Underwood Works to Ensure Farmers Maintain Access to Crucial Information

June 20, 2019
Press Release
Legislation would prevent federal agencies from removing existing information on climate change

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of her legislation which prevents federal money from being spent on censoring existing public information about climate change. In the past two years, other federal agencies have removed or obscured valuable scientific resources, and we must ensure our farming communities do not lose access to information specific to agriculture. In her remarks, Underwood stated that deleting existing references to climate change from U.S. Department of Agriculture publications would hurt farming communities by denying them access to valuable information that they rely on to make important business decisions.

As of this week in Illinois, more than one in every ten acres which would normally be fully planted with corn are bare, and concerns over early frosts and more extreme weather pose serious immediate and future challenges to farmers. Protecting access to publicly available information ensures that farmers are better equipped to overcome these challenges and can keep farming for generations to come.

“We have the best farmers in the world, but right now, they are facing real challenges to their businesses and their way of life caused by long-term patterns in weather variation, leading to worse seasonal extremes,” said Underwood. “We can and must make sure that our farmers are equipped with the best information to be successful, because their success not only affects our community’s economy—but a secure food supply depends on it.”

Underwood’s remarks can be found here.