Vilsack touts ag labor reform bill in visit to New York

Rep. Delgado’s advisory committee discusses rural infrastructure, bolstering local food systems and needs of dairy farms.


Jacqui Fatka, National Hog Farmer

Jul 20, 2021


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., held meetings July 16 culminating in a roundtable discussion at SUNY-Cobleskill in Cobleskill, New York. Vilsack met with Delgado’s bipartisan NY-19 Agriculture Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from all 11 counties in New York’s 19th Congressional District. During the meeting, upstate farmers spoke directly with Vilsack about rural infrastructure, bolstering local food systems, supporting new farmers, and the needs of small dairy farms, including additional processing capacity and the need to address ag labor shortages.


“Secretary Vilsack heard directly from upstate farmers about much-needed infrastructure investment, farmworker demand, rural development and growing our dairy industry,” says Delgado. “I thank the Secretary, local leaders, and agriculture representatives for joining today's critical discussion and for their commitment to support important legislation and initiatives to help our upstate communities.”


Dr. Marion Terenzio, President, SUNY Cobleskill, says the organization was thrilled to host Vilsack, Delgado and members of the advisory committee to discuss the critical topics of rebuilding rural infrastructure, supporting new farmers, removing barriers to entry, and growing the dairy economy.


“SUNY Cobleskill remains at the forefront of these important discussions through our initiatives working with the regional and local community via The Institute for Rural Vitality and through our agricultural programming and education,” Terenzio says...