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Helping Farmers Thrive

"Vermont’s agrarian way of life has been central to the state’s identity since our founding. As family farmers face unprecedented challenges, it is vital to our economy, our landscape, and our culture that we help them succeed. I will continue to fight for struggling dairy farmers, nutrition programs that keep children healthy, local food production, and renewable energy innovations that bring new revenue to farms."

 

Spotlight on Farms

As a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, Rep. Welch has worked hard to help Vermont’s dairy farmers cope with wild swings in milk prices. Working with Senators Leahy and Sanders, he added a new dairy insurance program to the 2014 Farm Bill.  He has also fought to ensure dairy farmers get a fair shake in new trade agreements. And, he is leading a bipartisan effort in the House to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard which drives up feed prices.

Rep. Welch also secured provisions in the Farm Bill to boost other important segments of Vermont’s agricultural sector, including the maple industry, crop insurance for small farmers, and a program to encourage schools to serve local fresh fruits and vegetables.  

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More on Helping Farmers Thrive

November 8, 2017 In The News

“It’s a mess in Washington,” Congressman Peter Welch told a group of Champlain Valley specialty crop farmers who gathered in Middlebury last week to share their wish lists for the 2018 farm bill. But, despite the dysfunction in much of the nation’s capital,  the Vermont Democrat said there is still hope because there tends to be bipartisan support to “get a decent farm bill.”

Key to building that support, he said, is first gathering specific concerns and recommendations from constituents.

June 19, 2017 Press Release

RICHMOND, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch today convened a roundtable of young Vermont farmers and agricultural leaders to discuss the challenges facing young people interested in pursuing agricultural careers. Welch unveiled bipartisan legislation that would encourage young farmers to take over family farms and pursue careers in agriculture.

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by a bipartisan group of 67 House colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump advocating for swift action to ensure Canada upholds dairy trade agreements.  Last week, the President called out Canada’s dairy trade practices as unfair to U.S. dairy farmers.
 

April 17, 2017 In The News

MIDDLEBURY — Congressman Peter Welch arrived in Middlebury last Thursday ready to hear county dairy farmers’ ideas for improving the next farm bill — in particular ways to fix the current farm bill’s underperforming program to help the dairy farmers survive plunging milk prices.

But the price of milk and the Margin Protection Program’s failure to help Vermont’s dairies wasn’t at the top of anyone’s talking points.

March 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement today after reintroducing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act (H.R. 1315):

January 31, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Rep. David G. Valadao (R-CA) today introduced legislation in the House that requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take enforcement action against manufacturers labeling plant-based beverages as milk.
December 16, 2016 Press Release
Continuing his advocacy to protect Vermont’s dairy farmers as well as the consumers’ right to know, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by Mike Simpson (R-ID) and 23 other members of Congress, today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its legal authority to investigate and take action against the manufacturers of products they falsely claim to be milk.
December 16, 2016 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch is mounting a new campaign against the words soy milk, almond milk and rice milk. Impostors, he says.
April 13, 2016 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is seeking to change the dairy margin protection program to reflect the variation in feed prices across the country. The margin protection program insures the margin between what farmers pay for feed and the price they receive for their milk.
April 12, 2016 Press Release
Congressmen Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Joe Courtney (CT-2) introduced bipartisan legislation with original co-sponsor Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) to bring fairness to the federal system used to determine the price dairy farmers are paid for their milk.