McCarthy Lauds USDA Funding Announcement Promoting Kern County and Central Valley Growers
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $200 million in funding through the Agricultural Trade Promotion program (ATP) to assist U.S ranchers and farmers, including many in California, access new export markets as they continue to be negatively impacted by China’s trade retaliation against the United States.
“California feeds the world. We are the largest provider of produce in the country and the fifth largest provider of food and agricultural products in the world. The $200 million administered by the ATP will provide farmers and ranchers in Kern County and the Central Valley much-needed relief to mitigate the effects of China’s retaliatory tariffs, helping to ensure that California remains a global leader in agriculture. This program will give our farmers and ranchers new resources to reach new markets and new opportunities.
“I want to thank U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for visiting, listening, and now acting in support of our agriculture communities and congratulate President Trump in successfully bringing China back to the negotiating table. I look forward to seeing Chinese retaliatory tariffs repealed, and in the interim will continue to work with the Administration to ensure California agriculture remains vibrant and robust.”