The California Farm Bureau Federation has developed a Compliance Guide for Surface Water Measurement and Reporting. In 2015, Senate Bill 88 was enacted into law and the State Water Resources implemented the regulations. There are many challenges and changes for water users. The complexity of the regulations and tight deadlines make it very challenging to understand, let alone comply with, the new requirement. CFBF has developed this Compliance Guide as a resource to help farmers and ranchers gain a working knowledge of the new measurement and reporting requirements. This guide is for Farmers and ranchers who divert and use water from a surface water source such as a lake, creek, stream or river. Generally anyone who has surface water rights will be affected. This guide is available to our Agricultural members. Please call Heather Engstrom at 209-295-3366 for a copy to be mailed to you.
Act Now to Stop Massive Tax Hike
Last week Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a deal to raise gas taxes and vehicle fees. SB 1 (Jim Beall, D- San Jose) is the legislative vehicle for this tax hike to generate more than $52.4 billion annually for repairing California’s system of streets, highways and bridges, as well as to increase mass transit. A significant portion of the funds will be spent on public transportation, walking and biking trails, and commuter corridors.
The proposed bill will create the following: •Increases diesel excise tax by 20 cents
•Increases diesel sales tax to 5.75%
•Increases gasoline excise tax by 12 cents
•Annual transportation improvement fee based on a vehicle’s value
•Annual fee for zero-emission vehicles fee starting in 2020
•DMV requirement to confirm that diesel vehicles are compliant with or exempt from the Truck and Bus rule prior to initial registration, transfer of ownership or registration renewal.
The bill will be voted on in one or both houses of the legislature on Thursday, April 6. ACT TODAY to urge your state Senator and Assemblymember to OPPOSE SB 1.
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For many years the Farm Bureau has offered a discounted membership for Calstar Air Ambulance. Calstar is now a part of the AirMedCare Network. There are now two options for our members, the air ambulance only option for a discounted rate of $55/year or a combination ground/air ambulance for $190/year. Please read the letter from the Air Med Care Network to get all the information.
For Ground and Air Membership Option, please download the application here.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
The Amador County Farm Bureau awards two $500.00 scholarships to graduating Seniors in Amador County, or college students originally from Amador County, who are pursuing a career in Agriculture or Agriculture-related industries. Students can be attending a 2 or 4 year college or trade school. For students not attending our local high schools, please submit the application, essay and transcripts by March 10, 2017 for consideration.
Students spend the day learning about farms, ranches, and how food gets to the table. They also learn about the biodiversity of Amador’s regions, from timber forests to croplands. There are over 24 interactive stations that satisfy state curriculum standards, demonstrating to the children how agriculture gets from the farm to their forks.
The Amador County Farm Bureau is a non-government non-profit membership organization. We work to promote and protect farm, ranch and forestland for the production of agricultural products in Amador County.We advocate on behalf of agricultural producers at all levels of government to allow our family farmers to continue producing the agricultural products that we all require.
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