TONIGHT: Ag Town Hall with Secretary of Ag Karen Ross
Assemblyman Dan Logue will host an agriculture town hall meeting with Secretary of CDFA Karen Ross, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tonight at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Yuba City. This will be an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to discuss agricultural issues facing the North State. Assemblyman Logue will hold press availability at 5:30 p.m. prior to the town hall.
NEW! Herger Gas Discount
All current Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau members now receive discounted propane pricing from Herger Gas. Members can take advantage of $1.30 per gallon pricing, and $34 for a year’s 250-gallon tank rental. Includes free tank set and pump over. Contact Herger Gas: (530) 633-2626, 1092 4th Ave, Rio Oso, CA 95674.
Ag Unite Video
For those who could not attend Farm Bureau’s Ag Unite event last Wednesday, the video presentation provided at the lunch can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/68315163. In the video, North State farmers and ranchers Larry Willitson, Darren Titus, Irv Leen, Rich McGowan and Siskiyou County Farm Bureau lawyer Darrin Mercier detail their legal battles with state agencies and regulations. With over 500 guests in attendance, Ag Unite was created to bring Northern California agriculture together in support of funding Farm PAC and CFBF’s new Legal Defense Fund. The Legal Defense Fund will provide a dedicated resource for the sole purpose of providing legal representation to farmers and ranchers in California. For more details, contact Butte County Farm Bureau at (530) 533-1473.
YSFB Supports Public Works Recommendation for Starr Bend Road
Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau wrote a letter (attached) to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors in support of the Public Works Department’s recommendation that Starr Bend Road behind the Feather River levee be abandoned by the county. YSFB cited vehicle impacts to nearby agriculture as matters of concern. The Sutter County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the matter 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. To see the board agenda (item #39) visit: http://bit.ly/11tgkb3
CHP Ag Vehicle Inspection
YSFB and California Highway Patrol will host their annual CHP Ag Vehicle Inspections 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Sikh Temple at 2468 Tierra Buena Road, Yuba City . This will be a no-tickets, no-fines inspection for Yuba-Sutter farmers and ranchers to ensure they are in compliance with truck regulations. Weight of truck and driver licenses will be confirmed for proper driver class. Only agricultural trucks will be inspected; NO commercial vehicles. Trucks must be registered prior to inspection. This will be the only location/date provided by YSFB and CHP for agriculture vehicle inspections this year.
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CFBF Labor Survey
Once again in 2013, California farmers have begun reporting labor supply shortages. To understand the full scope of the problems and where they are occurring, the California Farm Bureau Federation has revised and reactivated a short, online survey. We ask that producers take a moment to complete the survey online at www.cfbf.com/employmentsurvey. It will only take a couple of minutes. Results from the survey will provide CFBF with valuable information to push Congress to act on immigration reform this summer. In 2012, nearly two-thirds of farmers who responded to a similar survey said they experienced challenges finding enough employees to tend and harvest crops.