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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

May 30, 2019 In The News

WATSONVILLE — When it comes to farmers and government, water supply in the Central Coast is at times “fighting words.”

Dale Huss said that the process of convincing coastal growers to stop turning to their own wells and start ordering delivery of recycled water sold by Pajaro Valley Water Agency a decade ago took teamwork. Huss oversees artichoke production for Castroville-based Ocean Mist Farms and led Pajaro Valley Water Agency’s Projects and Facility Operations Committee for more than 15 years.

April 2, 2019 In The News

As marchers walked down East Salinas’ Market Street in honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday Sunday, Maribel Jacome pushed her stroller alongside the Alisal Community Arts Network marching band to hand out water.

She had two older daughters participating in the United Farm Workers of America’s event – not counting her baby girl in tow – to celebrate the 92nd birthday of the late UFW union leader who organized for better conditions for farmworkers.

February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced today that he has been appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional leadership has appointed Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) to serve on three committees during the 116th Congress.  He will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee.

January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), joined his colleagues Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Darin LaHood (R-IL), in introducing the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act of 2019 to require the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

January 24, 2019 Page

I sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to a concerning report from the Des Moines Register about actions taken against LGBTQ youth in the 4-H program.

January 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation and put them on a path toward earned legal status and eventual citizenship.

January 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) was re-appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on the House Agriculture Committee.  Congressman Panetta released the following statement:

January 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) led 54 of his colleagues in writing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressing concern that the administration’s decision to decrease the number of Area Census Offices could lead to a potential undercount of rural, immigrant, low-income, communities of color, and traditionally hard to count communities during the 2020 Census. 

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) was appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.  Congressman Panetta released the following statement: