Monterey County Farm Bureau

Regulate the Regulators

FARMING IS IN JEOPARDY!

New regulations could change farming forever!

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Regulators seek to limit the amount of fertilizer that farmers can use on crops; the next version of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program could significantly alter the use of nitrogen in crop production with severe limits on applications and residuals post-harvest.  Also, proposals for significant vegetative buffers adjoining waterways, creeks, and ditches could fallow large portions of productive farmland and threaten food safety.  Farm Bureau will continue to negotiate for a water quality regulatory program that allows farmers to maintain their safe practices for crop production, and use agronomic science and expert knowledge that supports nitrogen use to refute what the regulators propose from their cubicles.

Groundwater sustainability is required in the next 20 years, as signed into California Law in 2015.  Farm Bureau has been active in forming the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency and the development of the groundwater sustainability plan for the Pressure Sub-basin.  In the coming two years, the remaining sub-basins will need to develop plans that will formulate the methods and projects that will achieve basin-wide sustainability.  Farm Bureau will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that agricultural irrigation is a high priority for our economy.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is the first significant, bi-partisan approach to reforming temporary worker (H2-A) program as well as increasing green card quotas.  This new legislative effort also provides a pathway to documentation for current farmworkers who can demonstrate past and continued employment in Agriculture.  Farm Bureau sees this as a win, even if it isn’t perfect…but we must start somewhere on a national policy level; we will continue to support these types of reforms for the benefit of our members and their employees.

THESE ISSUES (AND OTHERS) WILL IMPACT

MONTEREY COUNTY FARMING!

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