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  • 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

  • Upton Leads Michigan Delegation’s Effort to Secure USDA Disaster Designation for Michigan’s Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today spearheaded a bipartisan letter from 13 members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging support for Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation request for the state of Michigan. If approved, the Disaster Designation would make additional assistance available to farmers in southwest Michigan and across the entire state following one of the wettest st... Read more

  • Upton: Weather source of road problems, crop issues
    Posted in Committee Statements on June 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Upton: Weather source of road problems, crop issues Holland Sentinel June 19, 2019 HOLLAND — Michigan’s wet spring season has led to high water levels throughout the state. That wet weather has caused a number of different issues, according to Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph. Upton spoke to reporters following an event with the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce on Monday, June 17. Michigan’s often-changing climate, he said, has led to problems for road conditions, as well as farmers preparin... Read more

  • 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

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