Congressman Chris Gibson, area leaders and other local agriculture representatives gathered at Kingston’s Winter Farmers Market Saturday to discuss the recent passage of the Farm Bill. Our Alexandra Weishaupt has more on how the new law will impact the Hudson Valley Region.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Locally grown veggies, fresh breads and area produce farmers and food distributors like Tracy Krawitt didn’t let the colder months stop their sales.
“Deep fried pickles, roasted artichoke hearts, roasted garlic,” said Spacey Tracy's Pickles Owner Tracy Krawitt.
Farmers are using the inside farmers market as a place for business during the winter; a venture that will soon see even more backing due to the Farm Bill. It's a bill that includes a host of provisions to promote and support regional farming systems, which Congressman Chris Gibson played a key role in drafting.
“We’ve tripled the amount of investment for promoting our farmers markets,” said Rep. Chris Gibson.
Provisions include rural broadband development, a safety net for dairy producers and expansion of promotional programs.
“It’s going to help our dairy farmers flourish and be profitable going forward. For our fruit and vegetable growers we’ve made enhanced investments for research,” said Gibson.
The bill aims to assist both sustaining farmers as well as first time farmers. Ensuring programs like the Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act continue helping those like Wes Hannah get on their feet.
“It gave us not only the business training but the networking opportunities and everything we needed to do to get to that next level,” said Wes Hannah of the National Young Farmers' Coalition.
The Farm Bill is all in an effort to give area farmers the ability to sustain and grow their operations.