Half a dozen U.S. congressmen visited Lodi Friday and heard from representatives of the state's specialty crop industry who say foreign competition and invasive pests pose serious threats to their multi-billion dollar industry.
The Congressional hearing, led by Congressman Robin Hayes, R-North Carolina, was the first convened in Lodi since Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, called one to order in 1999 to discuss winegrape cultivation and the wine industry. Hayes is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture.
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