I believe that our country’s agricultural policy should reflect a commitment to effective food production, responsible farming, and the health and welfare of our community. A healthy agriculture industry means that Americans do not go hungry, and that our agricultural system has the resources and structural organization to meet the growing needs of our country.
Approximately 350,000 people are employed by the farming sector, making it one of the largest commercial industries in our state. Maryland farmers, especially in Western Maryland, are important suppliers of poultry, dairy, livestock, corn and wheat to our nation’s food systems helping to feed our country and contributing to the economic growth of our communities. I support policies that help create a fair and effective playing field for Maryland farmers and will continue to advocate for a common sense approach to food production.
I understand the importance of consistency and certainty in our nation’s agricultural policy. At meetings across the district with farmers I’ve learned how important it is for Congress to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill that provides guidance and certainty for producers. A five year Farm Bill that reforms federal farm policies and gives producers the certainty they need to plan for the future is best for the country. I will continue to work alongside my Congressional colleagues to make sure a comprehensive Farm Bill is passed prior to the expiration of the current Farm Bill.
Our agricultural policy should also maintain effective food and nutritional programs, so that no American will go hungry. I strongly support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is one of our country’s most critical anti-hunger programs, helping more than 47 million Americans meet their basic food needs. At a time when more than 50 million Americans face the threat of food insecurity, it is more important than ever that we ensure critical programs like SNAP are properly funded and efficiently delivered.
As the 113th Congress moves forward, I will continue to advocate for an agricultural policy that is fair to farmers, respectful of the environment, and helpful to those most in need.
More on Agriculture
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives considered H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 – more commonly known as the Farm Bill. While the Farm Bill has been traditionally drafted on a bipartisan basis to serve as the primary agricultural and food policy tool for the federal government, this year, it has been hyper-partisan. For the first time in 46 years, the Farm Bill passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture without bipartisan support. Congressman John K. Delaney opposed the bill, which failed by a 198-213 vote.
TUSCARORA – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has been named a Friend of the Farm Bureau for his work in support of agriculture in Maryland’s Sixth District. Delaney received the award from Chuck Fry, President of the Maryland Farm Bureau on Mr. Fry’s farm in Tuscarora, Maryland. Also attending the event was Sam Roop, Board Member Frederick County Farm Bureau. After receiving the award, Delaney joined local farmers at the Rocky Point Creamery.
BOONSBORO – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) convened an agriculture panel Friday in Boonsboro at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The panel included Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, and Senate Finance Chair Thomas “Mac” Middleton. The event was the third agriculture panel held by Congressman Delaney since taking office, following earlier events in Smithsburg and Cumberland. Over 40 farmers from the area attended the discussion.
WASHINGTON – The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced a $99,998 Small Business Innovation Research Program grant to Industry Vision Automation Corporation (IVA) of Gaithersburg for development of new strawberry processing technology. According to IVA, the project will deliver more efficient food processing systems that improve worker and food safety and enhance the quality of agricultural products.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement on National Agriculture Day:
WASHINGTON – Today the Senate passed a five-year Farm Bill. Last week, the House passed the same measure 251 to 166. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the measure in the House, one of two members of the Maryland House delegation to do so.
Congressman Delaney releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Today the House passed a five year farm bill by a 251 to 166 vote. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the measure.
Delaney releases the following statement:
Here is the tentative legislative calendar for the week of January 27: the House will be in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
This week the House will receive the President in a joint session of Congress for a State of the Union address. To share your views on what the President should focus on in the State of the Union, click here.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed an emergency extension of the farm bill by voice vote. The bill extends the current farm bill through January 31st, as a means to allow further deliberations on a conference version of the House and Senate bills. Sunday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) authored an op-ed in the Frederick News-Post calling for a full five year farm bill.
On December 8, Congressman Delaney authored an op-ed in the Frederick News-Post on the farm bill and its impact on Maryland agriculture.
You can read the op-ed online or here: