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

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.

July 22, 2019 Press Release

 

July 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill introduced by Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will receive a hearing in the Water Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee on July 25th at 10:00 AM eastern. Rep.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Rob Wittman (VA-1), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Morgan Griffith (VA-9) today introduced the Water Resources Research Amendments Act. The bill would reauthorize an expired program which supports local water research institutes that solve problems regarding water quantity and quality in collaboration with universities, local governments, the water industry, and the public.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to address new retaliatory tariffs on almonds with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a reported meeting next week. Rep. Harder’s district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced legislation to eradicate and control the population growth of nutria, colloquially referred to as “swamp rats,” in the Central Valley. Nutria are an invasive species from South America that have caused millions in damage to swamplands in Maryland and Louisiana.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for a new water treatment plant and transmission main line to the cities of Ceres and Turlock. The new plant is part of a joint project between the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority, the Turlock Irrigation District, and the cities of Turlock and Ceres, and will make available an additional 5,600 acre-feet of water.

June 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after India imposed retaliatory tariffs up to 70 percent on American products, including almonds. Rep. Harder’s district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product.