and Agriculture
Our agriculture community has been greatly impacted by the coronavirus crisis, and we have been working overtime to support it. We led two letters to the U.S. Department of Agriculture advocating for specialty crops and another asking for more flexibility for producers. We also advocated for more PPE for farm workers, as we look to bolster food safety and secure supply. Furthermore, our office has been in discussions about ways we can bring financial relief to our farms in Southwest Michigan.
2018 Farm Bill
I was immensely pleased with the bipartisan hard work that was put into completing the 2018 Farm Bill as it not only represents a foundation for farm policy for the upcoming years, but also provides economic certainty to an entire industry across the country.
I am expecting the same process this time around, and I looking forward to hearing from all of you through the process as well as working with Chairman Conaway on a Farm Bill that puts Michigan agricultural issues front and center.