Uplifting Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry
I advocated for proposals to support Connecticut’s agriculture industry and to help ensure their continued success through the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, I:
- Worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and local stakeholders to get more dairy farmers enrolled in Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC).
- Supported the opening of additional international markets to more American dairy products as part of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
- Cosponsored legislation to expand the existing USDA Milk Donation program to help get milk into the hands of the food insecure in the wake of COVID-19. The legislation authorizes USDA to act as a matchmaker between dairy producers with excess supply of milk and food banks that can distribute that milk to those in need. It also authorizes an additional $4 million a year for this important program.
- Advocated for specialty crops to help ensure farmers get the resources and assistance they need during the COVID-19 pandemic and to make sure farmers who have lost direct markets and income receive their fair share of any relief provided by USDA.
- Requested that USDA make more relief available for farmers by lifting the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payment cap.
I will continue to advocate for policies that support farmers and give more of my constituents access to fresh, quality products.