Making our voice heard
During 2014, Farm Bureau:
- Assured top California priorities were included in the 2014 Farm Bill, including funding for animal- and plant-health programs, research, marketing, food assistance and for the Air Quality Initiative, which assists farmers in paying the cost to comply with air-quality regulations.
- Helped persuade the Food and Drug Administration to revise proposed rules for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act and sought additional revisions that are more realistic for farming operations.
- Continued to press Congress to enact immigration reform that addresses the needs of farmers, farm employees and the economy, while enhancing border security.
- Sought increased and more-secure funding for wildfire research and suppression; successfully sought expedited environmental review for removing dead trees from land burned in the Rim Fire.
- Generated more than 11,000 emails and letters to elected officials and government agencies via 18 FARM TEAM Action Alerts, which provided FARM TEAM members with background and discussion points on key issues.
- Supported farm- and business-friendly candidates for public office, thanks to contributions to FARM PAC®; 94 percent of candidates supported by FARM PAC were successful in the general election.
- Represented farm employers’ serious concerns about proposed revisions to the state Heat Illness Prevention Standard.
- Worked successfully to correct inadequacies in a bill seeking to protect female farmworkers from jobsite sexual harassment.
- Supported successful state legislation clarifying that taking an action required by federal law—such as declining to hire someone not legally eligible to work in the U.S.—is not a violation of California civil rights law.
- Joined in a successful petition to remove the Modoc sucker fish from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act and to revise the status of several other species from “endangered” to “threatened.”
- Organized multiple trips to government offices in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, connecting farmers and ranchers directly with elected representatives and officials of government agencies.