Garamendi Commends Passage of the Bipartisan Farm Bill into Law

FAIRFIELD, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Agriculture Committee, pear farmer, and cattle rancher, commended passage of the bipartisan farm bill that was signed into law today by President Obama after a grueling three-year process.

Congressman Garamendi, whose 3rd District contributes $3 billion in agricultural production, issued the following statement:

“Today, farmers in the 3rd District and across America will finally have a Farm Bill that meets the needs of agriculture. Through crop insurance reform, smart investments in specialty crops, organics, the market access program, conservation, agricultural research, and other policies, this bill will empower Northern California’s agricultural economy and create jobs.

“This bill was not perfect. The reduction in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding was harmful, but failure to pass this bill would likely have led to much steeper cuts. We can do much more to prevent hunger in America through a better Farm Bill or another legislative vehicle, but that first requires a much better Congress.

“Throughout this process, I have consulted with my constituents and taken their voice back to the Halls of Congress, and that will remain true with all legislation we consider.”

President Obama signed the bill into law at Michigan State, bringing attention to their agricultural research program. UC Davis, located in the 3rd District receives more funding than any other university from the United States Department of Agriculture, and their Agriculture program is rated as the best in the world.

More information on the Farm Bill is available in Congressman Garamendi’s press release distributed when the final Farm Bill passed the House of Representatives.