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.
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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.”
(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).
(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.