Farming and ranching is the cornerstone of rural Colorado's economy, and it has always been an integral part of our way of life. The agriculture and food industry contributes over $40 billion annually to our state's econonmy. As Vice Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, I am committed to preserving the prosperity of American agriculture by ensuring our farms and ranches are both safe and productive. I support policies that provide job opportunities for rural America, affordable food for our citizens, and economic growth in our communities. I frequently hear the concerns of many family farmers and ranchers who are facing a mountain of new regultions. We all understand that some federal regulation plays a role in keeping our country safe; however, one-size-fits-all, excessive regulation is unnecessarily harmful to rural communities. Providing greater regulatory relief -- especially from legislation or agency rules that are duplicatve and bring no added environmental or food safety protection -- will enable agricultural communities to flourish and help get the nation back on the path to prosperity.
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has approved a request to designate Delta and Mesa Counties as natural disaster areas.
Over the past several weeks, many of us have noticed some of our favorite foods missing or in short supply at grocery stores and have even seen signs posted limiting the number of certain items customers may purchase. In most cases, food shortages are not due to a lack of supply, but rather a result of over shopping and other disruptions to the supply chain such as the case at processing facilities where illness among employees and inspectors has caused closures and delays. Because of these factors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers and ranchers have been greatly impacted.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) are requesting that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) take action to give more meat and poultry producers direct access to the commercial market. Under federal law, meat and poultry can only be sold on the national commercial market if it is processed at a USDA-regulated facility.
Washington– Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) and U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to quickly approve the request by Colorado Governor Jared Polis for a Secretarial Disaster Declaration for Colorado’s Western Slope counties impacted by the major freeze event on April 13.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) announced its additional funding distribution for the remainder of the fiscal year, which included $28 million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) Project. Representatives Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Ken Buck (CO-04) have been longtime supporters of AVC and praised the announcement.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, President Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) signaling a boost for Colorado workers. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement after the president signed the trade agreement:
Today, Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the improved definition for "waters of the United States" with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule:
Last month, on the morning of a U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Farm Workers Modernization Act of 2019, the president of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association called on Colorado’s congressional representatives to fix a “crippling labor crisis” among agricultural operations in the state by supporting the bill.
WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after more than a year since leaders of the three countries signed the deal. USMCA required implementing legislation to become law. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) supported the measure and released the following statement:
WASHINGTON— Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $2.7 million grant award to a broadband infrastructure project in western Colorado that will create or improve broadband connectivity for over 528 households in Colorado and Utah. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement after the announcement: