Rep. Josh Harder Receives Second Committee Assignment, Will Serve On House Agriculture Committee
Washington, D.C.—Last night, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture for the 116th Congress.
The committee ensures federal policies empower American farmers and helps them meet 21st century needs, such as conservation, food safety, technological innovation, and keeping pace with an increasingly globalized economy. The committee also oversees a wide range of issues including agricultural research and development, renewable energy, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, rural development, crop insurance, international trade, futures market regulation, animal and plant health, bioterrorism, forestry and other vital issues for a thriving agricultural economy.
Rep. Harder sought appointment to this committee because it will allow him to lead on one of the most important issues to the communities of the 10th District. In 2017, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties produced over $8.7 billion in agricultural commodities, and the agriculture sector supports over a third of all jobs in Stanislaus County alone. Serving on this Committee allows Harder to bring new solutions to supporting our farmers in the Central Valley.
Rep. Harder released the following statement:
“Agriculture is the backbone of the Central Valley economy—with nearly $8 billion of agricultural commodities produced in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties alone, we feed the nation and much of the world. But we also have critical challenges that we must meet head on, beginning with sensible solutions to expand our water supply, better manage our existing water resources, and help our communities better prepare for droughts. Serving on the Agriculture Committee is a tremendous honor and will let me take lead on the issues that impact our district.”