Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today held an informational hearing of the California Senate Committee on Agriculture, which he chairs. The hearing covered the impact the state’s regulations have on the agriculture industry.
“Today’s hearing was a great opportunity for me to hear directly from those involved in the agriculture community exactly how they are impacted by state regulation,” said Senator Cannella. “California agriculture is the most regulated in the nation, requiring farmers and ranchers to comply with everything from environmental quality to product maturity standards. With a slow state economy and the state budget far into the red, it is important that we look closely at our regulations to ensure that they are accomplishing their goals without being needlessly burdensome.”
California supports a $47 billion agriculture economy, the fifth largest in the world. The hearing covered California’s regulatory climate and specific regulations impacting growers and processors both locally and statewide. Testimony was heard regarding the state’s interaction with the industry in ensuring the goals of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, are met while allowing for the future of California agriculture’s processing industry. The hearing also focused on the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s attempt to renew the conditional waiver for waste discharge from irrigated lands, which has the potential to have significant impact on the local agriculture industry.
Testifying at the hearing were representatives of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Air Resources Board, the California and Monterey County Farm Bureaus, and food processing companies, among others.