Rep. John Garamendi speaks at a town hall meeting at Dixon City Hall in January (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

Rep. John Garamendi speaks at a town hall meeting at Dixon City Hall in January (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

Solano County

Garamendi recommended for House Ag Committee

By From page A3 | November 28, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, is expected to be named Wednesday to the House Agriculture Committee.

Garamendi was recommended Tuesday and the official approval is likely to happen at the Democratic Caucus meeting, according to a press release from Garamendi’s office. He will take part in negotiations on the farm bill, which could be voted on in December.

Joining the committee meant resigning from the House Natural Resources Committee, which Garamendi did Tuesday.

“Passing a good farm bill is very important to the family farmers in my district, and the nutrition assistance in the farm bill provides vital help to struggling families throughout California,” Garamendi said in the release. “As a farmer and rancher, I know we need to get this done, and I will work around the clock to make sure California specialty crops and commodity programs are protected.”

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Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • Rick WoodNovember 28, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    So much of the Farm Bill is devoted to subsidizing commodity crops in other parts of the country, there is little for California and all its specialty crops. Our farmers may not need subsidies so much, but they and their land still need to be treated as the important national assets they are. So let’s set a new priority: To establish “sustainable agriculture” in California and elsewhere in the country. It's a matter of maintaining our strategic advantage in agriculture, and it can even be considered a national security issue. Once land is lost (not sustained) for agriculture, it doesn't come back easily, if at all. Much can be done on the national level. But too little is being done. The Farm Bill needs a new focus on making agriculture sustainable everywhere possible, not just in the large commodity areas. I hope Mr. Garamendi becomes an advocate for this new priority.

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  • RichNovember 28, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    Why wouldnt farmers engage in proper land and soil management practices in the first place? Why do they need big government telling them what to do when its to their advantage to make their business as productive and sustainable as possible? Sounds like there's something wrong here. Garamendi is a rancher anyway with nut/fruit tree groves on the side. We recently learned that the USDA is involved with direct talks with the Mexican Government in giving illegal aliens foodstamps--at our expense. This is what Garamendi wants--subsidization and complete capitulation to illegal immigration. Thats what you Californians voted for because thats what you like.

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