San Luis Obispo County Modified Point of Origin Referendum Being Held April 12
The San Luis Obispo County Cattleman’s Association (SLOCCA) will be holding a vote to repeal the Modified Point of Origin (MPO) regulations currently in place in the San Luis Obispo County brand inspection area. Only cattle producers (beef and dairy) that are property taxpayers, lessees or residents of the MPO area are permitted to vote. Voting will take place on April 12, 2022 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Frontier Building at the Paso Robles Event Center (Mid-State Fairgrounds).
In order to proceed with amending California Code of Regulations (CCR), section 850, the proposal to repeal the regulation must be passed by a two-thirds margin of those voting. Only one vote per family, partnership, corporation or other business entity. If you qualify to vote you should plan to attend. To read the code, Google “California Department of Food and Agricultural Code” and scroll down to Sections 21111 through 21112.
If you have questions on the referendum please reach out to San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s President Seth Scribner at scribnerPE@gmail.com.
SWRCB Issues Weekly Curtailment Updates
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) last week updated certain water rights’ curtailment statuses in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed.
Effective last Wednesday, the SWRCB has suspended many curtailments on various Sacramento-San Joaquin tributaries and reimposed curtailments of Project water rights. Specifically, SWRCB has curtailed a “subset of eight post-1914 appropriative water rights associated with the Central Valley Project and State Water Project in the San Joaquin River watershed and in the Legal Delta, including rights in the Upper San Joaquin River and Stanislaus River subwatersheds.”
You can check the status of your water right on the Delta Watershed Curtailment Status List. For more information about drought in the Delta watershed, visit the Delta Drought webpage or email questions to Bay-Delta@waterboards.ca.gov.
On Friday, the SWRCB renewed its temporary suspension of all curtailments in the Scott River watershed through this Friday, March 11, at midnight. The temporary suspension shall remain in place only so long as long as the 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) flow requirement is sustained at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Fort Jones gage. If flows dip below 200 cfs, diversions under the water rights included in the SWRCB’s “List A1” must cease immediately. You can find more information on drought in the Scott River watersheds on the Scott River and Shasta River Drought webpage.
For any questions about curtailment notices or how to comply, please contact the Ranchers Technical Assistance Program at (916) 409-6902 or email@example.com.
CCA-Sponsored Legislation Introduced to Extend Ag Vehicle Exemption to CHP’s BIT Program
Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) has introduced CCA-sponsored Assembly Bill 2415, which would extend by three years the current exemption for agricultural vehicles from the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) program. For more information on AB 2415, see the February 22 edition of Legislative Bulletin. CCA’s other sponsored bill – SB 880 (Laird), which indefinitely extends the availability of water measurement training courses offered by University of California Cooperative Extension – will be heard in the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee tomorrow (see “This Week in Sacramento (and Beyond), above). For more information about SB 880, click here.
Hours of Service Exemptions for Livestock Haulers Extended Through May 31
On February 26, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) once again extended its Expanded Emergency Declaration exempting livestock haulers from compliance with the federal Hours of Service rules that limit drive time. The extension of the modified Emergency Declaration continues the hours of service exemption through May 31. The current Emergency Declaration applies to a limited class of freight, including livestock and finished livestock feed. Those operating under the exemption must report their reliance on the exemption shortly after the end of each month (more information regarding this reporting requirement can be found in a prior Legislative Bulletin report on the exemption). California’s Hours of Service exemption remains in effect, as well.
Final Week to Sign Up for Conservation Reserve Program
USDA has announced that the agency has begun accepting signups for its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP provides landowners financial incentives to “establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland.” Signups for CRP will run through this Friday, March 11. Signups for CRP Grasslands, meanwhile, will run from April 4 through May 13. To sign up for CRP or other USDA assistance programs, contact your county Farm Service Agency. You can find contact information for your county FSA office here.
New Stories from California Cattle Country Episode on Humboldt County
Episode 11 “Lawrence Dwight and Operating on the edge of the Western World” is out now! On this episode we speak with Lawrence Dwight, a fifth generation rancher from Ferndale, about the benefits and difficulties associated with operating in this unique and remote landscape. Dwight descended from Joseph Russ who came to California from Maine in 1850. He was among the first of the pioneers to reach the area, establishing prosperous ranching, butchering, shipping, banking and general merchandise enterprises in Humboldt County. To listen to the episode and see photos from the visit click here.
The episode is also available on a variety of platforms for streaming podcasts. Stories from California Cattle Country is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council.