Agriculture

The central coast of California 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 as well as the House Ways and Means Committee, I will continue to advocate on behalf of the growers, shippers, and farm workers of the Central Coast who help contribute to this $5 billion economic engine. Serving on both the Agriculture and Ways and Means committees allows me to advocate for Central Coast farmers through trade, biotech innovations, and more.

Through my appointment to the Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research subcommittee I will work 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.

As a member of 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.

I also serve member of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture subcommittee.  This Subcommittee has jurisdiction over policies, statutes, and markets relating to all livestock, poultry, dairy, and seafood.  It also oversees the inspection, marketing, and promotion of such commodities and products like aquaculture, animal welfare, grazing, foreign agricultural assistance, and trade promotion.

Although the Agriculture Committee and Ways and Means Committee do 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, declarations, 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.

Read more about the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, here
 

More on Agriculture

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Billy Long (R-MO-07) introduced legislation to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they have experienced due to COVID-19.  The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act will provide grant funding for agricultural fairs through state departments of agriculture to keep them functioning and preserve them for the future.

July 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) co-introduced legislation to allow states to extend administrative flexibilities for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, authorized by Congress in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The Emergency SNAP Flexibilities Extension Act, HR 7794, augments the flexibility that FFCRA provided to states by extending the blanket SNAP waivers approved by the U.S.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) supported passage of H.R. 7608.  The package includes four Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  Congressman Panetta successfully incorporated numerous amendments to the bills, including provisions to protect the environment and natural resources on the Central Coast, strengthen agricultural research and food security, support U.S.

July 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) led their colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter urging House leadership to include strong support for our state and county agricultural fairs in the next COVID-19 relief package.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement on the Entry Into Force of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Entry Into Force makes the agreement’s new standards and enforcement mechanisms effective starting today:

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive congressional climate action framework, which includes Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s (CA-20) legislation, the Green Bus Tax Credit Act, H.R. 5163 and the Clean Energy Production Parity Act, H.R. 2040.  By tackling climate change through the tax code and incentivizing the adoption of clean energy technologies, these bills will help meet the report’s ambitious but attainable climate goals.

June 19, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) led Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15), Congressman James McGovern (D-MA-2), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), in calling on House and Senate leadership to include strong funding for global food security efforts in future COVID-19 response legislation.  The letter highlights how COVID-19-related disruptions to global food supply chains disproportionately impact already vulnerable populations, particularly in developing countries.

June 15, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 18 members of Congress in the California Delegation in calling on House leadership to ensure that any future legislative package focused on infrastructure, economic stimulus, and job creation include robust funds to address deferred maintenance and wildland fire preparedness needs in the U.S. National Forest System.

May 22, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 72 members of Congress in calling on House leadership to provide or direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide funds to protect farmworkers and their children.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15) called on Administration officials to make full use of the United States government’s international food assistance programs to mitigate the global hunger implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The members urge U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo, and U.S.