Updated 09/17/2012 05:12 PM
Reed discusses agricultural issues
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CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. --In order to get a better understanding of the agricultural issues facing the Southern Tier, Congressman Tom Reed met with some who face those issues every day.
The Congressman held a meeting Monday with his Agricultural Advisory Council, which includes those with backgrounds in dairy farming, specialty crops and wine making. Reed said one of the main issues is getting a long term Farm Bill put together in Washington for agricultural stability and he hopes to be able to provide support to farmers during this national drought.
Reed said, "That's where we have to come up with policies out of Washington, D.C. to try and take as much of the volatility out of the farm industry and try to mitigate it, stabilize it long-term."
Congressman Reed said he hopes to be able to provide that support as soon as possible due to the adverse effects the drought is having on crops in his district and nationwide. He's facing a challenge for re-election this November from Democrat Nate Shinagawa.