Making our voice heard
During 2015, Farm Bureau:
- Hosted a two-day Campaign
Management Seminar to help Farm
Bureau members interested in seeking
- Issued 13 FARM TEAM Action Alerts
that generated a combined total of more
than 3,300 emails and letters to elected
officials and government agencies.
- Coordinated eight farm tours to show
elected officials and legislative staff
members what farmers and ranchers do at
the ground level.
- Emphasized to Congress the
ongoing need for immigration reform
that benefits farmers, farm employees
and the economy, while enhancing
- Advocated for adequate funding of
fire prevention and suppression activities
through a change in federal budget rules.
- Worked with a coalition to secure
more than $4.1 million in the state
budget for Agricultural Career Technical
- Supported federal funding for vital
services during large-scale animal-disease
outbreaks through the National
Animal Health and Laboratory Network.
- Created a coalition of agricultural
representatives and academics to discuss
and promote the benefits of grazing.
- Encouraged a state agency to offer
guidance to employers trying to comply
with a new paid sick-leave mandate.
- Advocated for streamlining of farm
labor contractor licensing and testing
- Worked with the governor’s
administration and legislators to clarify rules governing piece-rate compensation.
- Encouraged reforms to the federal
Environmental Quality Incentives
Program that would broaden the
- Helped put farmers and ranchers in
direct contact with elected representatives
and government officials by organizing
multiple trips to government offices in
Washington, D.C., and Sacramento.