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Chuck Schumer's Public Statements on Issue: Agriculture and Food

Office: U.S. Senate (NY) - Sr, Democratic Minority Policy Committee Chair
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Aug. 20, 2015 Schumer: Craft Brewing Is On The Rise In Central NY, But Brewers Need Access To Locally Grown Malt Barley For Industry To Thrive; Local Farmers Hesitant To Grow Crop Due To Lack Of Fed Insurance -- Schumer pushes Feds To Establish Essential Crop Insurance For Central NY Malt Barley Farmers
July 22, 2015 Schumer: Average Price Of Eggs Up Nearly 40 Percent This Year & Could Keep Climbing Because Of Bird Flu Epidemic; Despite Crisis, Fed Budget Slashes -By $500M- USDA Efforts That Can Help Beat Back Bird Flu; As Grocery Bills Rise, Schumer LAunches Effort To Thwart Cuts
June 29, 2015 Schumer: Farmers Could Experience Economic Peril & Average Price Of Vegetables Could Rise, Unless Orelans County Farmers Get Much Needed Workers To Tend Crops; Schortage Of Workers Puts Farmers & Consumers In Jeopardy; Senator Urges Feds To Immediately Fix Backlog Of Workers Caused By June 9th Computer Glitch
June 25, 2015 Schumer Launches Push To Secure Major fed Funding For Cornell University To Develop New, Innovative Technologies That Could Grow Production And Revolutionize New York's Grape & Wine Industries
June 22, 2015 Schumer: Average Price Of Eggs Up Nearly 50 Percent & Will Keep Climbing Because Of Bird Flu Epidemic -- Yet Proposed Fed Budget Slashes USDA Efforts That Help Beat Back Bird Flu By $500M; As Grocery Bills Rise, Schumer Launches Effort To Thwart Cuts
May 21, 2015 Schumer: New York State's $52 Million Grape Crop At Undue Risk Due To Outdated Facility That Provides Critical Research To Local Grape Growers; Senator Launches Push To Replace USDA's Outdated Grape Research Lab In Geneva With New State-Of-The-Art Facility
May 6, 2015 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $5.5 Million In Federal Funding For Cornell University To Study & Improve Crop Sustainability
April 30, 2015 Schumer:New York State's $65 Million Potato Industry At Severe Risk From Invasive Species; Senator Launches Push To Replace Cornell University's Outdated Nematode Lab With New State-Of-The-Art Facility At The University
April 22, 2015 Schumer: With Turbulent Milk Prices, Upstate Dairy Farmers Are Getting Squeezed On All Sides, Including Large, Lump-Sum Milk Insurance Payments -- Schumer Urges USDA To Implement New Program To Ease Burden Of Cash-Strapped Dairy Farms
April 21, 2015 Schumer: For The First Time Ever, Greek Yogurt Will Be Available Nationwide In School Lunch Programs Through The USDA School Lunch Program; Senator Announces, Starting In Fall 2015, USDA Will Officially Expand Nationwide The Greek-Yogurt Pilot Program He Helped Launch
April 7, 2015 Schumer: Craft Brewing Is On The Rise In Dutchess County But Brewers Need Access To Locally-Grown Malt Barley For Industry To Thrive; Local Farmers Hesitant To Grow Crop Due To Lack Of Fed Insurance -- Schumer Launches Push To Establish Essential Crop Insurance For Dutchess County Malt Barley Farmers
April 1, 2015 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture Has Agreed To Purchase $9.6 Million In Surplus Concord Grape Juice To Stabilize Prices For Grape Growers In Upstate New York
March 31, 2015 Following Kick-Off Of Maple Tapping Season, Schumer Announces Push For Fed Funds To Support And Enhance The Growth Of The Untapped Potential Of NYS Maple Syrup Industry
March 30, 2015 Schumer: New Distilleries Are Playing A Major Role In Buffalo's Transformation & Positioning WNY As Center Of Distilling Boom, But They Do Not Have Access To The Malt Barley They Need Due To Risks Associated With Growing The Crop -- Schumer Launches Push To Establish Essential Crop Assurance For WNY Malt Barley Farmers
March 12, 2015 After Feds Give Green Light To Dangerous Powdered Alcohol - Palcohol - Schumer Introduces Legislation to Make Substance Illegal & Keep It From Hitting Store Shelves as Soon as This Summer
Feb. 24, 2015 Schumer Calls On USDA To Expedite Review & Approval Of New Wyoming County Business & Agriculture Center That Could Be Major Economic Development Hub For Warsaw Area - USDA Has Yet To Sign Off On Final Design Plans & Fed Delay Could Threaten Entire Construction Timeline; Schumer Says USDA Should Get Project Underway ASAP
Feb. 11, 2015 Schumer-Authored Bill That Would Be Major Boon For NY Apple Producers By Modernizing Definition Of Hard Apple Cider Has Cleared Key Senate Committee - Schumer Urges Full Senate Passage Of Bill That Would Lower Taxes On Product, Improve Ability To Compete In Foreign Markets, Increase Sales For Over 650 Apple Growers in NYS
Feb. 3, 2015 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $740,000 In USDA Funding To Support Beginning Farmers Program At Stone Barns In Westchester
Feb. 2, 2015 Schumer, Gillibrand: Two Ithaca Organizations Will Use $1.4M in Fed Funds to Bring More Farmers, Vets Into NYS Ag Careers
Jan. 27, 2015 Schumer Encourages Current or Prospective Announces First Major Webinar Feb 11th For Local Growers to Partner & Learn About Fed Assistance, Opportunities -- Schumer Vows to Continue Fighting For Fed Crop Insurance Growers Need to Increase Malt Barley Production Over Next Decade
Nov. 21, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins Urge USDA to Immediately Conduct Damage Assessment of Impact of Historic Snowstorm on WNY Farms
Nov. 21, 2014 Letter to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Immediately Conducting Damage Assessment of Impact of Historic Snowstorm on WNY Farms
Oct. 24, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $1.5 Million in US Dept of Agriculture Funds for Cornell University to Research & Address Integrated Pest Management
Oct. 21, 2014 Schumer Gillibrand and Owens announce $184K in USDA grants for Jefferson County business development
Oct. 3, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $5.6 Million in Federal US Department of Agriculture Funding for Specialty Crops Across New York State
Sept. 29, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce Onondaga Community College to Receive Nearly $2.5 Million in Federal Funds to Create Workforce Training Program
Sept. 25, 2014 Schumer Announces, After His Push, Feds Have Approved Krenzer-Supported Plan to Run New Power Lines Away from Family's Farm
Sept. 22, 2014 After Schumer Push, FDA Issues Revised "Spent Grain" Rule that Will No Longer Hurt New York's Craft Brewers and Family Farmers
Sept. 2, 2014 Schumer Announces New, Improved USDA Dairy Risk Management Program Critical for Upstate New York Dairy Farms Is Now Live
Aug. 21, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More than $80,000 in Value-Added Producer Grants for Two North Country Farms
Aug. 21, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $640,000 in Value-Added Producer Grants for Five Farms & Small Businesses in Rochester Finger Lakes Region
Aug. 20, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $50,000 Value-Added Producer Grant for Evans Farmhouse Creamery in Chenango County
Aug. 20, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $50,000 Value-Added Producer Grant for 5 Spoke Creamery in Orange County
Aug. 20, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Over $24,000 in Value-Added Producer Grant Funding for Farmiemarket Online in Albany County
Aug. 20, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand, Maffei Announce Nearly $500,000 in Value-Added Producer Grants for Three Farms in Central New York & Empire Brewery in Syracuse
Aug. 19, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $450,000 in USDA Value-Added Producer Grants for Niagara County
Aug. 18, 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More than $275,000 in USDA Rural Business Funding to Support Hudson Valley Businesses
July 22, 2014 Letter to Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture
July 22, 2014 Schumer Urges USDA to Award Economic Development Loan to Major Job-Creator in Orange County
June 25, 2014 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Federal Funding for New York Hops Farmers
June 25, 2014 Federal Funding Will Help Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC) Purchase Hops Processing Equipment and a Shared Hops Harvester to Benefit New York State Hops Farmers
May 27, 2014 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary US Department of Agriculture - Select Cornell to Develop Digital Tools That Will Assist Farmers in Making Crop Insurance Coverage Decisions
May 15, 2014 Farmers in Penn Yan, Yates County & Surrounding Counties Suffering Damage to Property from Severe Rain, Flash Flooding
May 13, 2014 Letter to Michael Froman, US Trade Representative, and Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Grape Exports
April 24, 2014 Schumer: FDA Will Revise Unwise Spent Grain Rule, Which Is Great News For New York Farmers & Craft Brewers
April 21, 2014 Schumer: We Are Trying to Keep Family Farms Alive & Grow Our Craft Brewing Industry -- But This Absurd Rule Would Hurt Them Both
April 18, 2014 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - USDA Must Grant A Disaster Declaration So Emergency Loans Are Available
April 18, 2014 Schumer: Lewis County Farmers Are Suffering as a Result of Massive Flooding, USDA Must Grant A Disaster Declaration So Emergency Loans Are Available
April 11, 2014 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Sens. King, Collins & Reps. Michaud, Pingree Fight USDA Plan to End Valuable Resource for Maine Farmers
April 11, 2014 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary US Department of Agriculture - Closing Local Farm Service Agency Offices
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