Managing production costs
During 2014, Farm Bureau:
- Helped persuade the governor to veto a bill that would have effectively required an employer to implement a union contract imposed through arbitration by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, by making an appeal of such an order nearly impossible to win.
- Joined in a settlement of a general rate case with Pacific Gas & Electric Co., determining how costs are allocated among types of customers and helping farmers avoid millions of dollars in higher energy costs.
- Played a key role in developing plans to help electric customers aggregate the electric load of multiple accounts for purposes of net metering.
- Actively participated in California Public Utilities Commission proceedings regarding implementation of a net-metering measure, and by doing so protected farmers’ and ranchers’ investments in solar-power generation.
- Helped defeat a split-roll parcel tax proposal that would have allowed school districts to impose unlimited tax increases on owners of farmland and other commercial property.
- Worked to prevent legislation that would have allowed employees to place liens on personal property based on allegations they were not properly paid, without requiring a neutral party to decide the merit of the claim.
- Thwarted a plan in Congress that would have forced small and medium-sized farmers to make a costly move from cash accounting to the accrual method.
- Worked with a federal agency to implement new crop-insurance programs that will benefit growers of California specialty crops.
- Amended state legislation to prohibit use of certain rodenticides so that it applied only to specific, state-protected wildlife areas
- Supported efforts to delay implementation of state climate-change law that could subject Californians to unpredictable variations and increases in fuel costs.
- Helped prevent state legislation that would have established a new fee on rail shipments of oil and hazardous materials.
- Engaged in discussions with the Cal/OSHA Standards Board about possible requirements for light at night-time agricultural worksites in order to avoid requirements that would be better suited to indoor industrial worksites.
- Successfully opposed legislation to require another increase in the California minimum wage only a year after the most recent increase passed the Legislature.