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Hastings, Costa to Co-Chair Specialty Crop Caucus

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Location: Washington, DC

Reps. Doc Hastings and Jim Costa, co-chairs of the Congressional Specialty Crop Caucus, announced today the reorganization of the caucus and membership for the 113th Congress. The Caucus aims to raise awareness about the issues facing specialty crop growers and processors and advocate for policies that allow these producers to continue to provide American families with safe, healthy foods.

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA): "Agriculture has been the backbone of Central Washington's way of life for generations and provides more jobs than any other industry in our state. Central Washington specialty crop growers provide top-quality produce to consumers in the United States and around the world, and I am pleased that the Specialty Crop Caucus will provide a way to promote policies that help these growers continue to succeed."

Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA): "In my home state of California, we produce half the nation's fruits and vegetables and protecting the industry is critical to the economy of my district. The men and women who grow our specialty crops provide nutritious options for our nation's families and create thousands of jobs across the country. Building a healthier nation starts with our dinner tables, and these are the healthiest, safest foods in the world."

Chris Schlect, President, Northwest Horticultural Council: "I am pleased that our tree fruit growers and shippers will have the Specialty Crop Caucus as a central place through which to make their views known to national leaders on important federal Issues. The Specialty Crop Caucus offers a clear pathway for us to express our thoughts and concerns to the entire membership of the U.S. House of Representatives."

Barry Bedwell, President, California Grape & Tree Fruit League: "The California Grape and Tree Fruit League applaud the efforts of the Specialty Crop Caucus. With approximately one half of the value of all crops grown in the U.S., specialty crops represent not only a very positive impact on jobs and the economy but also a focus on eating more fruits, nuts and vegetables that will fight obesity and lead to a healthier society."

Membership in the Specialty Crop Caucus for the 113th Congress:

Doc Hastings, WA-04
Jim Costa, CA-16
Mike Michaud, ME-02
Reid Ribble, WI-08
Colleen Hanabusa, HI-01
Jerry McNerney, CA-11
Mike Simpson, ID-02
Greg Walden, OR-02
Mike Thompson, CA-01
Bill Owens, NY-23
Earl Blumenauer, OR-03
Jeff Denham, CA-19
Kurt Schrader, OR-05
Robert Aderholt, AL-04
Mike McIntyre, NC-07
Julia Brownley, CA-26
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, WA-05
Vern Buchanan, FL-16
Tom Rooney, FL-17
Dan Benishek, MI-01
Richard Hanna, NY-22
Brian Higgins, NY-27
Paul Gosar, AZ-04
Juan Vargas, CA-51
Zoe Lofgren, CA-19
Suzanne Bonamici, OR-01
Jim McGovern, MA-02

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