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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

Jun 4, 2013 In The News
MOUNT VERNON — Local farmers and agricultural advocates largely supported the newest versions of the 2013 farm bill on Wednesday at a round-table discussion with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene.Read the full article HERE.
May 31, 2013 In The News
LYNDEN, Wash. – Representative Suzan DelBene says it is crucial that Congress pass a farm bill.She will be visiting Lynden Friday to meet with local farmers and businesses for a round table discussion. Read the full story HERE.
May 16, 2013 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene released the following statement following the House Committee on Agriculture’s passage of the Farm Bill:
Apr 25, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene today introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting specialty crops, highlighting the vital role they play in America’s agricultural industry and calling for the inclusion of specialty crop programs in a new farm bill.
Mar 28, 2013 In The News
Since the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center was built in 1947, local farmers have relied on it to provide methods of controlling disease, research into new markets and ways to improve crop quality and yields. On a tour through the center Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., looked in on some of the agricultural research carried out there and heard the plight of researchers, industry professionals and local farmers anxious for funding to return.
Jan 4, 2013 Press Release
With new committee assignment, DelBene will play major role in crafting a long-term farm bill and policies to strengthen Washington state’s agricultural economy

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