Jamestown, New York -- On a visit to Jamestown, Chautauqua County, U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) called for swift action in Washington, DC to pass the stalled Farm Bill. Joined by State Senator Cathy Young (SD-57), Assemblyman Andy Goodell (AD-150) and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, Farley toured Mid-Knight Dairy with owners John and Laura Knight.
“News out of Washington that action on the Farm Bill won’t happen until after the November elections is entirely unacceptable. New York’s dairy farmers are in crisis now, with more going out of business every day,” said Farley.
The Farm Bill that expired last week is actually two years overdue, with lawmakers failing to pass the legislation in 2012 and 2013.
Farley continued, “Reauthorization of the Farm Bill is two years overdue and while farmers struggle here in New York, our Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, is busy campaigning in Georgia and around the country.” While there was good news last week as Canada agreed to end its so-called “Class 7” trade quotas and tariffs with the US as part of an agreement to modernize NAFTA, more help is needed now. Dairy prices have been on a long decline and the impacts of the new trade agreement won’t be felt immediately.
Concluded Farley, “Now that the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings are over, Congress needs to get back to work and should not adjourn without reauthorizing the Farm Bill. We need the same kind of energy and passion directed to saving New York’s dairy farms as we’ve seen the past few weeks.”