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  • USDA approves Upton’s request to extend waivers to help feed students in need
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, last Thursday sent an urgent letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the department extend waivers to help feed students during the COVID-19 crisis, and today Perdue announced he has approved the request. By extending the waivers, summer meal program operators will be able to continue serving free healthy and nutritious meals for students and families in need, regardless of whether students are returning for in-person or virtual instr... Read more

  • Upton urges USDA to extend waivers to help feed students
    Posted in Press Releases on August 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the Administration extend waivers that are needed to help feed students who participate in school meal programs. Specifically, Upton is asking USDA to extend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Waivers as well as the Afterschool Activity Waiver and the subsequent reporting requirements throughout the 2020-21 school year... Read more

  • Upton announces $10.7 million in federal funding to provide rural broadband service to nearly 7,700 residents
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Communications & Technology, Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing nearly $11 million for broadband service in unserved and underserved rural communities across Southwest Michigan. Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will receive a $10.7 million loan/grant combination to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to Van Buren and Allegan counties. This project will extend broadband availability to 22 farms, 19 businesses, and... Read more

  • Upton Calls on USDA to Provide Direct Support to Specialty Crop Producers
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. - Today, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-06), along with U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Jim Costa (D-CA-16), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), led 108 members of the House of Representatives in sending a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for the Administration to provide direct support to specialty crop producers as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is implemented. The CARES Act includes $14 billion ... Read more

  • Upton Helps Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Aggressive Use of the Defense Production Act for COVID-19 Response
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) today helped lead the bipartisan effort to secure more Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers by cosponsoring legislation urging the President to make quick and effective use of the Defense Production Act during the greatest public health crisis in a century. Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) introduced the legislation earlier today. "I have said from the beginning that we need all hands on deck, and the bipartisan resolution we introduced today... Read more

  • Upton speaks on House floor in support of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today delivered remarks on the House floor in support of bipartisan legislation, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. This landmark legislation aims to address the shortage of workers available in the U.S. agriculture industry by helping build a legal and reliable workforce. Upton is an original co-sponsor, and the final vote will happen this evening. Click here to watch Upton’s remarks. Full remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Earlier this y... Read more

  • Upton celebrates passage of bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed bipartisan legislation that 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. Upton was an original cosponsor of the legi... Read more

  • Upton: USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation provides vital assistance for farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on November 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced 43 Michigan counties as primary natural disaster areas, including Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and 31 additional counties as contiguous disaster counties, including Kalamazoo and Van Buren. Following excessive rain, flooding, and extreme temperatures earlier this year, Upton spearheaded a bipartisan letter urging support for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitm... Read more

  • Upton, lawmakers introduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, landmark legislation which aims to address the shortage of workers available in the U.S. agriculture industry by helping build a legal and reliable workforce. This bipartisan bill - introduced by U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA)– would provide agricultural workers an opportunity to earn legal status through continued agri... Read more

  • Upton issues statement after USDA approves disaster designation for Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties
    Posted in Press Releases on August 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a secretarial disaster designation for Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties. “Today’s announcement is welcome news for our farmers and producers in Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties. In July, when I went on my farm tour throughout southwest Michigan, farmers made it clear that they were suffering. Within the last year, they have experienced record ... Read more

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