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.
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Democratic Congressman Jimmy Panetta has moved forward on two initiatives to support the nation's agricultural industry. Panetta, who represents the 20th congressional district, which includes major growing regions in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys and parts of Santa Clara Valley, has joined forces with Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois to establish the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation have praised Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., for establishing the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus.
WASHINGTON – A Trump administration plan to eliminate popular and longstanding foreign food aid programs as a cost-saving measure would be short-sighted and ill-advised, witnesses testifying before a House agriculture panel said Wednesday.
But even before they got started, the Republican chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Rep. Michael Conaway of Texas, said the proposed cut to the McGovern-Dole and Food for Peace programs “seems contrary to the role they play in a robust ‘America-first’ policy.”
WATSONVILLE >> Agricultural workers and their families could become eligible to apply for a “blue card” that would give them a one-time opportunity to acquire legal citizenship status and work authorization if they show consistent employment in U.S. agriculture over the past two years, pay a fine and pass a thorough background check.
Salinas >> Three area airports have received federal grants for runway improvements and rehabilitation, the office of Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley announced Tuesday.
Salinas Municipal received $82,581, Mesa Del Rey in the King City district received $334,606, and Watsonville Municipal got $292,200.
“Each year the airport applies for grant dollars,” said Brett Godown, Salinas airport manager. “It’s the best use of money for capital projects where the city pays about 5 to 10 cents on the dollar.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), announced that three airports on the central coast of California have received federal grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration. Mesa Del Rey received $334,606, Salinas Municipal received $82,581, and Watsonville Municipal received $295,200. Specifically, the federal grants will be used for runway improvements and rehabilitation.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) have joined together to establish the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus.
20th District Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and Rodney Davis the Republican Congressman from Illinois joined together to start the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus.
The Caucus focuses on topics related to agriculture research, innovation, and mechanization efforts, and is coming at a time as Congress prepares for the 2018 Farm Bill.