Our nation has long been sustained by the hard work and spirit of its farmers. Delaware, in particular, has a long history as an agricultural state, and the quality of our produce, poultry, and grain products is well known both regionally and globally. Agriculture contributes nearly $8 billion a year to Delaware's economy and accounts for 30,000 jobs in the state. From Sussex County’s vibrant poultry industry to fresh bananas shipped through the Port of Wilmington, Delaware plays a vital role in feeding America’s families.
Senator Coons’ agriculture priorities include:
Supporting agricultural policy and programs. Senator Coons believes we need a comprehensive approach to agriculture policy. He advocates for a farm bill that supports Delaware’s farmers and poultry growers by strengthening crop insurance and investing in conservation and rural energy programs that help farmers produce sustainably. Senator Coons is proud to support 4-H and FFA, which play a critical role in agricultural education and youth development. He is also a leading advocate for the research, development, and deployment of advanced biofuels.
Fighting for Delaware poultry. Senator Coons is working hard to support the poultry industry in Delaware. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Coons is committed to expanding and opening new global export markets for Delaware’s agricultural products. Senator Coons worked hard with his Republican colleague, Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia, to remove longstanding barriers to U.S. poultry imports in South Africa and allow for imports of Delaware poultry. Through his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Coons fights for funding for avian health programs that prevent and control the spread of diseases, including avian influenza. Senator Coons, co-chair of the Senate Chicken Caucus, is always looking for new ways to support Delaware’s poultry industry.