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February 10, 2016
 

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s budget includes $30 million to build a new U.S. Agriculture Research Station in Salinas. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., has steadily pushed for a modern facility necessary support the Central Coast’s agriculture community that grows over 150 different types of crops.
 
“The existing station is unable to support the type of cutting-edge research necessary in specialty and organic crops for Central Coast growers to compete in a global market,” said Rep. Farr. “I’m glad the President has made a new research station a priority in his budget and I will keep working with the White House to get this through Congress.”
 
Originally built during World War II, the aging research station is no longer capable of supporting modern research techniques. A 2006 study by the Department of Agriculture determined that the structure was obsolete due to inadequate lab and office space. The study also concluded that it would be too costly and insufficient to renovate the facility and that a new one should be built.
 
Rep. Farr secured enough funding for the project but in 2011, Congress pulled all funding for USDA construction projects.  At the time, a new research facility in Salinas was at the top of the USDA’s project list. The President’s budget would restore funding for the station; reflecting the need for a modern facility in Salinas.
 
“Our local universities want to collaborate with our agriculture community to develop new farming techniques,” said Farr. “This new facility would make that collaboration possible. The Salad Bowl of the World would also be the Science Lab of the World when it comes to agriculture research.”
 
The President’s budget provides $30 million in FY 2017 to build the main lab. Subsequent phases would build additional lab space along with green houses and other supportive buildings. The total project would cost approximately $100 million. 

 


January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., released the following statement in response to President Obama’s last State of the Union address:

“Tonight was not only the President’s last State of the Union; it was my last one as well. I was glad to hear the President’s plan to keep pushing for change in his last year in office because in my final year, I too will not be taking my foot of the gas until next January. 

“When I was elected to Congress, the Central Coast’s economy was dealing with the largest base closure in United States history. At the former Fort Ord, I pushed for a world-class university, a national monument, a veterans’ cemetery and a joint VA-DOD health clinic so we could build a new foundation so our local economy will continue prosper long after I leave office. Likewise, President Obama took office during the largest economic collapse in our lifetime. He spent the last seven years not only rebuilding the American economy but laying the foundation for a better America in the years to come. 

“With only one year left in office, I remain optimistic that our best days truly do lie ahead of us and like the President, remain committed to working to ensure an even better future. Today, the state of our nation and the state of the Central Coast is stronger than it has ever been.”

 
 

January 5, 2016
 
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., released the following statement in support of the President Obama’s executive action to reduce gun violence:
 
“President Obama has listened to the majority of Americans who want our elected officials to finally stand up to the gun industry to stop this constant gun violence in our communities.  As a member of Congress who is proud of his lifetime ‘F’ rating from the NRA, I support this executive action and believe Congress must follow his lead by passing even stronger gun safety laws.
 
“Gun violence has become a daily tragedy here in the United States. Each time the news reports another mass shooting; most members of Congress only offer up prayers of sympathy for the victims yet still refuse to take any action to prevent more victims. That is not genuine sympathy, that is not leadership and it is certainly not what we were elected to do. We have a moral responsibility to act so that families can feel safe again in our country.  I am proud to cosponsor bipartisan gun safety legislation and will do everything I can to turn the President’s commonsense executive action into congressional action.”