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Rick Larsen

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Rick Larsen

Sending Office: Honorable Rick Larsen
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Dear Colleague:

Please join us in a letter to the 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 FY21.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), specialty crops contribute nearly $57.6 billion to the U.S. economy, representing nearly a quarter of the value of crops grown in the United States. However, specialty crops have been underfunded in
the federal research budget over the past three decades.

To join us in signing the letter below, please complete this
FORM
by close of business on March 10th.

For any questions, please contact Samuel Wilcoxson (Samuel.Wilcoxson@mail.house.gov) of Rep. Larsen’s office or Joshua Woodward (Joshua.Woodward@mail.house.gov)
of Rep. Yoho’s office.

Sincerely,

 

/s/                                                                      /s/

Rick Larsen                                                     Ted Yoho

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

 


March XX, 2020

  

Dear Chair Bishop and Ranking Member Fortenberry:

We write to ask for full funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) in the Fiscal Year 2021 Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Relevant Agencies Appropriations
bill.

Specialty crops are essential to the economy and character of the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), specialty crops contribute nearly $57.6 billion to the U.S. economy, representing nearly a quarter of the value of crops
grown in the United States. However, specialty crops are historically underfunded in the federal research budget.

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

Congress must 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 world. Thank you for your continued support for the Specialty Crop Block Grant and
the Specialty Crop Research Initiative.

Sincerely,

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