Standing up against onerous regulation
During 2015, Farm Bureau:
- Urged Congress to oppose the “waters
of the United States” rule that would expand
federal jurisdiction over farmland; created
an online, interactive map to help Farm
Bureau members learn how the rule would
affect their land.
- Played a lead role in stopping the
development of a statewide regulatory
plan that would have affected grazing, by
informing state and regional water boards
about the impacts of the proposal.
- Renewed a recommendation for water-right
holders to pay an annual “fee” under
protest while Farm Bureau pursues a court
case to have the charge invalidated as an
- Monitored the drafting of a new federal
worker protection standard, comparing it to
existing state rules to avoid overlapping or
- Supported efforts to have the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency rethink its
proposed regulations regarding pesticide
use and bee populations.
- Challenged the legal authority of the
state Agricultural Labor Relations Board to
issue a regulation allowing ALRB agents
to trespass on worksites in order to inform
employees about state labor laws.
- Advocated for farm employers
regarding proposed regulations on
nighttime work that could impose
burdensome and costly requirements that
would be difficult to satisfy.
- Supported proposed rules to clarify
and strengthen requirements for petitioning
to protect species under the federal
Endangered Species Act.
- Partnered with other organizations
in a project to boost populations of the
tricolored blackbird in a manner that
encourages the birds to nest in areas
away from dairy farms; welcomed
a decision not to add the bird as a
candidate for state protection.
- Opposed federal threatened-species
protection for the Pacific fisher
and provided comments on proposed
designation of more than 150,000 acres of
land as critical habitat for the yellow-billed
- Urged state pesticide regulators to use
scientific data during analysis of standards
to apply to all agricultural fumigant uses.
- Encouraged members to attend
workshops on proposed changes to rules
regarding pesticide use around schools, to
tell regulators how schools and farms can
- Negotiated language to assure
maintenance of animal health and
welfare during passage of new state law
on agricultural antibiotics; succeeded
in removing language that would
have imposed burdensome reporting
requirements and fees.
- Supported successful legislation
to improve administration of a state fire
prevention “fee,” while continuing to
support litigation that would overturn the
“fee” as an illegally imposed tax.
- Joined litigation to defend existing
safe-harbor levels for lead under state
Proposition 65 regulations, to avoid
unnecessary, expanded warnings of
potential lead exposure.