Updates North Jersey Farmers on COVID-19 Relief for Agriculture, Rural Investment, Supply Chain, Bipartisan Work for New COVID Stimulus
On October 21, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted a virtual agriculture roundtable with farmers across the Fifth District to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the North Jersey agricultural sector, ongoing work to ensure federal support for North Jersey’s agriculture, and action to protect farmers from a second wave of COVID-19.
“I’d like to thank everyone for joining me today for our roundtable today, so that I can connect with farmers all across North Jersey. Since early on in this crisis impacting North Jersey, one of my top priorities has been to make sure our farmers and agricultural businesses have the resources and supplies they need to stay healthy, safe, and economically supported. They are the backbone of our communities, by providing food on the table for so many of us,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “As we continue figuring out how long this pandemic may last, we are looking down the road, spotting obstacles, and working to make sure our farmers have the resources they need to respond to tariffs and shifts in demand and to ensure the food supply chain stays intact.”
Gottheimer was joined today by:
- New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher
- New Jersey Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Al Murray
- New Jersey Department of Agriculture Agricultural and Natural Resource Director Monique Purcell
- New Jersey District 24 Assemblyman and Owner of Space Farms, Parker Space
- New Jersey Farm Bureau President Ryck Suydam
- New Jersey Farm Bureau Executive Director Peter Furey
- New Jersey Farm Bureau Research Associate Liz Thompson
- Farmers from throughout the Fifth District
In Congress, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Gottheimer, recently unveiled their “March To Common Ground” framework to provide a bipartisan path forward for a new bipartisan COVID-19 relief package to help families, to help get another round of PPP to small businesses, and to help our states and local municipal governments. The framework included $25 billion for agriculture and aquaculture producers and processors.
Gottheimer is continuing to urge the negotiators to stay at the table to get a deal done.