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  • WWMT: Despite harsh winter, farmers hopeful for successful season
    Posted in Fred in the News on March 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Despite harsh winter, farmers hopeful for successful season WWMT March 17, 2019 PAW PAW, Mich. — Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, hosted a roundtable discussion with local agriculture leaders and farmers Friday. Farmers and agriculture leaders said they're ready for the 2019 season. Upton said some farmers are worried though because of harsh winters and the impact it could have on West Michigan. "We had this terrible winter. It was particularly hard on our crops, our trees, grapes, etc. because of... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act: “As I’ve listened to our local farmers, they want support and certainty and the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill delivers that. But the Farm Bill is not just for our farmers and ranchers, it is truly for all Americans as our agriculture industry plays a vital role in ensuring we have access to a sa... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Proposed Updates to H-2A Visa Program
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielson, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a joint statement proposing streamlining, simplifying, and improving the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program: “This is welcome news and long overdue. For years, our farmers here in Southwest Michigan have struggled with this cu... Read more

  • ICYMI: Why a fix for DACA is imperative
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Why a fix for DACA is imperative By U.S. Rep. Fred Upton December 4, 2017 Herald Palladium Over the last number of months there has been a deluge of interest in a small but important immigration program called DACA. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is a policy that allows a number of individuals – approximately 800,000 across the country and thousands here in Michigan – who entered our country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from depo... Read more

  • Upton Applauds EPA Withdrawal of WOTUS Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would withdraw its controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that would regulate ditches and standing water in farmers’ low-lying fields as federally regulated waterways: “This is a big win for farmers and rural communities here in Southwest Michigan. I have joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle here in Congress on several different occasi... Read more

  • Upton Meets with Southwest Michigan Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following photo and statement after meeting with a group of Southwest Michigan farmers in his Washington, D.C., office. “Today’s meeting was productive and informative. Farmers are the backbone of our Southwest Michigan economy and we discussed ways we can work together to improve their economic outlook and provide much-needed certainty so they can plan for the future. We also had a frank and open talk about our broken immigration system and... Read more

  • Upton Statement on Congressional Resolution to Nullify Controversial EPA “WOTUS” Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement upon House passage of S.J. Res. 22 – Congressional Disapproval of the “Waters of the United States” Rule, which would nullify the controversial EPA rule that would regulate ditches and standing water in farmers’ low-lying fields as federally regulated waterways. “The ‘WOTUS’ Rule is out-of-touch, ill-advised government overreach and would spell disaster for our agriculture communities in Southwest Mic... Read more

  • Upton, House Approves Legislation to Help Rural and Small Community Water Systems
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting to advance S. 611, the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act. “This bipartisan bill is a big win for our smaller and more rural communities throughout Southwest Michigan,” said Upton. “These communities often face real challenges trying to comply with federal safe drinking water regulations, and this bill will help level the playing field. As a result, ... Read more

  • Upton Statement on EPA WOTUS Court Ruling
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay to block the Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) enforcement of its final Waters of the United State (WOTUS) rule. “I applaud the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision today that, for the moment, protects states from the implementation of the EPA’s final WOTUS rule,” Upton said. “We all want clean water, but this ill-advised g... Read more

  • Upton Committee Advances Legislation to Protect Great Lakes Drinking Water
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Upton, voted to advance H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act. The bipartisan bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress within 90 days of enactment for assessing and managing the risk associated with harmful algal toxins in drinking water.... Read more

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