Monterey County Farm Bureau

Our Mission Statement

Monterey County Farm Bureau is a non-profit, voluntary organization whose members are farmers, ranchers, landowners, Agribusiness people and other interested parties.  As a leader in the Agricultural industry, Monterey County Farm Bureau’s mission is to promote the well being of agriculture through involvement in education, stewardship of natural resources, public policy development, and the resolution of community  challenges.

We’re there for you … on Water Quality

Adopted in March 2012, the Irrigated Lands Discharge (Ag) Order places onerous requirements on both small and large farms.  Farm Bureau participates in the development of the next Ag Waiver (versions 3.5 & 4.0), while supporting the cooperative groundwater monitoring program and research into technology that will quantify the benefits of on-farm practices.  Farm Bureau continues to work on a statewide solution for nitrates in groundwater that does not include specific, numerical nitrogen application limitations by crop or acreage.  Groundwater is now a major focus of legislators and regulators, and we work to protect your right to continue farming using groundwater resources and current farming practices that protect water quality.

We’re there for you … on Water Rights

Working in cooperation with another agricultural organization, Farm Bureau is protecting Salinas Valley Water Rights against the possible incursions from sustainable groundwater management.  Farm Bureau was a party to the CA Public Utilities Commission hearings for approval of the California American Water desal project including a return water flow agreement that protects the Salinas groundwater basin from harm.

We’re there for you … on Water Use

The Groundwater Sustainability Management Act (SGMA) will impact local groundwater sub-basins and how overdrafts are managed.  Monterey County Farm Bureau was active in the formation of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for our County, working with other stakeholders to secure four Ag seats on this new agency’s Board of Directors.  Farm Bureau involvement in the Sustainability Plan ensures you have a voice.

We’re there for you … on New County Ordinances

Through participation in meetings with County Environmental Health and Planning Departments, strict limits proposed in a new well ordinance have been scrapped. Farm Bureau participated at the Ag Advisory Committee in developing policies for future Ag well drillings; support for on-site energy generation has been included for Ag operations; revisions to the Right to Farm ordinance and the local Williamson Act were reaffirmed; and, support for the continued development of the wine corridor is evidenced through language in the General Plan update.  Farm Bureau monitors all these issues to ensure Agriculture is protected.

We’re there for you … on Air Quality Regulations

Farm Bureau has provided tours and access to local farmers for CA Air Resources Board staff, aiming to provide better understanding of what takes place on the farms and ranches of Monterey County.  As new regulations are developed for farm tractors and other implements, Farm Bureau was successful in negotiating a workable position that provides for extended deadlines for replacement off-road equipment for small farms.

We’re there for you … on Labor and Immigration

As the movement to reform our immigration laws stalls in Washington, D.C., Monterey County Farm Bureau continues to participate in a coalition of national organizations aimed at passing meaningful, comprehensive reforms that include an Ag worker program for CA specialty crops (without a housing requirement).  We continue to press for an administrative pathway for those workers already within our borders to obtain documentation to work here legally and cross borders safely so they can travel to their native homes.

We’re there for you … on Crop Protection Tools

As part of the coalition that worked on fumigants locally, we remain committed to the continued safe use of crop protections tools that sustain our yields, control exotic pests as they are detected, and maintain healthy soils and natural resources for local crop production.  On-going dialogue with community health and education organizations highlight the safe use of crop protection tools when in proximity to our schools.  Farm Bureau continues to work to protect the tools necessary for production.

We’re there for you … on Inheritance Taxes

Farm Bureau was instrumental in securing extensions of the inheritance tax exemption levels, as well as a modified tax rate; work continues to ensure that the family farm can stay in the family for future generations.