Reps. Carbajal and Peterson to Host Central Coast Farm Bill Listening Tour
Santa Maria, CA – This Thursday, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7), will host an agriculture listening session at the Santa Maria Fairpark with local stakeholders. The Congressmen will hear the concerns and priorities of Central Coast agriculture producers, farm workers, and nutrition organizations, regarding provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill.
The 2018 Farm Bill will set farm and food policy for the country and will have a significant impact on the local agriculture industry. The provisions in the current Farm Bill are due to expire September 30, 2018.
“I look forward to helping bring the voices and priorities of Central Coast farmers and nutrition advocates into the conversation regarding provisions of the upcoming Farm Bill,” said Carbajal. “The Central Coast provides families across the nation with nutritious food and we must even the playing field for our local producers. It is essential that specialty crop block grants and programs that Central Coast growers depend on are well-funded. It is equally important that this bill includes support for SNAP and nutrition assistance programs, which are such vital lifelines for low-income children and seniors on fixed incomes.”
“I’m looking forward to hearing directly from farmers and other Californians impacted by the farm bill,” said Peterson. “These real-world examples of what is, and maybe isn’t, working will help the Agriculture Committee as we begin the task of writing a new farm bill.”
This event is open to the public. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our office at (805) 730-1710.