Today, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) joined local agriculture leaders to tour several wineries and farms in Niagara and Orleans counties including Silsby Settlement Farm, Harris Farm, Leonard Oakes Estates, Chaffee Farm, and Marjim Manor. Hochul discussed the urgent need for a Farm Bill, as well as concerns about crop insurance and labor shortages.
"Farms and wineries make up a major component of the Niagara region's economy, and their importance demands the certainty a five year Farm Bill will provide," said Rep. Hochul. "Today's meetings with local agricultural leaders reinforced the need to address issues like crop insurance, labor concerns, and burdensome regulations. It's time Congress stop playing politics and vote to strengthen and support farmers in Western New York and across the country. I will continue to urge House leadership to hold a vote on this crucial legislation."
Recently, Rep. Hochul sent a bipartisan letter to House leadership urging a vote on a five year Farm Bill.
In June, Hochul held a roundtable with wine industry stakeholders to discuss efforts to bolster the Niagara region's wine production and economic growth in the industry, including legislation to support regional tourism.
Hochul's legislation, the National Treasure Promotion and Investment Act, prioritizes the processing of tourist visa applications for visitors to National Parks and National Heritage Areas. The bill also makes competitive grants available for transportation infrastructure in communities hosting national treasures like Niagara Falls, the Erie Canalway and the Niagara wine trail. As Niagara County is home to two National Heritage areas, the bill would benefit the region by facilitating international travel to local landmarks and increasing funding available for local infrastructure upgrades.
With nearly 3,500 farms with an annual output of over $739 million in the 26th District alone, agriculture is an essential part of Western New York's economy and a key component of Hochul's REBUILD Plan.