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Congressman Panetta Meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to Discuss Veteran Farmer Programs

January 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) participated yesterday in a bipartisan meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss improving the USDA’s efforts to recruit and train veteran interested in becoming farmers.

“We owe it to our veterans to ensure that they have a smooth transition to a productive career following their military service. My colleagues and I are committed to working with Secretary Perdue and other federal agencies to make our veterans aware that the agriculture industry offers fruitful opportunities,” said Congressman Panetta. “More needs to be done to ensure that veterans know about the resources, educational opportunities, and apprenticeships available to them through community colleges and four year universities in our district. I look forward to working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and Secretary Perdue to strengthen USDA’s support of veteran farmers by improving existing programs and partnerships.”

Congressman Panetta, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, joined Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Al Lawson (D-FL), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Tim Walz (D-MN) at the meeting. Congressman Panetta also met with Secretary Perdue when the Secretary visited the Central Valley in November 2017.