Caballero’s Bill to Support California Grown Products Moves Forward!
SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) presented AB 822. The bill promotes the purchase of high quality agricultural products from California by creating a state purchasing preference.
“This bill supports our local farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers who produce the healthy food that we eat. It’s good for our rural communities and good for the state,” said Caballero. “State institutions spend nearly $1 billion a year on food products. California’s economy benefits when state institutions purchase California grown products,” she added.
Agriculture is a major industry in California. California farmers and ranchers grow more than 400 different high quality agricultural products worth $47 billion, and employ more than 465,000 farmworkers. Additionally, California is a leader in food processing and employs workers to package and distribute consumable products which can be used by state institutions. AB 822 will support the local businesses and their workforce who then spend their money locally, supporting economic development in rural California.
AB 822 will strengthen our states’ agricultural industry and support the thousands of workers who do the work.
Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero is the Chair of the Agriculture committee, of the California State Assembly. She represents the 30th District, composed of the Salinas Valley, parts of Monterey and San Benito counties, South Santa Clara County, and the city of Watsonville.