The Assembly Agriculture Committee Records consist of 32 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records reflecting the committee's
activity in investigating and introducing legislation of concern to California's large agricultural community and the subsidiary
industries that support it.
"The Constitution makes it the duty of the Legislature to encourage agriculture, that first and noblest of all industrial
pursuits," declared Governor Peter H. Burnett to the first session of California's Legislature (Senate Journal, December 21,
1849). Not surprisingly then, Agriculture was one of the Assembly's original ten standing committees. Over the last century
and a half, the committee's interests have gone from establishing favorable conditions for the development of agriculture
to protecting what has become a multi-billion dollar agribusiness industry.
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