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

Jan 31, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after being appointed Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.
Jan 29, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after reintroducing legislation to provide farmers access to discounted rates under the National Flood Insurance Program. The Congressmen’s bipartisan Flood Insurance for Farmers Act of 2019 (H.R.830) would also lift the de facto federal prohibition on construction and repair of agricultural structures in high flood-risk areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Dec 12, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House agreed to the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act – also known as the Farm Bill.
Dec 11, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency repealed the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and replaced it with a new rule that provides more certainty for land owners and farmers across the nation.
Oct 9, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after joining U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann to present an Economic Initiative Impact Grant from Rural Development totaling $37,500 to the Indian Valley Community Services District (CSD) for the purchase of a new fire engine.
Oct 2, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement on the newly formed trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada that will serve as the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Jul 11, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmatively that the U.S. ripe olive industry is suffering significant losses as a result of ripe olives from Spain being subsidized and sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. The Department of Commerce now will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of Spanish olives.

Jun 21, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, known as the Farm Bill.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) testified at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing regarding the California ripe olive industry and the damage being done by dumping of ripe olives from Spain. Last year, Congressman LaMalfa led a bipartisan letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Ross in support of the U.S. ripe olive industry’s import relief petition against unfairly traded ripe olives from Spain.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, known as the Farm Bill.

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