California Gains Seats on House Committee

The House Agriculture Committee recently welcomed three new California representatives to their ranks, increasing the state’s influence on farm policy and reflecting California’s increasing importance to the American agricultural sector.

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, a senior member of the committee. The previous Congress had three Californians serving on the ag committee, but with retirements and several incumbents defeated in the 2012 election, new members are needed.

“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.”

“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.”

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer