Celebrate California Agriculture Day and Choose California Grown!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) today celebrated Ag Day at the State Capitol by encouraging Californians to choose California grown produce. “We are a state which grows more than 400 different agricultural products and we employ more than 465,000 workers. I am extremely proud, and I know my district and all of California is proud, to be rich in agriculture!” In 2015 alone agricultural products in California were valued at more than $47 billion. California is currently the nation’s largest agricultural producer. “We need to support our local farmers, ranchers, and employers: they all depend on their fellow Californians to support them,” said Caballero.

Legislators honored sponsors of Ag Day including: California Women for Agriculture, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Participating in the event were farmers, ranchers, rodeo enthusiasts, and commodity groups. The main focus of the event was to encourage education and agricultural literacy while celebrating the event’s theme CA Grown: Ag Proud. Visitors enjoyed interacting with farm animals, sampling locally grown treats, and interacting with agricultural business owners.

Celebration of Agriculture Day hit the ground running early this week. On Monday, Caballero designated Wednesday, March 22nd as California Agriculture Day. Local growers and organizations supporting agriculture could be seen making their rounds throughout the Capitol and meeting with legislators to highlight and support the importance of Ag Day. For Caballero this is an exciting moment. In the 30th assembly district alone, the Salinas Valley is known as the Salad Bowl of the World (producing 80% of the nation’s lettuce), Gilroy is hailed as the Garlic Capitol of the World, Morgan Hill is a premium wine producer, and Watsonville is celebrated for its large production of berries. In San Benito County, distinct wines made from grapes grown in the valley, while Hollister enjoys some of the most fertile grounds in the world and produces many healthy foods such as apples, apricots, grass fed beef, olive oil, and walnuts, to name a few.

Assemblymember Anna Caballero welcomes and thanks all the sponsors and participants of Ag Day! As the Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee Caballero encourages our state to choose California, and hopes to continue working with her colleagues in the legislature to address the challenges that our state’s farmers, growers, producers, and workers continue to face. The Assemblymember has introduced AB 822, which creates a purchasing preference for state-owned and state-run institutions to buy California grown agricultural products. Today the bill passed out of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review and has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.

Assemblymember Anna 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.