Rep. Tom Reed Tours Family-Owned Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva;
Rep. Tom Reed visited Red Jacket Orchards Wednesday in Geneva to tour the juice production facility and orchards, and to discuss important federal issues facing the local business.
“This family-owned business is truly one of Upstate New York’s hidden gems,” Reed said. “The business is thriving in the Finger Lakes, growing by leaps and bounds, and we want to make sure they are able to continue growing.”
Reed talked with the Red Jacket Orchards team on a number of issues after the facility tour, including immigration reform. Reed stressed how important this process is in providing certainty for our farmers’ workforce.
“Immigration reform is a necessity for the agriculture industry and we heard that sentiment reinforced here at Red Jacket,” Reed said. “Our region’s agriculture industry needs a stable and reliable workforce in order to conduct their business and to provide affordable, local food for families – like the quality fresh fruit and juice the Nicholson family produces here at Red Jacket Orchards.”
Reed pointed to a long-term Farm Bill extension as another important issue for the industry, as the current farm programs expire on September 30, 2013.
“The current short-term extension does not go far enough to provide certainty for farmers and the agriculture business,” Reed continued. “Over the course of this year, I look forward to this issue being resolved and a long-term extension of the Farm Bill put in place by the deadline in September.”