Congressman Panetta meets with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to discuss veteran farmer programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) participated Wednesday in a bipartisan meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss improving the USDA’s efforts to recruit and train veterans interested in becoming farmers.

“We owe it to our veterans to ensure that they have a smooth transition to a productive career following their military service,” Panetta said. “More needs to be done to ensure that veterans know about the resources, educational opportunities, and apprenticeships available to them through community colleges and four-year universities in our district.”

Panetta, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, joined Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Al Lawson (D-FL), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Tim Walz (D-MN) at the meeting.

Panetta also met with Perdue when the secretary visited the Central Valley in November.