Welcome to the Farm Bureau!

The Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership, non-profit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent the commodities grown in our county.   It has a historic, ongoing, close working relationship with the U. C. Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Commissioner. 

Farm Bureau advocates on behalf of the agricultural community, speaking out on local, state and national issues that affect the agricultural commodities we raise and provide. We also promote education of our members and the community on agricultural-related issues and support agri-tourism.

The Farm Bureau's mission is to 'Protect, encourage, and enhance economic opportunities and social viability for El Dorado County farmers, ranchers, and foresters', while representing the needs and interests of all El Dorado County farming families. 

Announcements - El Dorado County

Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Ruling Impacts

Handouts for Farm Bureau Members:

The first handout, “Will Your Property Be Affected by the Waters of the U.S. Rule,” was prepared by CFBF with the help of a consultant who is familiar with California-specific jurisdictional determinations under the Clean Water Act.  The two-page checklist handout provides some key questions for members to think about when determining if their property contains a water of the U.S.

The second handout, “Farming and Ranching Under the New Waters of the U.S. Rule,” was prepared by AFBF and illustrates types of farming and ranching activities that may trigger Clean Water Act liability. 

Log on to www.cfbf.com for more information.  Handout links listed below:
AFBF Impacts to Farming and Ranching 8-17-15.pdf

Landowner WOTUS Checklist 8-25-15.pdf

 
Critically Important: Key Legislative Bills for Farming & Ranching

CFBF 2015 Key Bills.pdf  Your California Farm Bureau team has been working hard this session to advance legislation that will help your family farms and ranches while fending off legislation harmful to California agriculture.  However, we need your help too as we enter the final phase of the legislative session.

Please take a look at the important dates below and the list of key bills with corresponding talking points.  Since the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014, Farm Bureau staff has been working tirelessly to improve our groundwater adjudication system.   There are currently three proposals, including AB 1390 (Alejo), which is sponsored by Farm Bureau.  AB 1390 has attracted 3 lead authors, 7 principal coauthors and 11 coauthors, a total of 20 Legislators representing both parties and both houses of the Legislature.

On the other hand, we are also facing legislation that could significantly increase the cost of doing business, expand the regulatory requirements of doing business in California all the while opening businesses up to increased opportunities for frivolous lawsuits.

The end of the legislative session moves fast and there is a chance that more items could be added to the list as we progress through the next month.  We will be providing ongoing information to you and FARM TEAM members. Updates will also appear in the “Capitol Alert” feature series in Ag Alert when the legislature returns in August.  

Key dates: 

State Legislature returns to Sacramento on August 17 for the end of the legislative session

Legislature has until September 11 to take final action on bills

Governor has until October 11 to sign or veto bills

 
California Water Commission: Water Storage Public Meetings Calendar
Resilient Federal Forests Act
The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced the bipartisan Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (HR 2647) to give the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and legal tools to make federal forests less vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire, insects and disease through active management. BILL PASSED!! 
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Around the Golden State

Wed, 27 May 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Cherry harvest nears the finish line, Invading stinkbug threatens crops, Website aims to stop pests from entering

Wed, 20 May 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Reduced California rice plantings aid competitors, Drought-tolerant wheat varieties show promise, Strategy aims to benefit bees

Wed, 13 May 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Farmers visit nation's capital, Thefts disrupt farms' irrigation, Study shows economic boost from food processing, Guidelines help hikers, cattle coexist

Wed, 06 May 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Forum airs effects of drought, Report gauges drought impact on vegetables, Insect population rise, Resolution supports domestic flowers

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:00:01 -0700

Water shortages to be on the agenda, Recycled water to be studied, Conservation award accepts nominations, More schools feature California-grown food

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