Agriculture

Agriculture:

I’m proud to represent one of the most diverse and productive agricultural areas in the world. Northern California is the second largest rice growing region in the nation, we produce over 90% of America’s domestic olives, and we grow over half of all the dried plum produced in the world. Our farmers are also international leaders in almond, walnut, and pistachio production, among other crops.

As a rice farmer, I understand the unique challenges and obstacles facing our agricultural industry, from excessive state and federal regulations, unpredictable and sometimes catastrophic weather conditions, volatile markets, and significant barriers preventing new and young farmers from gaining stability.

During the very first Farm Bill I worked on as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I advocated for eliminating costly direct payments, streamlining federal programs, investing in our specialty crops, and ensuring farmers have the tools they need to endure uncertainties, such as droughts or wildfires. We now must build off those successes as Congress continues to move toward reauthorizing the 2018 Farm Bill. I will continue advocating for policies that provide relief from burdensome red tape, develop new markets for our products, increase flexibility for our ranchers and foresters, and target resources to rural development and broadband expansion.

In Congress, I will continue to fight to ensure our farmers and rancher have the support, certainty and clarity they need to continuing feeding our nation and the world.

For more information concerning my work and views related to Agriculture, please contact me.
 

More on Agriculture

May 20, 2020 Page

On April 17th, President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) which would utilize $9.5 billion in funding from the CARES Act, in conjunction with $6.5 billion in existing Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds to provide $16 billion in direct assistance to producers. Separate funding from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is also being utilized to make up to $3 billion in purchases of fruit and vegetables, meat, and dairy products over the course of the next 10 months.

Apr 10, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to President Donald Trump asking that he use his emergency powers to maximize water allocations to farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin, Sacramento Valley, and San Joaquin Valley. LaMalfa reiterates the importance of a domestically grown food supply as part of our national security.

Feb 4, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 5774, the Clearing Lines along Electrical At-Risk Zones (CLEAR Zones) Act. H.R. 5744 builds off current law resulting from the passage of Congressman LaMalfa’s Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which provided a process through the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to remove trees that posed a hazard to nearby power lines. The CLEAR Zones Act extends the area around utility rights-of-way that must be kept safe from hazard trees, accelerates the review process by providing for a categorical exemption from environmental assessments, and ensures plans will be approved within 60 days.
Jan 28, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a hearing to review implementation of conservation programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) and Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following remarks:
Jan 23, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after he, and a group of bipartisan colleagues, sent a letter asking California State Treasurer Fiona Ma to understand and abide by provisions in Public Law 116-94 that allocated tax credits to areas affected by wildfires in 2017 and 2018 – including  Butte, Shasta, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, Yuba, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties – in order to build and replace affordable housing for the victims.

Jan 16, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and awaits the President’s signature.

Jan 15, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement ensuring that FEMA will not seek reimbursement for debris removal services for wildfire victims.

Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Reclamation issued a $6 million grant for the Sites Reservoir Project.  

LaMalfa said: “Sites is a cost-effective project, providing much-needed storage. I’m happy that we were able to secure $6 million in additional funding for Sites as part of the $134 million granted for western water projects in the recent government funding package.”

Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will update the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) helped negotiate and write H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which passed the House of Representatives today on a bipartisan vote of 260-165-1. The bill makes significant changes to the H-2A visa program including allowing year round workers that are vital to the nations struggling dairy farmers. The bill allows farmers to transition to a fully legal workforce and is coupled with mandatory E-Verify after the bill is fully implemented. 

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