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 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. 

Oct 30, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after joining fellow Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Mike Simpson (ID-02), and Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) as well as agricultural stakeholders and labor organizations to unveil the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.
Oct 3, 2019 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that the United States can impose annual tariffs up to $7.5 billion on goods from the European Union, the largest award in WTO history, in response to illegal subsidies given to Airbus in the past.
Sep 12, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repealed the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and will replace it with a new rule by the end of the year that provides more certainty for landowners and farmers across the nation.
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.

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