Kiggans participates in regional agriculture day on ESVA

April 25, 2024
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Evans Farms Congresswoman Jen Kiggans

On Monday, Congresswoman Jen Kiggans visited the Eastern Shore for a regional agriculture day. The events, led by the Virginia Farm Bureau, included a visit to Evans Farms, a roundtable at the Island House Restaurant & Marina, and a tour of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Eastern Shore Laboratory.

Congresswoman Kiggans began her day with a tour of Evans Farms, a recent winner of the Virginia Clean Water Farm Award. While there, she discussed agriculture best practices and current conservation programs with the owners. In addition, the Congresswoman heard about the continued increase in prices impacting the agricultural community. The Congresswoman participated in an agricultural roundtable focused on aquaculture, agriculture markets, and critical farming programs with local farmers and members of the Virginia Farm Bureau. She heard from constituents about the upcoming farm bill deadline and initiatives of importance to them! The trip concluded with a tour of the VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory facility and a briefing on how they serve the marine research community. They also included information about their investments in replenishing and growing a healthy ecosystem for the Eastern Shoreline and the Chesapeake Bay. Their world-class facilities and faculty allow them to be a leader in seafood and marine life research and development of best practices used around the United States and around the World!

“I am proud of the farmers of Virginia’s Second District and their ability to serve our community through farming and agriculture. Food security is national security and I remain focused on helping our agricultural community succeed,” said Congresswoman Kiggans. “I enjoyed the thoughtful conversations with our farmers and the opportunity to see the successes of Evans Farms and the VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory firsthand. Thank you to the Virginia Farm Bureau for putting together an important and educational day on the Eastern Shore…!”

Congresswoman Kiggans is a Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries. Additionally, she is a Co-Chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus.

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