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Upton celebrates passage of bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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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 esta...

Upton: USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation provides vital assistance for farmers

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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 ...

Upton, lawmakers introduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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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 (...

Upton issues statement after USDA approves disaster designation for Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph counties

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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,...

Upton Leads Michigan Delegation’s Effort to Secure USDA Disaster Designation for Michigan’s Farmers

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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 av...

Upton: Weather source of road problems, crop issues

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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 o...

WWMT: Despite harsh winter, farmers hopeful for successful season

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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...

Upton Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Farm Bill

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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...

Upton Statement on Proposed Updates to H-2A Visa Program

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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 ...

ICYMI: Why a fix for DACA is imperative

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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 – w...

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