Helping you grow and market your products
During 2013, Farm Bureau:
- Hosted a first-of-its-kind meeting among beekeepers, farmers and representatives of public and private organizations, to discuss how to improve honeybee populations by allowing beekeepers access to more bee forage on both public and privately managed land.
- Supported removal of the gray wolf as a listed species under the federal Endangered Species Act and participated on an advisory committee with other livestock groups as state officials prepare a wolf management plan.
- Submitted comments supporting proposed rules for country-of-origin meat labeling, saying the rules would provide shoppers with valuable information.
- Worked with allied organizations and the California Highway Patrol to avoid disruption in the movement of agricultural products, as the CHP extended a provision that continues current rules for securing farm goods on trucks while a federal agency finalizes new regulations.
- Successfully sought a temporary waiver from federal trucking rules that could endanger livestock, by working with other livestock organizations to seek changes to regulations requiring rest breaks of specified length for truck drivers.
- Avoided a county-by-county patchwork of rules governing community-supported agriculture operations, by successfully advocating for legislation to establish a statewide definition and food safety procedures.
- Remained active on many fronts to support continued use of fumigants needed to clean soil for producing crops, and encouraged continued research on methods for attacking soil-borne pests.
- Surveyed livestock owners on their preparation for fires, floods or other emergencies, and shared findings with officials working on disaster planning for farm animals and their owners.