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California’s central coast is home to a bountiful and beautiful agriculture industry. Our district alone produces over 100 different kinds of specialty crops, earning us the title of the “Salad Bowl of the World.”

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I look forward to advocating on behalf of the growers, shippers, and farm workers of the Central Coast who help contribute to this $5 billion economic engine.  My appointment to the Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research subcommittee will allow me to ensure that producers, both conventional and organic, are supported by investments in plant breeding, pest management, and resource conservation. Our U.S. Department of Agriculture research station in Salinas is critical to this mission, working to develop solutions for the unique challenges faced by specialty crop producers, organic growers, and rural communities.

I also look forward to working on the Nutrition subcommittee to help expand access to the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in our district. The programs under this subcommittee’s jurisdiction are expansive, ranging from the meals our children eat at school to the availability of farmers markets in our communities.  With so much agriculture production in our district, I want to ensure than the products we grow are accessible by all.

Although the Agriculture Committee does not handle immigration reform, I realize that our nation’s immigration policy greatly affects our agriculture, especially on the Central Coast. That is why I advocate for bipartisan immigration reform every chance possible. Despite the rhetoric and Executive Orders coming out of the Administration, I will work with my Democratic and Republican colleagues, especially those on the Agriculture Committee, to craft an effective farm labor solution that provides certainty for both our growers and farmworkers.

As the Agriculture Committee negotiates the next farm bill, I am excited by the opportunity to advocate for the growers, shippers, farmworkers, and consumers of our district. When our rural communities thrive, we all benefit.



More on Agriculture

May 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement on the Farm Bill vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

May 9, 2018 In The News
Western lawmakers sent a letter to Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing concern about the Chinese tariffs' effects on agriculture.
May 7, 2018 Page

A bipartisan group of California members sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to express strong concerns about the implications retaliatory tariffs on the Chinese could have on California agriculture.  We will continue to work in a bipartisan effort to protect international markets for our producers. 



May 7, 2018 In The News

Eight California congressional representatives sent a bipartisan letter to the Trump administration Monday urging a second look at imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

April 24, 2018 In The News

Four years ago, the Republican-dominated House okayed spending millions on experimental programs to aid low-income Americans in finding work and no longer depending on the nation's food aid program.

It promised to evaluate whether the experiment was a success in 2019, and so far, there are indicators the programs have had positive effects.

April 19, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement after the mark-up of the 2018 Farm Bill. Ahead of the expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill on September 30th, 2018, the House Agriculture Committee is working to reauthorize the legislation focused on farm policy, rural development, agriculture research, and federal nutrition programs.

April 12, 2018 In The News

GONZALES — Congressman Jimmy Panetta visited Gonzales High School for a roundtable discussion with students about their Wings of Knowledge project working with local farms to gather data about water consumption in crops April 2.

Panetta sat down with a group of 12 Gonzales High School students to speak about a project the students are working on with Vahid Motazedin.

April 2, 2018 In The News

Gonzales >> The Gonzales High School campus was empty on Monday afternoon as students were on a much needed spring break just before the end of the school year.

But that didn’t stop a group of students in the Wings of Knowledge program from hosting Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, to discuss an idea that could benefit farmers and forecasters in the near future.

The students showed off a new weather station project they’ve been working on in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

March 29, 2018 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta represents California’s Central Coast, the diverse region covering all of Monterey and San Benito Counties and southern portions of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. California’s Central Coast is the epicenter of specialty crop and organic agriculture producing over $5 billion annually. 

OPN recently sat down to discuss the importance of organic horticulture with Congressman Panetta.

March 27, 2018 In The News

Tariffs and trade are hot topics in Washington these days, and two Congressmen have come together to propose a way to eliminate unnecessary trade barriers. Panama City Republican Neal Dunn and California Democrat Jimmy Panetta are tackling the trade barriers that are hurting American exports and hindering innovation and advancement in agricultural technologies.