Committee Hears From California Producers
Agriculture Producers Provide Feedback On Current Farm Policy
STOCKTON, C.A. - House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Minority Member Collin Peterson today convened a field hearing in Stockton, California to review the 2002 Farm Bill. This is the third in a series of hearings the Committee will conduct around the country. Eleven members of the Committee attended today's hearing and heard from two panels of witnesses about a variety of farm policy issues including specialty crops, commodity programs, export markets, planting prohibition, and crop insurance.
"Farm policy is especially important here in California. With 77,000 farms and ranches across the state, California is the nation's largest producer of agricultural products and the fifth largest supplier of food and agricultural commodities in the world. Additionally, California produces a large number of specialty crops including almonds, olives, asparagus, walnuts and artichokes to name a few. Today, we will hear from a variety of producers who represent the state's diverse agriculture sector, from row crops to specialty crops," said Chairman Goodlatte in his opening statement.