Maloney Announces $250,000 USDA Investment for Fishkill Farms
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) today announced a $249,997 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development investment for Fishkill Farms in Dutchess County. The investment will allow Fishkill Farms to improve its marketing for new products. Rep. Maloney has served the Hudson Valley on the House Committee on Agriculture since being elected to Congress in 2013.
“Fishkill Farms is a staple in our community - Josh Morgenthau and his entire family help produce the food folks eat every day – all while boosting our local economy and creating good-paying jobs for people in our part of the world,” said Rep. Maloney. “I’m proud to announce this investment for a local landmark and I’ll keep working to make sure our local farmers have the support they need from the USDA.”
“Thanks to this award, Fishkill is going to keep doing what we love: getting new and fresh products to folks right here at home in the Hudson Valley, a community we’ve been proud to be a part of for decades” said Josh Morgenthau, Owner and Operator of Fishkill Farms. “We want to thank Congressman Maloney for his early and often support of Fishkill - and for helping secure this major investment.”
This Rural Development investment will be used to build brand recognition for Fishkill Farm’s Treasury Cider suite of hard cider products. The farm will increase on-farm cider sales with marketing materials, social media promotion, and greater use of Treasury Cider products in the farm's prepared food and retail offerings at the on-farm store, restaurant, and visitor center, a popular regional agritourism destination. Two new jobs will be created as a result of this investment.
Rep. Maloney secured a litany of key priorities for the Hudson Valley in the 2014 version of the Farm Bill, which received broad bipartisan support. In October 2017, Rep. Maloney met with his Agriculture Advisory Board to plan his priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. He also met with local hunger experts in February, 2018, as much of the Farm Bill focuses on the provision of nutrition assistance. In May of this year, he led the final effort by Democrats to make bipartisan improvements to the Farm Bill that would benefit Hudson Valley farmers and rural communities.