Wednesday, November 9, 2016

California Farm Bureau to seek reforms with new leaders

From the California Farm Bureau Federation:
Facing urgent issues including water supply, trade, immigration and regulatory reform, the California Farm Bureau Federation said today it looks forward to working with the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and with the 115th Congress.

“California farmers and ranchers have seen, on many occasions, how federal government policies can affect their ability to provide food and farm products to customers around the state, nation and world,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “We will provide the Trump administration and the new Congress with our best advice on how federal policies can benefit the economy and environment in rural California.”

Wenger noted that President-elect Trump has spoken frequently about both trade and immigration.

“We’ll make the case to the Trump administration and the new Congress about how reducing trade barriers benefits the rural economy,” he said, “and we’ll discuss ways to assure that farmers and ranchers who depend on an immigrant workforce remain able to provide jobs to those who want them.”

Wenger said the elections renew hope for reform of estate taxes to assure family farms and ranches can be passed smoothly from one generation to the next, and for appointment of federal judges who administer laws fairly in the interest of all Americans. He said Farm Bureau will also ask the new administration and Congress to reform regulations that constrict water supplies and place unnecessary burdens on land management.

“Regulations must be flexible enough to encourage continued production of food and farm products while maintaining the stewardship of our land, air and water that farmers and ranchers pursue every day,” he said. “For example, the Environmental Protection Agency has overreached with a ‘waters of the United States’ rule that greatly expands its authority over farmland, and we hope that regulation will now be withdrawn.”

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 53,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
Pictured are Wenger with then-regional rep Ned Coe, from a Red Bluff dinner several years ago.

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