The appointment of three additional Californians to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture will benefit the state’s farmers and ranchers, the California Farm Bureau Federation stated in a news release.
The committee announced that Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, would become new members, joining Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. Costa, a senior member of the committee, serves as the ranking member on its Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.
“It is very good news for California farmers and ranchers that we now have greater representation on the Agriculture Committee,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. “All four members understand the challenges California agriculture faces.”
In the previous Congress, California had three representatives among the 46 members of the Agriculture Committee. Wenger said he hopes the four Californians on the new committee will continue its longstanding tradition of working in a bipartisan manner.
“The House Agriculture Committee plays a vital role in creating policy that helps farmers and ranchers survive in a highly competitive world market,” Wenger said. “We look forward to working with the four California members in particular on initiatives that protect against invasive pests and diseases, encourage agricultural research and help farmers maintain their stewardship of the environment.”
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.