NORWICH, N.Y. – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney says support for the agriculture sector is a major focus of her efforts to revitalize the economy in the 22nd District.

Tenney recently held an agriculture roundtable with local farmers and other ag leaders at the Chenango County Historical Society in Norwich.

The meeting was held in the society’s historic Loomis Barn which is full of farming antiques and artifacts.

Tenney says that like many other industries, agriculture is struggling with labor shortages.

That’s why she’s supporting an expansion of immigrant guest worker programs.

“Not just a seasonal program but into a year-round program so that dairy farmers could also access some of this labor that they would provide. Obviously they would follow all of the rules, they would make them legal immigrants, they would pay for their healthcare, pay for their transportation and they would then move back to their country, usually they’re from the Caribbean,” said Tenney.

Tenney says other major concerns include crop insurance and subsidies as well as milk prices.

She’s called on the federal government to address protectionist practices by the Canadian government that unfairly benefit dairy farmers in that country.

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