MOHAWK, N.Y. – Congressman Anthony Brindisi showed up to the annual Central New York Farm Progress Show on Friday to meet with his agricultural advisory committee and hold his September town hall meeting.
Brindisi’s advisory council is made up of dairy farmers, farm bureau members, apple producers, and others who help guide his work on the Agriculture Committee.
“I’ve traveled all across Upstate New York meeting with farmers, business owners, and workers, and I hear the same thing: we need a better trade deal for America,” Brindisi said.
Brindisi took questions on trade, consolidation in the agriculture marketplace, and health care. Brindisi also discussed the, Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade deal he is championing in Congress.
"That is something that I’ve been pushing to get adopted before the end of fall, so we can have this new trade agreement in place with our trading partners, Mexico and Canada. It would be very good for agriculture, good for our farmers, that's why they're supportive of it and that's why I support it," said Brindisi.
Farmers at the show say they're already feeling positive effects from this agreement, even though it hasn't been ratified yet.
The 44th annual Central New York Farm Progress Show is located at Len-Lo Farm on Robinson Road in Mohawk, N.Y.
Current and future farmers are invited to attend to learn about the latest farming trends. There will be more than 100 vendors as well as a 4H animal show, drone exhibitions, tractor pulls as well as food and entertainment throughout the weekend.
"[The] reason people come here is just to see the latest in agriculture equipment, the latest in garden tractors, the latest in feed dealers, the latest in insurance companies, we have something there for everybody," said Dick Presky, president of the annual show.
The farm show takes place Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.