Emergency Proclaimed for 13 Counties Hit by Severe Winter Weather
Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday proclaimed a state of emergency for 13 counties hard-hit by severe winter storms which began in late February. The proclamation activates the California National Guard and taps “All agencies of the state government” to assist in disaster response and relief efforts in Amador, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Sonoma and Tulare counties.
While the Governor’s proclamation does not currently encompass Humboldt County, CCA is aware that as many as 1,300 head of cattle in that county have been stranded due to severe weather. Efforts are underway by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard to provide feed to stranded cattle, and CCA has been in contact with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Office of Emergency Services about the issue.
CCA encourages ranchers to keep records of any cattle lost due to the severe winter storms as well as excess costs associated with providing feed and water to cattle at this time. Legislative Bulletin will provide further information on available state and federal assistance to impacted ranchers in the weeks to come.
Finally, on Thursday Governor Newsom’s office announced that the State’s tax filing deadline has been extended to October 16 for residents of 51 counties “affected by severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides” during December and January. The move aligns the State with similar extensions announced by the federal Internal Revenue Service.
Feeder Meeting: Register Today Before Prices Increase Tomorrow
Today is the last day to take advantage of the early bird registration price for the California Cattlemen’s Association Feeder Council and Arizona Cattle Feeders Association Meeting. Register by 3/6 to attend at the best price. Prices will increase 3/7. To Register click here.
State and Federal Water Allocations Improve After Water Supply E.O. Issued
In the wake of an executive order issued by Governor Newsom “to extend available [water] supplies, protect water reserves, and maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife,” the State Water Resources Control Board late last month issued an order approving a Temporary Urgency Change Petition filed by the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The agencies filed the petition “to ensure the availability of an adequate water supply” for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. The following day, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that Central Valley Project water users would receive 35% of their water allotment and the California Department of Water Resources announced that the State Water Project would likewise deliver 35% of requested water supplies this year.
For additional information, see last week’s edition of Legislative Bulletin.
FSA Accepting ECP Applications to Restore Damage from Severe Winter Storms
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that it will accept applications through April 14 for Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds to address damages “to eligible farmland, fences, and conservation structures” caused by the series of severe atmospheric rivers which hit the state from late December to mid-January. Producers in 41 California counties are eligible for ECP funds.
CCA encourages producers in non-designated counties who have suffered losses from the winter storms to nevertheless file a notice of loss and an ECP application with their county FSA office. FSA may still review the applications to determine if the loss should be covered by ECP, and FSA may make look into whether a county ought to be designated as eligible under ECP based on the applications it receives. For more information, see the February 13 edition of Legislative Bulletin.
New Episode of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast
A New episode of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast is out now. CCA Vice President of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur joins Katie for the first legislative update of the year. To listen to the episode click here.