McCarthy Statement on Passage of the Farm Bill
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after House passage of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the “Farm Bill”:
“Kern County and Tulare County are the most productive agricultural communities in the State of California. I want to keep it that way, which is why I voted for the Farm Bill passed by the House today.
“The Farm Bill provides American farmers and ranchers with the resources they need to continue feeding the world. It funds new programs to reduce agriculture-related emissions in the Central Valley, eradicate pest and disease threats to California’s citrus and specialty crops, and promote agricultural exports.
“The Farm Bill also extends programs to help farmers—including citrus growers, beekeepers, and ranchers—cope with disasters. It gives dairy producers more flexibility to enroll in safety-net programs when milk prices are down.
“I am especially pleased that the Farm Bill includes provisions I authored that would allow the Forest Service to export dead timber from our National Forests. With over 129 million dead trees in California’s National Forests, including the Sequoia National Forest, this reform will improve forest health and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.
“I am proud of the work Congress has done to help California’s farming communities. This Farm Bill will bear good fruit for our farmers, ranchers, and workers in the years ahead.”