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August 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.) announced that University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) will receive $921,157 from the National Science Foundation. This federal grant will fund the development of new modeling tools to predict ocean acidification impacts on coastal ecosystems.
“Growing up on the Central Coast taught me about the bounty and the beauty of the oceans as well as our responsibility to protect them,” said Rep. Farr. “UCSC has long provided invaluable research to better our community. I’m very pleased to support the National Science Foundation’s work and look forward to supporting healthy oceans and coastal communities as I close out my career in Congress.”
“With this new research grant from the National Science Foundation, we will be able to make substantial advances in our current ability to understand and predict the impact of ocean acidification on California’s diverse marine ecosystem. The development of robust modeling tools will also provide state and federal managers with reliable information to best protect our coastal resources in light of changing climate conditions. To this end, our research group at UC Santa Cruz will be collaborating closely with NOAA’s Environmental Research Division at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Monterey,” said Jerome Fiechter, lead investigator. 
In June 2015, Rep. Farr introduced H.R. 2717, the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring (FOARAM) Act of 2015 to expand the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s work to better understand the economic, social and ecological impacts of ocean acidification. Rep. Farr is also the founder and co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, a bipartisan caucus that is building awareness, and exchanging information and ideas related to the oceans.
Ocean acidification occurs when carbon dioxide dissolves in seawater, leading to the water becoming more acidic. The oceans and Great Lakes have been absorbing carbon dioxide at an alarming rate, resulting in a more than 30 percent increase in ocean acidity in just the past few decades. It is estimated that acidity levels could rise to 125 percent of historic levels by the end of the century. Increased ocean acidification threatens an estimated $350 billion Blue Economy that employs nearly 3 million people in the United States alone.
The grant announcement from the National Science Foundation is available here.

August 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) praised the peace deal reached between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
“President Juan Manuel Santos deserves credit for leading his country towards a new era of peace and prosperity,” said Congressman Farr. “The human cost of this conflict is staggering, but peace is on the horizon. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Medellin, Colombia from 1964 to 1966, I have a deep connection to Colombia and I know peace is long overdue.”
Congressman Farr routinely hosts a Congressional briefing series called, Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diverse array of perspectives to highlight emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere. Recent briefings have focused on Colombia and the peace accord negotiations. 
“After more than 50 years of fighting, 220,000 people have been killed, 80% of whom were civilians, over 5.7 million have been displaced and more than 25,000 have disappeared. If the peace deal is approved by voters in a referendum later this year, it’ll be a momentous day for Colombia, Latin America and for peace,” added Congressman Farr. 

August 18, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the European grapevine moth (EGVM) (Lobesia botrana) has been eradicated from California and the Federal quarantine being lifted on 446 square miles of Napa and Sonoma Counties that have been under regulation since June 2010. A total of 11 California counties were quarantined for EGVM since it was first detected in 2009. In 2011, USDA declared EGVM eradication from Lake County. In 2012, USDA declared EGVM eradicated from Fresno, Mendocino, Merced, San Joaquin, Solano, Nevada, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. 
“After years of coordination between growers, researchers, the federal government, the state of California, and County Ag Commissioners, grapes and other crops can move without restrictions. As the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, I worked to fund the fight against this pest and I’m excited to see our investments in science-based approaches pay dividends so quickly. 
It’s extremely rare to completely eradicate an invasive species, but we did it with timely, robust investments and by working together. As climate change, pests, diseases and other challenges threaten our growers and our agriculture communities, I hope this successful model is replicated.”


August 22, 2016

WASHINGTON – Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.) will join the City of Soledad, Gateway to the Pinnacles, to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Cesar Chavez Park. 

Soledad Mayor Fred Ledesma, Pinnacles National Park Chief Ranger Jan Lemons, Buffalo Soldiers 10th Cavalry Color Guard, Soledad NJROTC Color Guard, Soledad High School Band Snare Drums, community residents, other dignitaries and performers will also participate in the celebration. 
The event starts at 10 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.
In addition to a performance by a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator and a Harris Stage Lines coach display to evoke the early 1900’s, there will be more than 30 interactive, family-friendly exhibits to explore the history of the Salinas Valley, the National Park Service and Pinnacles National Park. 
Following the enactment of a bill authored by Rep. Farr, in 2013 Pinnacles National Monument was elevated to Pinnacles National Park. There are more than 400 national park sites across America, but only 59 are designated as National Parks. As the newest National Park in the library of the National Park System, Pinnacles is helping to drive economic growth through expanded tourism to the region. 
The Buffalo Soldiers were Army regiments comprised of African Americans charged with managing and protecting national park sites and public lands prior to the creation of the National Park Service. Buffalo Soldiers were stewards of conservation and some of our first national park rangers.
This event is open to the public and members of the media are invited to attend. 
U.S. Representative Sam Farr
City of Soledad Mayor Fred Ledesma
Chief Ranger Jan Lemons
Other dignitaries and performers
Community celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial 
Saturday, August 27, 2016
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cesar Chavez Park 
502 Front Street and Soledad Street
Soledad, CA

August 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.) announced that he is now accepting applications for nomination to our nation's service academies. Operated by the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Navy, these academies provide a college education in exchange for a commitment to serve as a commissioned officer.
“Over the years, the Central Coast has sent exceptional students to our nation’s service academies,” said Congressman Farr. “I encourage all those interested to apply. I’m extremely proud of our local students who commit themselves to serving our country. During my 23 years in Congress, nominating these future military leaders has always been a distinct honor and privilege.”
Congressman Farr is retiring at the end of the year, so this will be the last time he’s eligible to nominate students for admission to the service academies.
Candidates must be at least 17 years old but not older than 23 as of July 1, 2016. They must reside in California's 20th Congressional District, be U.S. citizens and must never have been married.
In order to be considered for a nomination, the following information is necessary: 
  • A completed application form, available from Congressman Farr's office or here.
  • A statement of why you wish to attend the military academy for which you have requested nomination. If you have requested nomination for two academies, you need only write on the subject of your primary choice. The statement should not exceed 1000 words.
  • An official high school transcript. The transcript must arrive in an unopened envelope, closed by school officials and stamped with the school seal to ensure the validity of the document. The transcript itself must also be visibly marked with the official school seal.
  • Official Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores or American College Testing (ACT) scores. SAT and ACT scores may either be forwarded to my office by the testing center, or they may be included as part of your official transcript. If you have the scores forwarded by the testing center, my office's SAT Score File Number is 4639 and my office's ACT Score File Number Is 7259.
  • Three letters of recommendation, not from relatives.
DEADLINE: Applicants for the class entering July 2017 must submit all application materials no later than September 30, 2016. All materials should be sent to Congressman Sam Farr, 100 W. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
For any questions about the application or nomination process, please call Congressman Farr’s Salinas office at 831-424-2229.