(Washington, DC) – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met today with members of New York ’s farming community to discuss legislative priorities for the Farm Bill reauthorization this year. During the meeting with representatives from across the state, Senator Clinton stressed the need for a strong set of farm policies to ensure the future of agriculture in New York and throughout the country.
“The Farm Bill reauthorization provides an incredible opportunity to fight for farmers, rural communities and agricultural industry. It is my hope that the innovative ideas and initiatives we discussed will be included in this year’s Farm Bill reauthorization to create a stronger safety net for farmers, a bigger conservation agenda, a greater emphasis on renewable energy, and better opportunities for the next generation of farmers to begin a career in agriculture or continue the family farm or operation. I will continue to stand behind the growers and producers in New York and across the country,” said Senator Clinton.
The meeting covered some of Senator Clinton’s priorities for the upcoming reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which include fully funding the Conservation Security Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), which reward farmers for taking good care of their farmlands; inclusion of Farm to Fork, a program which Senator Clinton created, to efficiently link fresh and healthy foods from local farms to urban markets; decreasing our dependency on foreign energy by improving the ability of farmers to provide more domestic energy through technologies such as biofuels, wind, solar and anaerobic digesters; and providing incentives for people to stay in or return to rural regions through the Rural Investment to Strengthen our Economy Act (Rural RISE Act). In addition to the Farm Bill, the farmers advocated for guest worker legislation for agriculture labor titled the Agriculture Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act (AgJOBS Act). Senator Clinton has co-sponsored this legislation and continues to support it as a priority.