Suffolk County’s Agricultural Industry
I will always advocate for proposals to support the Suffolk County agriculture industry and I’ll do all that I can to help ensure its continued success. This includes fighting to increase research and development in the areas of soil health, carbon sequestration, and improving water quality, not only to improve LI’s fragile environment, but to create good-paying jobs in the process.
The farmers of Suffolk cannot and should not be forgotten as we seek to support those whose livelihoods were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I will work to make sure farmers in Suffolk County who have lost direct markets and income receive their fair share of any relief provided by USDA. To help ensure farmers get the resources and assistance they need, we must bring together the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and local stakeholders. I am a strong advocate for the USDA to make more relief available to our farmers and this can be done by reexamining the eligibility rules of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and lifting its payment cap.
And we must recognize that Agriculture is not only traditional farming, but it also includes horticulture, nursery crops, floriculture, non-specialty crops, wool, livestock, dairy, aquaculture and hemp.
I will fight to protect our farmers and that starts by ensuring the 2020 Farm Bill works for all farmers, especially new farmers and small to mid-size farms. I will always advocate for policies that support Suffolk’s farming industry and guarantee access to their fresh, high-quality products.