Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, recently paid a visit to the Upstate Niagara cultured products facility in West Seneca, N.Y. in honor of National Dairy Month.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Dairy Caucus, joined other members of Congress in asking Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to increase support prices to farmers.
“New York ranks third in the nation in dairy product production and in Western New York it represents a multimillion dollar industry. It is a challenging time for dairy farms in Erie and Chautauqua Counties and this support would provide some needed relief,” said Higgins.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced progress on efforts to provide relief to struggling dairy farmers in Western New York. Today the administration increased dairy support prices, a move requested by Congressman Higgins and other members of the House, which will increase dairy farmers’ revenue by $243 million nationwide.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Village of Springville has been awarded a $3 million low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for work to improve sewer infrastructure in the area.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve the 2010 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration Appropriations bill.
“The agriculture industry plays an essential role in Western New York’s economy with farms producing over $230 million in products sold annually,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “This bill supports programs that that invest in rural communities, protect the safety of our food and promote farming.”
Highlights of the $22.9 billion bill include:
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Congressman Higgins details the disturbing profit margin figures for Western New York gas retailers made available through the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). While industry sources indicate that it takes about 11 to 13 cents per gallon of gas to profitably operate a gas station, the current average national profit margin is 23.6 cents per gallon, attributable to what some in the industry call the “sticky down.” Disturbingly, when examining local profit margins Congressman Higgins’ office found local profits to be more than double