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Congressman Panetta Questions Secretary Sonny Perdue on Agriculture Labor Shortage

February 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) participated today in a bipartisan House Agriculture Committee hearing with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss the state of our country’s rural economy.  

Congressman Panetta spoke with Secretary Perdue about agriculture’s labor shortage, calling it the most important issue faced by producers on the central coast of California. He also asked Secretary Perdue about interagency efforts to improve the current H-2A visa process.

“The current lack of a reliable workforce is dramatically impacting the agriculture sector and rural economy of California,” said Congressman Panetta. “I appreciate Secretary Perdue’s focus on this issue, as well as his recognition of farmworkers on the Central Coast as both skilled employees and valued members of our communities. Moving forward, I will continue to work with Secretary Perdue and my colleagues in Congress to advocate for policies that benefit the growers, shippers, and farmworkers of the Central Coast.”

To watch Congressman Panetta’s conversation with Secretary Perdue during today’s hearing, click here. Last month, Congressman Panetta joined a bipartisan group of Representatives for a select meeting with Secretary Perdue to discuss farmer programs for military veterans. Congressman Panetta also met with Secretary Perdue when the Secretary visited the Central Valley in November 2017.


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