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  • 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

  • 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

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