McCarthy Welcomes U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Bakersfield
This morning Congressman Kevin McCarthy hosted United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Bakersfield with three dozen of our community’s growers and dairies. The meeting was an opportunity for them to speak directly to Secretary Perdue about challenges they are facing from unfair trade practices by other countries, as well as opportunities to expand into new markets for California growers. Congressman McCarthy released the following statement after the meeting:
“As Congressman and Majority Leader my responsibility is to not only have a seat at the table but to bring our community to that table as well. Today’s meeting was an opportunity for our growers to speak to and hear from Secretary Perdue directly on his agency’s priorities to ensure our growers are able to operate in the most competitive regulatory and trade environment possible. The conversation was honest, open, and productive. I am pleased Secretary Perdue made our community a priority and will continue to work with him and the Trump administration to ensure that our region continues to lead in agriculture production."
Farm Policy Background:
The House-passed 2018 Farm Bill included a number of positive provisions for our growing community, including:
- Increasing funding for the EQIP Air Quality Initiative to help farmers replace old equipment;
- Maintaining Market Access Program funding to help farmers export products; and
- Protects funding for specialty crop research, citrus greening research, and healthy plant/pest eradication programs.