WASHINGTON, June 7, 2017 - Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., have joined together to establish the bipartisan Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus, which is dedicated to topics related to agriculture research, innovation, and mechanization efforts. As co-chairs, Panetta and Davis say they hope to educate and engage with their fellow lawmakers on these issues. In a release, they say the Caucus will provide a platform for the two congressmen to elevate challenges facing agricultural producers across the country, especially as Congress prepares to write the 2018 farm bill.

“As a representative of the Salad Bowl of the World, I believe it is of the utmost importance to equip our growers, shippers, and farmworkers with the most effective tools possible,” said Panetta. “Strategic investments in research for plant breeding, crop protections, and mechanization will support the future success of the agriculture industry while also helping to address major concerns relating to resource conservation and labor shortages.”