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 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that he will be joined by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland for a virtual event focused on the state of California’s water on September 8th at 2:00 PM PT. The two will discuss issues surrounding water in the Central Valley and the need for federal investments in water infrastructure and combatting drought.

September 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a new letter to President Biden and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell in support of the State of California’s request for a major disaster declaration in response to the ongoing extreme drought and wildfire conditions. A major disaster declaration would unlock resources and coordination to help Central Valley farmers and communities adapt and recover from the dual threats of extreme drought and wildfires.

July 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) reintroduced his Future of Agricultural Resiliency and Modernization (FARM) Act which would help farmers across the country more effectively fight climate change. The bill would establish two new landmark climate-focused initiatives to support the efforts of farmers to implement climate-friendly farming methods and technologies.

July 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) reintroduced his Future of Agricultural Resiliency and Modernization (FARM) Act which would help farmers across the country more effectively fight climate change. The bill would establish two new landmark climate-focused initiatives to support the efforts of farmers to implement climate-friendly farming methods and technologies.

July 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led a successful effort to include resources for farmers impacted by drought and wildfire in the bipartisan 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act. Currently, the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) can only provide direct assistance to farmers who experienced crop loss due to qualifying natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. Rep. Harder’s language will open up funds to farmers who have lost crops to drought, fire, and other natural disasters in 2020 and 2021.

July 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led his colleagues in pushing for a historic investment in wildfire fighting and protection in this year’s appropriations bills. The new letter reflects the need for drastic increases in funds to prevent and fight wildfires in California and across the West.

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — In today’s subcommittee hearing, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) followed President Biden’s one-year federal firefighter pay increase by pushing the House Appropriations Committee to permanently increase federal firefighter pay. He inserted new language in the House Appropriations FY22 Interior bill that directs the US Forest Service to address the pay disparity issue for federal firefighters.

June 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — After Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) months of bipartisan leadership on the federal firefighter shortage and wage crisis, President Joe Biden ordered an increase federal firefighter pay while meeting with governors, cabinet members and business leaders today. This comes days after Rep. Harder led a bipartisan letter with Republican Rep.

March 23, 2021 Press Release

MODESTO — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) joined county leaders at the San Joaquin County Ag Center to tour their vaccination site ​for food and agricultural workers and ​discuss needs in the agricultural community. After the tour, Rep. Harder spoke about the importance of ensuring access to vaccines for our frontline farmers, ranchers, food and ag workers, and presented the County and the San Joaquin Farm Bureau ​with certificates of recognition for their critically important work ​supporting outreach to the agricultural community.

March 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the United States, to urge him to support restarting talks between the Indian government and its farmers. In the letter, Rep. Harder specifically called out the Indian government’s use of tear gas, water cannons, and other forms of violence on peaceful demonstrators in recent months. 

 

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