Costa Tapped to Negotiate with Senate on Farm Bill

Washington, DC—Rep. Jim Costa was named to the conference committee that will meet with the U.S. Senate to negotiate final legislation that will reauthorize the nation’s agricultural and nutrition policies. The current Farm Bill extension expired on October 1st, and now the conference must move quickly to work out the differences between the two versions of the legislation.

“Appointing conferees is a sign that Republican Leadership might finally be ready to play ball and get to work for Rural America,” said Costa. “In the 2008 Farm Bill, we had many victories for Valley agriculture that I will be fighting to protect. From expanding programs that support specialty crops to bringing our dairy industry greater stability to improving our farm’s risk management system, the Valley has much at stake in these negotiations.”

“Now, we must move beyond the partisan battles over the programs that provide a critical lifeline to vulnerable seniors and children throughout our nation by maintaining our nutrition programs. It’s time to do what we traditionally have done with the Farm Bill, come together.”

Congressman Costa serves as the Ranking Member on Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit. He has been a strong advocate for passing a Farm Bill that will modernize the nation’s agriculture policies and provide certainty to Valley agriculture, the economic engine of the region.  Raised on a dairy farm in the Kearney Park area, Costa is a third-generation family farmer.