Rep. TJ Cox Pushes to Protect Central Valley Citrus by Increasing Research

May 26, 2020
Press Release
Rep. Cox advocates for funding that benefits the Central Valley through the Appropriations Process

As the House of Representatives begins work on its annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2021, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) has been actively pushing for Central Valley priorities to be fully funded. In most years, Central Valley communities are ignored in the funding process, despite the fact California’s Central Valley produces the fruits, vegetables, and dairy that feeds the entire country and the world. Rep. TJ Cox is making sure our taxpayer dollars return to the Valley in order to fund the federal programs most critical to our communities. 

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of the Valley and without strong investment at the federal level, they are left defenseless against the challenges they face daily. I know firsthand how important these federal resources are to farmers, farm workers, and ranchers. I am pushing to increase federal funding for citrus research because this industry supports thousands of Central Valley working families.” said Rep. TJ Cox.

Last week, Rep. Cox announced that the financial assistance he pushed for in the first coronavirus relief package will finally be available for ranchers and farmers to apply for. Starting today, the farmers, ranchers, and specialty crop producers hit hardest by COVID-19 can get the help they need to weather the crisis.  

Representative Cox has advocated for Central Valley’s agriculture industry since day one and will continue to prioritize the well-being and needs of farmers, ranchers, and farm workers. 

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