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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Agriculture

Agriculture

Washington’s First Congressional District has a thriving agriculture industry that plays a key role in our local economy. Our district has some of the most fertile agricultural land in the Pacific Northwest and more than 3,000 farms that grow a large variety of fruits and vegetables. We are also home to a number of dairy farms.

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, I will continue to be a tireless advocate on behalf of our local farmers and food producers. I will fight for programs that support specialty (fruit and vegetable) and organic crops, cutting edge research, conservation of our forests, trade, and job-creating investments that ensure we have a vibrant local agricultural industry in western Washington.

I was honored to play a leading role, as the only Member of Congress from Washington state on the conference committee, in crafting the five-year Farm Bill . The 2014 Farm Bill included a number of reforms that will help reduce the deficit by more than $16 billion. It included unprecedented increases in funding for research and programs that support Washington state's specialty crop growers and organic farms, reauthorized important trade promotion programs that will help open up new markets for our farmers, and included critical funding for conservation and alternative energy programs.

The Farm Bill also included new dairy support programs that aid producers and protect consumers from wild swings in milk prices. As a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Dairy Caucus, I will continue to fight for dairy policy that supports producers across our state.

I also introduced a bipartisan resolution with support from Members of Congress around the country that emphasizes the importance of specialty crops. Specialty crops are a growing and increasingly significant part of agriculture, accounting for about half of the value of U.S. crop production in a given year, but they are not discussed nearly as much as some of the more traditional commodities.

The farmers and businesses in the agriculture industry look to Congress to create sound agriculture and food policy, and they deserve the clarity that will enable them to plan for the future. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I will continue to work to ensure that our local farmers and food producers have a strong voice in Congress.

More on Agriculture

Mar 7, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Pacific Northwest Members of Congress urged the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take proactive measures to prevent the heavy losses to agriculture businesses caused in 2014 and 2015 due to technical problems with the H-2A visa system. 
Feb 25, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced bipartisan legislation to require fish products purchased for federally subsidized school lunches be domestically harvested.
Feb 19, 2016 Press Release
WOODINVILLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited local small business, Locust Cider, to discuss the passage of tax relief for cideries. “Washington’s First District is home to some of the world’s best cideries and breweries. These growing industries are vital to our economy,” DelBene said. “This important tax relief will help provide more certainty for small cider brewers and will encourage economic growth not only in this industry, but with local farmers and manufacturers as well.”
Feb 9, 2016 eNewsletters
Dear Friend,In Congress, I’m working to help Washington’s families and businesses succeed. Instead of partisan bickering, I’m proposing innovative solutions that give us a solid return on our investments. Two years ago this week, as part of the bipartisan five-year Farm Bill, I secured $200 million for job-training pilot programs around the country similar to Washington’s Basic Food Employment & Training program.
Nov 2, 2015 eNewsletters
Oct 29, 2015 In The News
USDA has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SGI) to set up a so-called Center of Excellence designed to develop and disseminate best practices to help state job training centers find work for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP).
Oct 28, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today spoke on the House floor in recognition of October as National Farm to School Month:   “I rise to celebrate Farm to School Month. Having healthy food in our schools is crucial. We know that when students are provided with wholesome foods, they are more likely to pay attention in class and learn.
Oct 20, 2015 eNewsletters
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Oct 14, 2015 In The News
MOUNT VERNON — About 180 farmers and ranchers from throughout the state packed the auditorium at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Extension Center on Tuesday for a forum with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. DelBene and Vilsack answered questions from WSU president Dan Bernardo for a half hour, then took questions from the audience for 45 minutes.
Oct 14, 2015 Press Release
MOUNT VERNON – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today spoke with local farmers at Washington State University’s (WSU) Mount Vernon Research Center.

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