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  • Reed Meets with Farmers, Farm Bureau Board Members at Dairy Farm
    Posted in Press Releases on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    Tom Reed and Rodney Weaver of Rural Generation and Wind Inc. examine the newly installed solar panels at Robin and Tom Degenfelder’s Pine Villa Farm in Cattaraugus. Tom Reed met with a group of the district’s farmers Wednesday to get an update from them on this year’s Farm Bill impact and how pending legislation in Washington may affect their operations and ability to pass their farm on to the next generation of farmers. The group met at Pine Villa Farm, a Cattaraugus farm specializing in dairy... Read more

  • Reed: Increased Food Bank Support Helps Care for Families, Neighbors
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    The recently passed Farm Bill includes a $205 million increase for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), an important program Rep. Tom Reed is pleased to see increased support for in the final Farm Bill expected to be signed into law this week. Reed says the funding will help distribute food to local food banks, pantries and meal programs in New York. “Feeding the hungry is one of the ways in which we care for our neighbors, and it is encouraging to see increased assistance for local fo... Read more

  • Reed Supports Increase in Research Initiative Funding in Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    In supporting the five-year Farm Bill, Reed worked to strengthen programs he heard from area farmers as priorities of the district. Reed made a push during the Conference Committee negotiations to make improvements to and further develop the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a program proven successful in enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops. Program funding in the Farm Bill is increased by $5 million from the previous authorization. “We fought hard to expand support for this progr... Read more

  • Reed Works with USDA, Local Grape Growers to Deliver Grape Juice Purchase
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed praised the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase $11.5 million dollars worth of Concord grape juice. Reed weighed in heavily with the USDA Agriculture Secretary leading up to the decision requesting that they make the bonus purchase to stabilize the Concord market after the bumper crop of 2013. Reed led a letter with fellow New York Reps. Richard Hanna, Brian Higgins and Bill Owens to Secretary Vilsack encouraging the USDA to implement the bonus buy in ... Read more

  • Reed Works with USDA, Local Grape Growers to Deliver Grape Juice Purchase
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed praised the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase $11.5 million dollars worth of Concord grape juice. Reed weighed in heavily with the USDA Agriculture Secretary leading up to the decision requesting that they make the bonus purchase to stabilize the Concord market after the bumper crop of 2013. Reed led a letter with fellow New York Reps. Richard Hanna, Brian Higgins and Bill Owens to Secretary Vilsack encouraging the USDA to implement the bonus buy in ... Read more

  • Reed Works with USDA, Local Grape Growers to Deliver Grape Juice Purchase
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed praised the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase $11.5 million dollars worth of Concord grape juice. Reed weighed in heavily with the USDA Agriculture Secretary leading up to the decision requesting that they make the bonus purchase to stabilize the Concord market after the bumper crop of 2013. Reed led a letter with fellow New York Reps. Richard Hanna, Brian Higgins and Bill Owens to Secretary Vilsack encouraging the USDA to implement the bonus buy in ... Read more

  • Reed Language to Improve Snap Included in House-Passed Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    The five year Farm Bill passed in the House Wednesday includes Rep. Tom Reed’s provision to standardize the exchange of data between assistance programs, including SNAP, in order to improve program efficiency and protect taxpayers from waste, fraud and abuse within programs. “Taxpayers want and deserve to know that their government is making progress to streamline and improve assistance programs, helping eligible Americans receive the assistance they need while ensuring those who are not eligibl... Read more

  • Reed Announces Passage of Five Year Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed voted Wednesday in support of a long-term, five-year Farm Bill to reauthorize farm programs supporting agriculture in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. The bill passed the House Wednesday with strong bipartisan support. “Thanks in no small part to the input from local farmers and the hard work of the committee, I am very pleased to announce Congress came to a bipartisan agreement that cares for the needs of our farmers – the backbone of our economy,” Reed said. “Passage of a ... Read more

  • Reed Leads House Effort to Protect Against Agriculture Tariffs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed led a bipartisan letter to the Farm Bill Conference Committee Friday urging the conference committee to modify a Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule to avoid retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. Reed led the bipartisan letter with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) with the support of 23 bipartisan Members of Congress. “New York agriculture could face steep retaliatory tariffs if this regulation is not amended,” Reed said. “The list of targeted products threatened by increased tariffs i... Read more

  • Reed Updates on Farm Bill Progress
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Tom Reed today said the conference committee completing work on the Farm Bill continues to close gaps between the House and Senate-passed bills and is nearing a resolution. “What’s important is that the Farm Bill talks continue and a fair resolution is agreed upon that meets the needs of farmers,” Congressman Reed said. “As the conference committee continues its work, my hope is that the committee keeps the big-picture in mind: a long-term, five-year Farm Bill that gives farmers the ... Read more