The American farmer is an integral part of country’s fabric and remains an essential member of communities across the nation. Additionally, the world renowned California agriculture industry is one of the most significant contributors to our state’s economic engine.
Farmers across the country, including California, face serious challenges: pests and disease, a shortage of water, regulatory burdens, and low market prices and unfair trade barriers. The government must address these problems as well as work to expand market opportunities and provide emergency assistance when appropriate and needed. American farmers also need a reliable and affordable source of water, which is why I will continue to advocate on behalf of comprehensive water solutions for California and the rest of the nation. I will also continue to work with our farmers to ensure that American crops are treated fairly by countries that export crops to the United States and that any agricultural products entering the country are free from pests and diseases.
America’s agricultural industry is one of the most capable in the world and their ability to compete and thrive depends on the freedom for them to produce in a fair marketplace and without being severely hindered by conditions beyond their control. Americans need their government to ensure that they will continue to have an affordable, safe and reliable food supply.
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"California citrus and other farmers will be able to receive the assistance they need to get back on their feet and start planning for the next crop," said Rep. Calvert. "I would like to thank the President for providing the much-needed federal help to the State of California and Governor Schwarzenegger for his persistence on this issue."
"Today I am pleased to announce that two priorities for our region have been awarded funding from the federal government," said Rep. Calvert.
The grants include:
$2,000,000 for an Automated Pathogen Tracking System
Awarded by The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology
Recipient: ISCA Technologies, Inc. - Riverside, California
FEMA, Emergency Assistance: www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm
FEMA, Wildfire tips: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/wildfire/wf_before.shtm