Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., hosted an agriculture roundtable with members of AgChoice Farm Credit and local farmers at the Sugar Valley Produce Auction to discuss current issues facing the agriculture industry during COVID-19.
Attendees included: Raechel Sattazahn, AgChoice Knowledge Center Director; Nathan Jarrett, AgChoice Loan Officer; Andy McCarty, AgChoice Crop Insurance Specialist; Charles Ulmer, AgChoice board member; and local farmers Scott Moore, Don Dunkle, and Jacob Dunkle.
Attendees shared their personal experiences of life on the farm and how the pandemic has impacted their businesses.
Congressman Keller and the group agreed that additional, targeted relief for the agriculture industry would help farmers access the resources they need to sustain their families and livelihoods.
“I always appreciate hearing directly from our farmers because it allows us to better understand what resources they need to more effectively do their job,” Congressman Keller said. “Agriculture has long been an integral part of our community and as we emerge from this pandemic, our farmers will undoubtedly be front and center for our economic recovery.”
Earlier this year, Congressman Keller supported H.R. 266, the Payment Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a bill that ensured the agriculture community got the help they needed to remain open.