October 10, 2022

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LAST CHANCE: CCA Internship Applications Due Today
Applications for the 2022 CCA/CCW Convention Internship are due today. Selected interns will help run CCA’s tradeshow booth, onsite registration and other behind the scenes tasks at the event, they will also get to attend select meetings of interest, general sessions and the tradeshow with complimentary lodging and registration. Additionally, the interns will get to interact with CCA leadership and staff, as well as industry leaders at the best attended meeting of the year. To apply please send a resume and cover letter to Maureen LaGrande at maureen@calcattlemen.org by tonight at 11:59pm PST. Applicant must be a young, regular or feeder member of the California Cattlemen’s Association and must be a current undergraduate, master, school of law or veterinary student attending or enrolled in a junior college, four-year college, university or law school (high school students are not eligible). Learn more about the event at calcattlemen.org/convention2022.

SWRCB Updates Curtailments on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Watershed
As of October 5, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) had not imposed any rivershed-wide curtailments for the Sacramento River watershed, but many water rights have been curtailed for tributaries of the Sacramento River. Specifically, curtailments have been imposed on the Cache Creek subwatershed for appropriative water rights with a priority date of 1859 or later, on the Yuba River subwatershed with a priority date of 1927 or later and on the Bear Creek with a priority date of 1942 or later. Curtailments remain on the Putah Creek subwatershed for appropriative water rights with a priority date of 1948 or later.

All appropriative water rights within the San Joaquin River watershed with a priority date of 1919 or later remain curtailed. Additionally, curtailments of appropriative water rights have been imposed on the Calaveras River with a priority date of 1800 or later, on the Stanislaus River with a priority date of 1853 or later and on the Tuolumne River with a priority date of 1914 or later. Curtailments remain for appropriative water rights on the Merced River subwatershed with a priority date of 1859 or later, on the Mokelumne River subwatershed with a priority date of 1890 or later and on the Fresno River subwatershed with a priority date of 1914 or later. Finally, all appropriative and riparian water rights within the Chowchilla River subwatershed remain curtailed.

For questions about curtailment and suspension notices or how to comply, please contact the Rancher Technical Assistance Program at (916) 409-6902 or rtap@wrstrat.com.

Mike Byrne featured on Stories from California Cattle Country 
A new episode of Stories from California Cattle Country, “Mike Byrne in Tulelake” is out now. To listen to the episode click here. Stories from California Cattle Country is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council. If you want a glimpse into our travels, follow the podcasts Instagram account @calcattlecountry.

National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) Beef Industry Scholarship Applications Now Available for Undergraduate Students
Applications for the 2023-2024 CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship are now being accepted. Sponsored by the CME Group the scholarship recognizes students who play a crucial role in the future of food production. To be eligible applications must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two or four-year institution.  The deadline to apply is Nov. 11, 2022 at midnight Central Time. For further information and to apply clickhere

Governor Newsom Takes Final Action on 2022 Legislation
Friday, Sept. 30 was the Constitutional deadline for Governor Newsom to sign or veto any bills sent to his desk as the 2021-22 Legislative Session concluded in the final days of August. While most of CCA’s priority bills have been settled for weeks, Governor Newsom at the end of September did sign three priority bills lobbied by CCA over the past year.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27 the Governor’s office announced that Newsom had signed AB 211 (Committee on Budget) and SB 926 (Dodd).

AB 211, the Public Resources Budget Trailer Bill, contains significant provisions relating to wildfire prevention and drought resilience – including nearly $49 million directed to “activities that support immediate drought response, critical data collection, and agriculture.” AB 211 also incorporates (and expands upon) the operative provisions of CCA-supported AB 267 (Valladares). CCA-supported SB 926 creates and operationalizes the Prescribed Fire Claims Fund, initially funded by $20 million set aside in the FY 2021-22 Budget. If a prescribed fire escapes containment and damages persons or property, the Claims Fund will allow the individual or property-owner to be reimbursed by the State for those damages (rather than seeking restitution from a prescribed fire practitioner or the landowner upon whose land the prescribed fire was set). To read more on these bills, look at last week’s Legislative Bulletin.

