Investing in Small Fruit Farmers
Agriculture is a vital, thriving part of Washington state’s economy. The First Congressional District has more than 4,000 farms that supply restaurants, markets and our local communities. That’s why I introduced legislation this week, along with Rep. Rick Larsen, to amend the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, providing $2.5 million annually to support research for berry and grape crops.
My bill gives Washington small fruit farmers the resources they need to develop and implement new methods to remain competitive and continue sustaining our local communities. Having specific funding for this program would help address the emerging needs for Washington state farmers. This small investment in our farmers will yield a plentiful bounty for the future.
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. I will continue working to ensure that our local farmers and food producers have a strong voice in Congress.As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on social media or signing up for my eNewsletter. If you need assistance dealing with a federal agency, such as the VA, IRS or Department of Education, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085.