Citing Otsego County Family Farm, Rep. Antonio Delgado Urges Support for Rural Businesses at Committee Hearing

February 15, 2019
Press Release
During Small Business Committee hearing, Delgado discusses growth opportunities for small businesses in rural communities and the benefits a buy-in to Medicare could provide

WASHINGTON, DC – During a Small Business Committee hearing this week, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) highlighted challenges faced by rural small businesses seeking to expand their markets.

Watch Delgado’s hearing testimony here.

Delgado began his questions at the hearing sharing the experiences of a family-owned farm in Otsego County that delivers its products to Downstate and out-of-state customers. “The family founded the farm in 2010 with a vision to create a vibrant food system in Upstate New York…Members of the family take turns loading up their truck with fresh meat and driving up to five hours to meet their customers,” Delgado stated during the hearing. “This family-owned business is one of many in my district that has great products to offer, but faces challenges marketing those products to a broader market, and meeting the costs associated with expansion.”

Improving access to quality health care is a key priority for Delgado, and he supports a public option that could bring down costs and achieve universal health care coverage. During the hearing, Delgado asked witnesses about how a buy-in to Medicare could support small businesses. John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of the Small Business Majority, discussed how a buy-in could expand health care choices for small business owners who sometimes struggle to afford current options.

As a member of the Small Business Committee, Delgado has focused on key economic priorities for Upstate New York. During a Small Business Committee hearing last week, Delgado emphasized the importance of expanding rural broadband access so businesses can prosper in Upstate New York. Delgado also recently sat down with business owners in Otsego County and in Greene County to hear their priorities.