Sending Office: Honorable Rick Larsen
Sent By:
Katy.Nazaretova@mail.house.gov

Support Specialty Crop Funding in FY19

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in a letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration in support of robust funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative in FY19.

In 2012, specialty crops alone contributed $57.6 billion in sales to the U.S. economy. As a whole, U.S. agricultural crop production is valued at $212.4 billion. However, while they represent nearly a quarter of the value of crops grown in the United States,
specialty crops have been historically underfunded in the federal research budget over the past three decades.

To join us in signing the letter, below, please contact
katy.nazaretova@mail.house.gov
 in Rep. Larsen’s office or
jeff.sands@mail.house.gov
in Rep. Yoho’s office by March 14, 2018.

Sincerely,

 

/s                                                                      /s

Rick Larsen                                                     Ted Yoho

Member of Congress                                       Member of Congress

 


 

March XX, 2018

 

 

The Honorable Robert Aderholt

Chairman

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

2362-A Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Sanford Bishop

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Bishop:

We write to ask for robust funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) in the Fiscal Year 2019 Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Relevant Agencies Appropriations
bill.

Specialty crops are an integral part of the economy and character of the United States. In 2012, specialty crops alone contributed $57.6 billion in sales to the U.S. economy. As a whole, U.S. agricultural crop production is valued at $212.4 billion. However,
while they represent nearly a quarter of the value of crops grown in the United States, specialty crops have been historically underfunded in the federal research budget over the past three decades.

Congress created SCBGP in 2006 and SCRI in 2008 to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by making available competitive research grants to increase food safety, access to healthy food and profitability and sustainability. Specialty crops are comprised
of a diverse range of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, all of which face unique research needs spanning crop inputs, pest pressures, harvesting technologies, portability and food safety issues, among other needs.
Strengthening the existing research programs not only helps this industry stay competitive in the global marketplace, it has also generated thousands of U.S. jobs including growers, packers, shippers, marketers and retailers.

Congress should continue to help the American agriculture community by providing the resources farmers need to bring their crops from their farms to kitchen tables across the country. Thank you for your continued support for the Specialty Crop Block Grant
and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative.

 

Sincerely,

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