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HR-20 (2019-2020)



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HR20:v99#DOCUMENT

Revised  March 18, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution
No. 20


Introduced by Assembly Members Eggman and Mathis
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Flora, and Gray Gray, Bauer-Kahan, Berman, Bigelow, Bloom, Boerner Horvath, Bonta, Brough, Burke, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Cooley, Cunningham, Dahle, Daly, Diep, Fong, Frazier, Friedman, Gabriel, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gonzalez, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove, Kiley, Lackey, Levine, Limón, Low, Maienschein, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Patterson, Petrie-Norris, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Ramos, Rendon, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Blanca Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Smith, Mark Stone, Ting, Voepel, Waldron, Weber, Wicks, and Wood)

March 11, 2019


Relative to California Agriculture Day.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 20, as introduced, Eggman.

WHEREAS, March 20, 2019, is designated as California Agriculture Day, a day of celebration to commemorate agriculture’s importance in our daily lives, its vital role in keeping Californians nourished, and its role in keeping the state’s economy ranked as the fifth largest in the world; and
WHEREAS, The theme of California Agriculture Day 2019 is “Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Agriculture Leadership,” in recognition of the past 100 years of agricultural innovation and growth that have made California the top agricultural state in the nation; and
WHEREAS, California has been the top agricultural state in the nation for more than 60 consecutive years, producing more than 400 crop and livestock products and accounting for approximately 50 percent of the nation’s supply of fruits, vegetables, and nuts; and
WHEREAS, The inexhaustible efforts of millions of farmworkers throughout California’s history have contributed greatly to the success of California’s agricultural industry; and
WHEREAS, California’s agricultural community relies on a vital infrastructure that aids in the exclusion and early detection of plant and animal pests and diseases that impact public health, the environment, and commerce; and
WHEREAS, With less than 2 percent of California’s population engaged in farming and agriculture, each agricultural worker today provides for more than 100 other people, compared to just 13 in 1947; and
WHEREAS, Today’s agricultural industry offers over 300 challenging and rewarding career opportunities, from on-farm cultivation to food science and engineering; and
WHEREAS, Over the past seven decades, advances in agricultural production have caused a drop in consumer spending on food products from 22 percent of average household disposable income in 1949 to 11 percent today; and
WHEREAS, California is the nation’s leader in agricultural exports, shipping $20.56 billion of food and agricultural commodities around the world in 2017; and
WHEREAS, California’s agricultural industry constantly seeks to incorporate the latest scientific and technological production and marketing techniques to meet changing consumer needs and the demands of complex world markets; and
WHEREAS, Public-private partnerships are continually being developed to improve quality and ensure safe handling practices on the farm, in transit, and during processing; and
WHEREAS, California consumers say that it is important to them to purchase food items grown in the state and have demonstrated increasing support for farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture programs, and Farm to School programs; and
WHEREAS, A broad approach to agricultural education is vital to ensure that California agriculture continues to flourish; and
WHEREAS, California is estimated to lose 500,000 acres of agricultural land by 2050, including more than 300,000 acres of highly productive irrigated cropland, and the state should therefore continue to engage in conservation efforts to preserve California’s agricultural heritage; and
WHEREAS, It is appropriate for all Californians to recognize our farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, and others involved in providing such a bounty to our nation and the entire world; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes and honors all those who work in California agriculture for their dedication and productivity by observing Thursday March 14, 2019, as National Agriculture Day and designating Wednesday, March 20, 2019, as California Agriculture Day; and be it further
Resolved, That Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
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