On Friday, Sept. 30 the Governor’s Office announced the signing of AB 558 (Nazarian), the Child Nutrition Act of 2022. CCA had initially opposed AB 558, which would have incentivized plant-based foods over conventional offerings (including meat and dairy products) in school meals. CCA was successful in amending the plant-based meal incentives out of the bill, however, allowing the Association to support AB 558 – which now only allows a non-school aged sibling of an enrolled student to receive a school breakfast or morning snack.

Listen to last week’s episode of Sorting Pen “Sorting through CCA’s success in this legislative session” at calcattlemen.org/podcast for a recap on CCA’s legislative successes.

View Workshop Recording Carbon Sequestration on Monterey County Rangelands: Ranching is part of the climate change solution!
Held on Sept. 22 in Salinas, the workshop was put on to inform the Monterey County Climate Action Plan. Guest speakers included, Toby O’Green and Frank Mitloehner from UC Davis and Lynn Huntsinger from UC Berkeley. To view the workshop click here.  

Upcoming CCA Events

106th Annual CCA & CCW Convention
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, Nev.
The 2022 CCA/CCW Convention is headed back to the Nugget Casino Reno and will be held in conjunction with the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention. Attendee and exhibitor registration for the event are now open! Register, reserve your room in CCA’s room block and get more information at https://calcattlemen.org/convention2022. Click the links below for more resources related to the event.
Reserve Your Tradeshow Booth Now | Sponsorship Opportunities  | Book Your Room in CCA’s Block

Participate in the 2022 Cattlemen’s Poster Session 
Participate in the 2022 Cattlemen’s Poster Session at the 106th Annual CCA/CCW Convention and California Cattle Industry Trade Show in Reno happening Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. The goal of the session is to inform attendees about the ongoing beef cattle research and education efforts being conducted in California. Posters can be on something that was presented at previous meetings and there is no limit to the number of posters brought from each lab/program. Click here for full details on how to reserve a place for your poster by Nov. 4.

Upcoming Industry Events

Stockmanship & Stewardship Event 
November 1, 2022, Virtual
Stockmanship & Stewardship will host a virtual education event providing live coverage of low-stress cattle handling and industry updates. Learn of consumer concerns on beef sustainability and livestock welfare, their impacts on the industry and receive hands on training to improve their operation. For more information click here. To register for the event click here.

Chico State University Farm 60th Anniversary Celebration
November 5, 2022

Come and join Chico State University Farm to celebrate their 60th anniversary! There will be an open house, farm tours, President and Dean’s Reception, dinner and dancing. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. To view the agenda click here

Industry News

Wildfires are getting worse. Can Scientists save California’s forests from going up in smoke? Los Angeles Times “This patch of woodland in the northern Sierra Nevada looks idyllic. Dappled sunlight filters through the lush branches of towering pines. Spaces between their slender trunks are thick with saplings.” To continue reading, click here.

Tehama Angus Ranch: A cattle industry icon Corning Observer “It’s 6:30 a.m. and Bryce Borror and his crew are out in the morning dew feeding cows, calves and bulls at the four-generation cattle operation, Tehama Angus Ranch located on Tehama Road in Gerber.” To continue reading, click here.

A Snapshot: What is happening in the USA cattle herd Beef Magazine“The year kicked off with a cattle inventory estimated to be down 2%, thanks to a 2021 calf crop down 2.3% from the previous year, due largely to the pressures brought on by drought and high input costs for feed, fuel, fertilizer and labor” To continue reading, click here.


With Sep. 30 being the deadline for Governor Newsom to act on any legislation from this session, the 2021-2022 Legislative Session is now over. CCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur shares in this episode about the bills CCA sponsored that will become law on the first of the year, a few of the many bills the Association engaged on in this session and other wins for California’s ranching community. To listen to the episode, click here.

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