This week, the Trump Administration announced it would administer $12 billion in relief for U.S. farmers targeted by retaliatory tariffs from U.S. trading partners.  The Administration’s plan is meant to soften the blow of these tariffs, but California is largely left out of the current relief package.  

Members of California’s Congressional delegation are lobbying President Trump and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to include California’s specialty-crop markets in the final proposal.  Representatives Jeff Denham (R-Stanislaus), Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) David Valadao (R-Kings), Ed Royce (R-Orange), Ken Calvert (R-Riverside), Jim Costa (D-Fresno), Jimmy Panetta (D-Monterrey), Julia Brownley (D-Ventura), Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), and Ami Bera (D-Sacramento) sent a letter to the President highlighting the impact of recent tariffs on California’s specialty-crop markets and asking for support for their state’s producers.