Washington, DC – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) released the following statement on House passage of the 2018 Farm Bill House-Senate conference agreement:
“Agriculture is the cornerstone of our regional economy and a proud part of our heritage in Ventura County. This bipartisan Farm Bill includes many provisions that I called for to help Ventura County growers succeed in the global marketplace, including investments in specialty crop research, the creation of an emergency fund for citrus research and development, and more input for Californians on national citrus policy. By better supporting our local agricultural producers, this bill will strengthen our rural communities and increase sustainability and profitability for our farmers and growers, which will protect jobs in our region.
“I am also pleased that the bill maintains critical support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which ensures millions of children, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and seniors, including 59,000 Ventura County residents, have food on the table. The bill also includes many animal health and welfare provisions, including strengthening protections against animal fighting. I am very pleased that we were able to reach a bipartisan agreement on this legislation. In Congress, I will continue to fight to ensure our agricultural producers and workers receive the support and investments needed to flourish.”