Agriculture

My great-grandfather came to the Central Valley to farm peaches in Manteca back in the 1850s. Just about everyone you talk to around here has a similar story. Agriculture is not only a key driver of our local economy and a source of jobs, it’s also an important part of who we are.

The Central Valley is the fruit and nut basket of the world – which is why I fought to serve on the House Agriculture Committee. One of my most important roles in Washington is serving as the voice of our local growers and producers on the committee. It’s vital that we have clear Farm Bill implementation and a trade policy that actually works for our farmers and families. My job is to make sure that federal agriculture policy works for our farmers – not just folks in other parts of the country.

My office is dedicated to helping our farmers in any way possible, if you need help cutting through red tape with the USDA please contact us.

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More on Agriculture

November 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is educating his colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee on the devastating threat posed by swamp rats to Valley agriculture, environment, and infrastructure as the rest of the Washington establishment focuses on impeachment. During a hearing in the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, Rep. Harder visually illustrated the exponential growth rate and cost of inaction in regard to the nutria – and compared it to another invasive species – the feral hog in the American South.

October 30, 2019 Press Release

First Bipartisan Immigration Bill Introduced in House in Decades

October 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraging the leaders of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to consider policy proposals that account for the needs of farmers when crafting their legislative recommendations to Congress. The committee is slated to offer a series of proposals to counter the climate crisis in March 2020.

October 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Reps. Josh Harder (CA-10), John Garamendi (CA-03), Jim Costa (CA-16), and TJ Cox (CA-21) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released the following statement on the updated biological opinions for federally protected fish species and coordinated operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project:

October 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is calling on the Trump Administration to reverse its plan to disband the National Invasive Species Council (NISC), which unifies all federal efforts to combat invasive species into a single body. Over a dozen federal agencies and organizations share responsibility for combating invasive species, making the NISC one of the most important tools in the fight against these threats. In a letter, Rep.

September 28, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed SB1.

September 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that his bill to halt the invasion of Nutria, an invasive swamp rat, will receive a hearing in the Water Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill would revive an expired program that helped to successfully stop a similar invasion in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at 2:00 PM ET in Longworth House Office Building, room 1324.

September 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), alongside Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Garamendi (CA-03), and TJ Cox, (CA-21) released the following statement in advance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of SB1. 

August 7, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a federal Department of Education Investment of $443,308 to allow the Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC) to provide farmworkers with High School Equivalency Diplomas (HSEDs). This is the first annual installment of a five-year grant through the Department’s High School Equivalency Program. The CVOC will provide 100 commuter farmworkers with the education necessary to earn an HSED each year.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is joining a coalition of Democrats from agriculture-reliant districts in asking Democratic leadership to continue negotiations on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and for a final bipartisan vote on the deal by the end of the year. The coalition of lawmakers believes the final deal should be bipartisan and include more oversight and accountability, but also certainty in trade markets for our farmers, retailers, and the trucking industry. Rep.