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

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.

June 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Josh Harder (CA-10) Joe Courtney (CT-2), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15), and Lee Zeldin (NY-1) introduced the Young Farmer Success Act, a bipartisan effort to preserve America’s agricultural economy and the security of its national food supply by adding full-time farmers and ranchers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) Chellie Pingree (ME-1) and Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) today introduced the Kids Eat Local Act, a bipartisan bill which would cut red tape and allow local schools to buy local foods. Federal regulations make it difficult for schools to give preference to local farmers when buying food for school lunches.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraged by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) decision to agree to his request to ensure tree nut producers, including walnut growers, are included in the latest round of trade aid. The new USDA package aims to assist farmers who have been harmed by retaliatory tariffs. Rep. Harder led a bipartisan letter with Rep.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is leading a bipartisan group of lawmakers from across the country in an effort to ensure that Central Valley specialty crop growers aren’t again left out of a critical aid program provided to farmers harmed by Chinese tariffs. Although the ongoing trade war has cost the California walnut industry over $600 million, walnut farmers were not covered by the last Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Rep.

January 17, 2019 Press Release

 

Washington, D.C.—Last night, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture for the 116th Congress.

 

January 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington DC—Today, California Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) took a firm stand with farmers in the Central Valley by voting in favor of re-opening and funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is a vital step in finally ending the pointless government shutdown and reviving crucial services that assist farmers in California and around the country.

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