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 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to dangerous air quality levels that have been in the unhealthy range in the Valley for nearly a month, as a result of some of the worst wildfires in California’s history, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today introduced the Wildfire Smoke Relief Act.

September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, two amendments introduced by Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) to help California protect the public from wildfires passed the House of Representatives as part of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The amendments focus on protecting electrical infrastructure and reducing the effects of smoke on outdoor workers. The bill containing the amendments will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

Electrical Infrastructure Amendment

September 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the Senate companion to Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act. The bill would establish a $5 billion federal grant program to offset fair revenue losses during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

September 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to concerns from school districts across the Central Valley, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has written a letter asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow school districts to continue their nutrition programs through the end of the school year regardless of in-person opening status.

September 3, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand FEMA housing criteria to support agriculture workers, who are on the frontlines and have been working throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic.

August 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) and Senator Dianne Feinstein today introduced the Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program Authorization Act to establish an airborne snow observatory (ASO) and measurement program within the Department of the Interior. Without accurate readings, water managers could be forced to unnecessarily release water from reservoirs or use it for groundwater pumping, resulting in millions of dollars in financial losses.

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After securing substantial support in last year’s funding package, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that this year’s water development funding bill also includes millions in funding for water storage projects which benefit the Central Valley. The bill passed the House today on a vote of 217-197.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

Ninety-Nine Percent of U.S. Walnut Production Based in CA

July 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $2,334,992 to help continue Migrant Head Start programs in the Central Valley. The Migrant Head Start program provides comprehensive early childhood education and general health and nutrition assistance to primarily children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led an effort to make California eligible to receive federal funding to eradicate invasive nutria, the House of Representatives passed legislation that allows the state to apply for millions of dollars in federal funding to combat the pest. The bill also increases the total amount allocated to three programs through the Fish and Wildlife Service which help states and local residents combat invasive species, including the nutria.