Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) met with Unites States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and advocated for additional measures to be taken to support Michigan asparagus and specialty crops. On June 14th, Congressman Huizenga held a town hall style discussion
with asparagus growers, packers, and processors in Hart. At that meeting, Congressman Huizenga promised growers in Oceana County he would deliver their message to the Trump Administration and continue to advocate on behalf of Michigan farmers. Congressman Huizenga released the following statement after his conversation with Ambassador Lighthizer.
'We need to level the playing field so asparagus growers in Oceana County can compete fairly in the market,' said Congressman Bill Huizenga. 'My message to Ambassador Lighthizer was this: the USMCA has several provisions that benefit Michigan farmers and manufacturers, I believe taking additional measures to support specialty crops and asparagus will yield even greater results for farmers in Oceana County, West Michigan, and across the nation.'
Joining Congressman Huizenga on the bipartisan letter
, which was originally sent to the USTR on June 27th, were U.S. Representatives Paul Mitchell (MI-10), Fred Upton (MI-06), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Tim Walberg (MI-07), John Moolenaar (MI-04), and Jack Bergman (MI-01).