Managing production costs
During 2015, Farm Bureau:
- Helped farmers avoid millions
of dollars in higher energy costs by
advocating for farmers in electrical rate
cases involving Southern California Edison
Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
- Worked to assure continued viability
of on-farm renewable-energy generation
by participating in state Public Utilities
Commission proceedings on net energy
- Crafted a model agreement with the
Western Area Power Administration to
allow farmers to grow crops successfully
under electrical transmission lines.
- Sponsored successful state legislation
to reduce costs of transferring family
dairies and cattle ranches to the next
generation, by allowing owners of cattle to
add a business partner owning a minority
share without having the herd inspected.
- Worked with other organizations to
secure the governor’s veto of several
pieces of state legislation that would have
imposed unnecessary and costly new
requirements on agricultural employers.
- Advocated successfully for legislation
allowing employers to correct minor
mistakes on paystubs that in the past had
led to frivolous lawsuits.
- Welcomed an appeals-court ruling
declaring unconstitutional the mandatory
mediation and conciliation rules in the
state Agricultural Labor Relations Act;
CFBF and other groups had filed a
“friend of the court” brief in support of
- Joined a coalition to stop legislation
that would have increased the state
minimum wage to $13 an hour while the
economy is still absorbing the most recent
- Helped to stall a proposed state sales
and use tax on services that would have
increased taxes by more than $10 billion
- Led efforts to unify support for
federal tax reforms to benefit farmers
and ranchers; supported extension of
important tax provisions that help farmers
and ranchers remain competitive.
- Called for the completion of a state
management plan for the gray wolf, after
evidence of the predator’s return to
- Advocated for continuation of the
Wildlife Services program that addresses
wildlife damage to farms and ranches;
challenged litigation aimed at blocking
county participation in the program.
- Supported a federal initiative that
stressed cooperative work between
ranchers and government agencies to
benefit the greater sage grouse.
- Sought state investment in roads and
bridges through reordering of existing
budget priorities; opposed a plan to
impose new transportation taxes and fees.
- Successfully opposed a federal
budget provision that would have removed
stepped-up basis for the estate tax and
further complicated the passing down of
family farms and ranches.