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Agriculture

As a lifelong cattle rancher, I understand the unique needs of California agriculture. California feeds America and much of the world, and it’s important that we pursue policies that help farmers and ranchers pass their way of life on to the next generation.

I am proud to represent California’s Third Congressional District, which has a unique and vibrant agricultural economy. From rice to walnuts to peaches to tomatoes, you can find it all. Because of this, I am a strong supporter of programs to help California farmers expand overseas markets, increased investment in agricultural research, investment in conservation programs which benefit farmers and wildlife, and federal crop insurance and commodity programs.

As a huge proponent of Buy America, I am pursuing policies that ensure that our school children are eating safe, nutrition foods grown in here in the United States, rather than places like China.

More on Agriculture

August 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced the “Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021.” This bipartisan legislation is the first major update of federal regulations for the global ocean shipping industry since 1998. The legislation would support American exports by establishing reciprocal trade opportunities to help reduce the United States’ longstanding trade imbalance with China and other countries.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC­—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03), a former Deputy Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton Administration, released a discussion draft of the “Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Expansion Act” for public review and comment. This draft legislation would expand the National Monument to include a federally owned land parcel known as the “Walker Ridge” tract. This ridgeline in Lake County has cultural significance to Native Americans and is home to bald eagles and rare wildflowers.

April 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded the appointment of Jenny Lester Moffitt as Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Jenny is one of Congressman Garamendi’s constituents who has served the State of California throughout her career and will now bring her extensive experience in agriculture to the Biden Administration.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA03) introduced the “Farmworker Pesticide Safety Act” in commemoration of Cesar Chavez Day. This bill would effectively triple funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s worker protection, public-private partnership, and pesticide safety education grant programs. The University of California, Davis Extension is the single largest recipient of this federal grant money in the nation.

October 28, 2020 Press Release

Davis, CA.—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced his major accomplishments for the 116th Congress (2019-2020), including 3 bills signed into law, $2,300,000 in earned but previously unpaid federal benefits to his constituents and over $1,800,000 for 3rd District veterans. In Washington, he works on issues crucial to California and our country's economy and national security.

August 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded the United States Department of Agriculture’s decision to purchase $40 million of U.S.-grown almonds to support America’s almond growers as they grapple with the impact COVID-19 has had on their industry. This decision follows a letter from Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) to the United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue advocating for the United States Department of Agriculture’s support for California’s almond industry through a direct purchase program as it grapples with the effects of COVID-19.

August 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) joined members of Congress from both parties in urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to provide additional USDA support for California’s walnut growers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and olive growers impacted by the ongoing trade dispute with the European Union.

These letters follow Congressman Garamendi’s advocacy for California’s almond growers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month. 

July 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) sent a letter to the United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue advocating for the United States Department of Agriculture’s support for California’s almond industry through a direct purchase program as it grapples with the effects of COVID-19.

May 22, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a virtual town hall for local farmers and food producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Garamendi was joined by Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Agriculture and Jamie Johansson, President of the California Farm Bureau to answer questions and hear the opinions of local farmers.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA—Congressman Garamendi (D-CA) joined a bipartisan group of his Congressional colleagues urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to provide additional emergency assistance for family farmers and ranchers. On April 2, Garamendi urged Secretary Perdue to provide direct assistance to farmers who have lost markets due to COVID-19 pandemic, including international export markets important to California.