Costa Joins Secretary Perdue and Congressmen Denham and Valadao at World Ag Expo Agriculture Town Hall
Fresno, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Congressmen Jeff Denham (CA-10) and David Valadao (CA-21) at an agriculture town hall meeting at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. The town hall provided an opportunity for agriculture producers to ask questions and speak directly to officials about America’s food policy, including setting priorities for the next Farm Bill.
“It is essential that we listen to our agriculture communities regarding the challenges they face every day in putting food on Americans’ dinner tables,” said Rep. Costa, one of the senior members on the House Agriculture Committee. “As a third-generation farmer in California’s San Joaquin Valley, I know just how powerfully policies affect producers, agriculture communities, and people’s access to food. I look forward to continuing to hear from our Valley agriculture producers, farm workers, and nutrition organizations.”
Congressman Costa has worked on three Farm Bills while serving in Congress, and he was instrumental in enacting the WIIN Act, which aims to create a reliable water supply for agriculture and all individuals in the San Joaquin Valley. Costa has held numerous agriculture roundtables and meetings across California in preparation for the upcoming reauthorization of the Farm Bill, including a listening session with House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) in Salinas, California last year. The Farm Bill is due for reauthorization by September 30th.