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  • ICYMI: Faso, GOP Members of NY Delegation Send Letter on NAFTA Dairy Policy to U.S. Trade Rep. Lighthizer
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) and Republican members of the NY Congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer highlighting the dairy trading disparity between the United States and Canada. Canada’s unfair Class 7 pricing program and tariffs on U.S. dairy products have caused severe pain to Upstate dairy farmers and the broader nationwide industry. The letter specifically asks Trade Representative Lighthizer to prioritize dairy conc... Read more

  • Faso Priorities Included in 2018 Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today highlighted the release of legislative text for H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, commonly known as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is an all-encompassing legislative proposal that guides the nation’s agriculture policies for the next five years. The current proposal has been developed over the past fifteen months by members on both sides of the aisle on the Agriculture Committee. “I am pleased that the Farm Bill introduced today... Read more

  • Faso Highlights New USDA Rule Allowing Flavored Milk in Schools
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook), today, highlighted the upcoming implementation date of a rule published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service that will give schools flexibility in menu planning by allowing for flavored, low-fat milk to be served to students. Dairy product consumption is linked to improved bone health and is especially important during childhood and adolescence, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Schools will not need to seek a waiver to off... Read more

  • Faso Highlights Changes to MPP-Dairy Program, Announces Reopening of Enrollment Period
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) applauded the reopening of enrollment for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The MPP program recently underwent changes as authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The enrollment period will run from April 9, 2018 to June 1, 2018. Dairy producers should contact one of Congressman Faso’s offices with any questions. “Dairy farmers are in the midst of a prolonged e... Read more

  • ‘Faso Farm Bill’ Highlights Priorities for the Upcoming Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington D.C. – Representative John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today released a list of priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill. The list of priorities touches on several different issue areas that coincide with areas Representative Faso has been working on since January 2017. The farm economy is facing increasingly difficult headwinds. The upcoming Farm Bill is critical for the Upstate agriculture community as trade barriers in Canada, slowing demand, and the margin protection program have not done ou... Read more

  • Faso’s Efforts Lead to Victory for NY Dairy Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Education

    Washington DC – Today, Congressman John Faso applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to give schools increased flexibility in offering low-fat flavored milk as part of National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. “This is great news for our schoolchildren and our dairy farmers here in New York,” said Faso. “Low-fat milk, including flavored milk, is an important part of a child’s diet and we should do what we can to promote consumption of this nutritious option. I applaud Secreta... Read more

  • Faso Farm Listening Tour Continues in Ulster County
    Posted in Press Releases on October 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Kinderhook, NY - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) yesterday held another event in his Farm Listening Tour at Kelder's Farm in Kerhonkson. In the lively discussion with local farmers and agribusiness owners, participants posed questions about the Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill as well as other legislative initiatives affecting their families and businesses. New York 19 Farming Statistics: Number of Farm Operators 8,666 Number of Farms 5,314 Land in Farms 957,846 acres Average Size of Farm 180 acr... Read more

  • Faso Meets with Local Farmers in Millerton
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) yesterday took part in a Farm Bill listening session at McEnroe Organic Farm and Farm Store in Millerton. Rep. Faso has been traveling across the 19th District all week taking similar meetings with local farmers in an effort to get their input on the upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill - critical legislation to farmers and agribusiness owners across Upstate and the nation. Read more

  • Faso Introduces Bill to Crack-Down on Fake Organics, Support Organic Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    “Fraudulent ‘organic’ grain and feed originating overseas is not only deceptive to consumers, but it artificially drives down the price of real organics, hurting legitimate organic farmers in Upstate New York and across the country. I am proud to introduce the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act alongside Congresswoman Lujan Grisham as it will crack down on these fake organics. This is commonsense legislation that puts American consumers and farmers first.” Read more

  • Reps. Faso and Kuster Introduce Bipartisan Veteran Farmers Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs, Veterans

    Kinderhook, NY – Congressman John Faso (NY-19) and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) today introduced bipartisan legislation called the Veterans and Beginning Farmers Assistance Act, which reauthorizes the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas program (ATTRA). “The average age of a farmer is almost 60 years old while the post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate is at more than 4.5%.” said Congressman Faso. “This commonsense piece of legislation addresses these two problems and ensures ... Read more

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