Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
Headline: Maloney Announces Priorities for 2018 Farm Bill After Meeting with Agriculture Advisory Board, Hunger Experts
Priorities Report Details Policy Proposals Maloney Will Fight to Include in Bill
Newburgh, NY – After meeting with his Agriculture Advisory Board and local experts on the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released a report detailing his priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. Rep. Maloney hopes to build on his successes in the 2014 version of the bill, considered one of the best ever for Hudson Valley farmers.
“The Agriculture Committee is stacked with folks who represent big, Midwestern grain farms and that’s not what we have in the Hudson Valley – so if I’m not down there fighting for our farmers in the Black Dirt for instance, no one is,” said Rep. Maloney, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture. “It’s easy to just read some stuffy report put out by a Washington think tank, but the rubber hits the road on Hudson Valley farms, and my advisory board gives me the best ideas for what I can do down in Washington to help our farmers.”
Rep. Maloney worked alongside his Agriculture Advisory Board and local hunger experts to formulate the report. Rep. Maloney’s priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill include: improving the Crop Insurance program for diverse farms like those in the Hudson Valley; supporting specialty crop producers, which generate nearly $1.4 billion for New York’s economy every year; increasing access to credit for small family farms and new farmers through legislation like Rep. Maloney’s Young and Beginning Farmers Act; investing in agricultural research like efforts to combat the Allium Leafminer; protecting the SNAP program for low-income working families; expanding the distribution of locally-grown food by including legislation like Rep. Maloney’s Local FARMS Act; reducing regulations on farmers; protecting conservation programs; and fighting the opioid epidemic in rural communities through USDA rural development programs. The full report is available here.
Rep. Maloney worked to deliver on key priorities in the 2014 Farm Bill, including the first piece of legislation he wrote, the Creating Reliability for Our Producers (CROP) Act. The provision helps specialty crop producers protect their livelihoods from disasters by investing in the development of new and improved insurance plans for underserved crops like those found in the Hudson Valley. The legislation also invests in the development of whole farm insurance, designed to assist smaller, diversified farms like those in the Hudson Valley. It will also invest in the development of weather based plans that can help farmers manage their risks from weather-related events like flooding. The 2014 Farm Bill also ordered the Secretary of Agriculture to work with farmers in the Black Dirt Region, streamlined conservation programs, helped organic farmers, improved local food distribution, provided assistance to young farmers, and prioritized research on Lyme disease.