Jun 19, 2023Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance endorses disaster relief, mechanization bills
The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA), a national coalition of more than 200 specialty crop organizations representing growers of tree nuts, fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, nursery plants and other products, endorsed the following legislation that will be considered during the 2023 Farm Bill discussions.
Fair Access to Agriculture Disaster Programs Act
Fair Access to Agriculture Disaster Programs Act, introduced by U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (CA‐19) and Kat Cammack (FL‐03) and sponsored by U.S. Representatives Austin Scott (GA‐08), Zoe Lofgren (CA‐18), John Duarte (CA‐13), Nick Langworthy (NY‐23), and Chuck Edwards (NC‐11).
Specialty Crop Mechanization and Automation Research and Development Program
Specialty Crop Mechanization and Automation Research and Development Program, sponsored by U.S. Representatives Doug LaMalfa (CA‐1), Salud Carbajal (CA‐24), Max Miller (OH‐ 7) and Abigail Spanberger (VA‐7).
The SCFBA was established to advocate for broad‐based Farm Bill policy initiatives to address the unique needs of a diverse sector of the agricultural economy, known as specialty crops and to aid their overall competitiveness in the face of increasing imports and rising global pressures on American exports.
It is led by co‐chairs Mike Joyner, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association; Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers; and Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council, along with Robert Guenther, chief public policy officer for International Fresh Produce Association, who serves as secretariat for the Alliance.
“The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance appreciates the work by members of the U.S. House of Representatives for supporting and prioritizing specialty crops as discussions continue surrounding the 2023 Farm Bill,” the SCFBA co‐chairs said in a joint statement. “Both of these bills align with the Alliance’s recommendations released earlier this year and support a stronger future for the industry, helping to ensure its competitiveness in the domestic and global marketplace.”
Specialty crop production, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery and greenhouse commodities, contributes significantly to the U.S economy, accounting for $64.7 billion in farm gate value and 30% of farm cash receipts for crops.