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Agriculture

Read my Farm Bill Newsletter series, here.

 

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.

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

 

More on Agriculture

December 12, 2018 In The News

MONTERY – Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill – the Senate on Tuesday and the House on Wednesday – that includes a number of bipartisan provisions that will benefit the Central Coast plus a historic move to allow hemp production. It next goes to President Trump for signing.

December 12, 2018 In The News

A new five-year farm bill that enhances existing programs while offering new assistance to less traditional forms of agriculture and legalizing industrial hemp easily won final congressional approval from the House on Wednesday, sending the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature. 

The whopping margin on the final vote, 369-47, mirrored a similarly large vote in the Senate on Tuesday, 87-13. On final passage, 182 Republicans and 187 Democrats voted in favor. Forty-four Republicans, many of whom are members of the Freedom Caucus, and three Democrats voted against it.

December 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement on the 2018 Farm Bill, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today:

November 23, 2018 Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) released the following statement in response to the update on the E. coli outbreak by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb:

November 20, 2018 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, headed to an 80-20 victory in his first re-election bid, isn’t going to be putting his feet up in the next few weeks while waiting for his Democratic Party to take control of the 116th U.S. House of Representatives.

One of Congress’ most fervent bipartisan optimists, Panetta is raring to go back into the fray with many of his lame duck colleagues to get the 2018 Farm Bill renewed before the new Congress is sworn in in January 2019.

November 20, 2018 In The News

Thanksgiving is complicated enough, between making sure the turkey doesn’t dry out and the relatives don’t get into a fight over the latest hot topic issues. Now add making sure the only tummy trouble guests leave with is from eating too much pie.

November 13, 2018 In The News

Having received nearly four out of every five votes district-wide, Central Coast Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-20) is cruising to a second term in the U.S. House. 

The most recent election results show Panetta getting 79 percent of the vote compared this his challenger Ronald Paul Kabat, who has received 21 percent. 

Kabat was out of town on vacation and unavailable, his staff said Wednesday. 

November 13, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON — As Congress returns from its weeks-long election recess, it has a piece of unfinished business that is critical to a nearly

$50 billion California industry and millions of Americans on food stamps.

There’s hope the election results could finally get it over the finish line.

November 1, 2018 In The News

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, 20th District Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus, has introduced the Specialty Crop Mechanization Prize Challenge Act.

The bipartisan legislation incentivizes innovative agriculture technology development and deployment. The bill also encourages public-private partnerships between agriculture industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop mechanization technology to alleviate workforce and cultivation shortfalls.