Tim is a strong advocate for Virginia’s farmers. Agriculture and forestry comprise the largest industry in the Commonwealth, contributing $91 billion to the economy and supporting more than 442,000 jobs. He supports a robust farm safety net, protecting our natural resources, and defending federal nutrition assistance that helps the neediest among us.
Tim was a major proponent of the most recent farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, which strengthened crop insurance, maintained the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program and other nutrition aid, advanced partnerships with farmers to reduce runoff in impaired watersheds like the Chesapeake Bay, expanded agricultural export markets, and bolstered local food networks to allow more businesses and consumers to buy from local farmers — all while saving $23 billion over the next decade. Tim has stood up for Virginia’s farmers throughout his time in the Senate, working on efforts to lift the unfair Chinese ban on Virginia poultry that has persisted on and off, and supporting reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which helps small and mid-sized Virginia farmers and agricultural exporters sell their goods abroad. Tim has raised serious concerns about President Trump’s actions that could threaten Virginia agricultural products and thousands of jobs. Tim has also worked to secure federal funding for agricultural research, so that top-flight institutions like Virginia Tech and Virginia State University can continue to develop new, effective methods of farming.
From his time as Governor, Tim has worked to defend the Chesapeake Bay, cornerstone of the Virginia economy, from tourism to recreation and seafood aquaculture. He has fought back against President Trump’s plans to slash Chesapeake Bay funding and introduced bipartisan legislation to direct more funds within the farm bill’s conservation title to top-priority watersheds like the Bay.