Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, released a letter on Thursday that was sent to farm bill conference committee leaders, requesting that language be included in the final version of the 2013 Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act that would help farmers protect themselves from financial losses due to federal quarantines.
The letter was signed by more than 20 agricultural organizations nationwide, including the California Farm Bureau Federation, California Citrus Mutual and the Western Growers Association.
“I have heard from local farmers in the Central Valley how devastating losses due to federal quarantines can be,” McNerney said in a news release. “Just two years ago, we had an invasive pest cause one of these quarantines, costing farmers and growers nearly an entire season’s revenue.”
The House and Senate have appointed conferees — a group of members of Congress from the House and Senate that will work toward finalizing a version of the farm bill.