11.8.2012 Costa Calls for Action on Farm Bill

Fresno, CA – Rep. Jim Costa called for Members of the House to put the election behind them and take action on the bipartisan 5-year Farm Bill when Congress returns next week.

“The campaign is over, and it’s time to get to work for our nation’s dairymen, farmers, and producers. While many in Washington were obsessing over election messaging, these groups have reiterated again and again that they need a Farm Bill. We had overwhelming bipartisan support in committee, and we will have the votes on the floor. The time for politicking is over; it’s time for smart policymaking that puts the nation first.”

“Whether it’s providing crop insurance, reforming the Federal Milk Marketing Order, or extending the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), the only vehicle to do so is the Farm Bill. Now, more than ever, our dairymen, farmers and ranchers need the certainly that only a five-year Farm Bill can provide.”

The San Joaquin Valley that Costa represents is the nation’s richest agricultural regions. Growing nearly 400 different crops that are sold domestically and abroad, Fresno County alone generated $5.372 billion in cash receipts.