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Agriculture

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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

October 9, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that California FarmLink received federal grants and loan capital totaling over $1,086,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development.

October 4, 2018 In The News

The 2018 Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, and Congressman Jimmy Panetta said that unless his House Agriculture Committee chair softens on President Donald Trump’s new work requirements for food stamp recipients, farm programs will begin to suffer in the new year.

In an interview this week, Panetta, whose district includes half of Gilroy and all of San Benito County, said legislation like the Farm Bill, which is up for renewal every five years, needs bipartisan agreement to succeed.

September 10, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that two rural development grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been awarded to California’s 20th Congressional District.  The El Pajaro Community Development Corporation received a grant totaling $40,000 and the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association received a grant totaling $38,000 from USDA.  The grants will be used to increase economic security in the region, and provide skill building and business education opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

September 2, 2018 In The News

Hundreds of aspiring farmers headed to the Monterey County Fair Saturday morning to auction livestock and later enjoy festivities during the week-long event.

More than 200 students participated, including high school students from seven different Future Farmers of America organizations as well as students of all ages from approximately 15 4-H groups.

U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal assisted in the fair's Junior Livestock Auction that featured more than 110 pigs, 49 lamb, 25 goats and 21 steers.

August 10, 2018 In The News

You can hardly blame California’s farmers, growers and vintners for feeling like pawns in President Donald Trump’s reckless and self-destructive trade war.

His tit-for-tat tariffs with China are already hurting agriculture in the Central Valley and across the state, and the pain is only going to get worse.

August 8, 2018 Page

I will be holding town hall meetings this month in Salinas, Watsonville, and Monterey.  These meetings will be opportunities for members of our community to share their ideas and concerns about issues affecting the central coast of California.  Seating for all events is first come, first served.  Town halls will also be live-streamed on my Facebook and YouTube pages.  

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August 1, 2018 In The News

President Donald Trump’s trade war is unifying a large chunk of California’s congressional delegation on behalf of farmers.

But notably absent from the coalition is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents Kern County, one of California’s and the nation’s top agricultural producers.

Valley Republicans David Valadao, Devin Nunes, and Jeff Denham, and Democrat Jim Costa are among the lawmakers asking the Trump administration not to overlook California’s specialty crop growers when it comes to providing aid for those hurt by retaliatory tariffs.

July 31, 2018 In The News

LOS ANGELES – President Donald Trump’s trade war is pitting Republicans in California against their brethren in the Midwest.

One week after Trump announced a $12 billion plan to soften the blow of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farmers, several Republican House members from California — in addition to several Democrats — are appealing to the Trump administration not to overlook the state’s massive specialty-crops markets.

July 31, 2018 In The News

California Republican members of Congress are delivering a warning to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a letter set to go out Tuesday evening: Tariffs are “threatening the economic livelihood of our businesses and communities” — and the department needs to do more to help.