Salinas >> An agriculture roundtable was held at Hartnell College on Thursday giving agricultural and local leaders an opportunity to speak directly with three members of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee about topics important to the Central Coast.
“Today’s legislative hearing, our ag listening session in anticipation of the reauthorization of the farm bill, was an excellent opportunity to hear from many of the voices … from the salad bowl of America,” said Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno.
Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley; Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno; and ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota; were hearing from people in the fields of nutrition, agriculture – farmers and farmworkers, organic and conventional food producers, researchers and scientists.
“It’s important to listen to people, gather that evidence, bring it back to Washington, and continue to fight for those topics important to the Central Coast, California, and ultimately the nation,” said Panetta.
The farm bill is an omnibus, multi-year law that governs an array of agricultural and food programs. Included in the most recent farm bill were commodity price and income supports, agricultural conservation, farm credit, trade, research, rural development, bio-energy, foreign food aid, and domestic nutrition assistance.
The bill is reauthorized about every five years and provides a predictable opportunity for policymakers to comprehensively and periodically address agricultural and food issues, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Costa said one…
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