Agriculture is the cornerstone of Ventura County’s economy that supports thousands of jobs throughout our region. It is also a proud part of our heritage, giving our community its unique beauty. In Congress, I have worked hard to support our local agricultural producers, workers, and businesses.

  • January 2019
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    California Members Call on USDA to Help California Avocados Access Chinese Market

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that she and a bipartisan group of Members from the California delegation have called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate efforts to help California Hass avocados gain market access in China. California’s 2,000 avocado farmers produce over 90 percent of the total U.S. avocado crop, yet they have not gained the same level of access to China as competing countries. The letter calls on the Trump Administration to prioritize a California avocado trade agreement as part of upcoming trade negotiations with China.

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  • December 2018
  • October 2018
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    Brownley Announces $250,000 in Federal Funds to Increase Access to Locally Grown Produce for Low-Income Communities in Ventura County

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that The Abundant Table, a nonprofit based in Camarillo, will receive nearly $250,000 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand access to locally grown fruits and vegetables for low-income families throughout Ventura County. The grant, part of USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), aims to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, as well as to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.

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  • September 2018
  • May 2018
  • Brownley Tours Sun Valley Floral Farms’s Facility in Oxnard

    Mother’s Day helps Ventura County Flower Farmers Grow Sales

    Despite their importance, producers of the crop tend to be overlooked, said Rep. Julia Brownley, who toured Sun Valley Group’s Oxnard farm earlier this month. Brownley, D-Westlake Village, decided to tour the farm due to the importance of Mother’s Day to the industry and to raise awareness of the crop.

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  • May 2017
  • Why did Trump sour on lemon ban?

    By Editorial Board Originally Appeared on The Ventura County Star As proponents of free trade, we find it difficult to make protectionist arguments against the Trump administration’s decision last week to lift a ban on lemon imports from Argentina, even though Ventura County is one of the top lemon-producing areas in the United States and stands […]

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  • U.S. ends ban on importing Argentine lemons, angering California citrus growers

    By Associated Press Originally Appeared In The Los Angeles Times The California citrus industry was livid Tuesday over the Trump administration’s decision to allow lemon imports from Argentina’s top producing region for the first time in 16 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it will lift the ban on lemons from northwestern […]

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  • April 2017
  • October 2015
  • April 2014
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    Brownley Welcomes USDA Announcement of $66 Million in Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) welcomed the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants available for projects to help specialty crop growers. As a member of the Specialty Crop Caucus, Brownley fought for the renewal of the Specialty Crop Block Grant program when Congress reauthorized the Farm Bill.

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  • February 2014
  • Saving AG Land from Drying Up Takes Teamwork

    Because of agriculture, Ventura County has a unique beauty, heritage, community and economy — but our community depends on reliable access to fresh water. Without it, our rivers dry up and our crops cannot grow.

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  • January 2014
  • October 2013
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    Brownley Applauds Important Next Step for the Farm Bill

    Today, Representative Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) expressed her relief that the Farm Bill will move to conference, an important next step in passing a final Farm Bill that supports farmers and growers in Ventura County and keeps food prices affordable for families.

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  • September 2013
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    Brownley Votes to Protect Food and Support for Ventura County Families

    Today Representative Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) voted against the More Hunger, Less Opportunity Act (H.R. 3102), which would slash nearly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program that primarily helps feed children, seniors, the disabled, and our veterans.

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