ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT SENDS REQUEST TO USDA TO HELP LOCAL FARMS
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) has sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting modification of eligibility for the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program so more local farms can take advantage of the vital program.
This program which is providing direct payments to small farmers to assist with ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacts has excluded certain farms in need of assistance including Hudson Valley goat farms and other speciality products.
Schmitt was alerted to the issue by local impacted Cornwall Farm, Edgewick Farms.
Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Our local small farms are in need of this vital assistance program. The USDA initial eligibility rules do not include small farms in our area such as goat farms and other speciality products. These farms will benefit immensely from modification of the eligibility rules and I urge the USDA to do so in an expedited manner.”
Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!