Helping you grow and market your products
During 2015, Farm Bureau:
- Monitored the ongoing implementation
of the federal Food Safety Modernization
Act, with the goal of assuring food safety
through practical, effective on-farm rules.
- Led a coalition of California agricultural
organizations that successfully supported
trade-promotion authority for the president,
which enhances ability to negotiate
agreements that improve agricultural trade.
- Encouraged the California
congressional delegation to support the
Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would
reduce barriers to agricultural trade among
the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
- Informed congressional
representatives, government agencies and
media of the negative effects of a West
Coast port slowdown; joined a coalition
to reform labor laws in ways that would
reduce the likelihood of future slowdowns.
- Supported creation of a national
standard for labeling of genetically
engineered foods, to avoid a patchwork of
varying state laws.
- Sought revisions to federal dietary
guidelines on dairy and beef consumption
that had included “sustainability”
- Participated in state and federal
working groups to assure use of the most
effective practices to combat any new
pests and to enhance disease detections.
- Successfully advocated for Congress
to assure continued rail movement of
goods by extending the unrealistic deadline
for installation of “positive train control”
- Helped assure movement of
agricultural products by working with other
groups and the California Highway Patrol
to extend rules for securing farm goods on
trucks while new federal regulations are
finalized; successfully sought an exemption
for hours-of-service rules for drivers
moving bee colonies.