February 12, 2024

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New Episode of Stories from California Cattle Country
A new episode of Stories from California Cattle Country, “ON FIRE: With Mike Furlong in Bodega Bay” is out now! Stories from California Cattle Country is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council. To listen to the episode click here

Sen. Pro Tem McGuire Announces Senate Leadership
As reported in last week’s California Cattleman Weekly, Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) has been sworn in as the chamber’s new President pro Tempore. On Thursday, the Senate leader announced his leadership team and committee membership.

Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) has been appointed the chamber’s Majority Leader, the position previously held by now-President pro Tempore McGuire. Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) was appointed as Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, a position that may enable Wiener to negotiate funding to implement his SB 253, the CCA-opposed “Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act” that was signed into law last year (as we reported last month, Governor Newsom’s proposed budget did not include funding to implement the measure).

Leaders on committees most relevant to CCA’s legislative priorities remain largely unchanged by McGuire’s leadership announcement. Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Bakersfield) remains chair of the Agriculture Committee, Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) retains his leadership of the Environmental Quality committee, Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) continues to lead the Natural Resources and Water Committee and Sen. Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) will continue to helm the budget subcommittee overseeing Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy.

For a complete list of Senate leadership, see Senator McGuire’s announcement, here.

FSA Offers Assistance for Winter Storm Damage
On Friday, the California state office of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued an email alert announcing that the agency offers “disaster assistance to assist farmers and ranchers in their recovery efforts following recent heavy rains and flooding.” Impacted ranchers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office for assistance. For more information, see FSA’s Winter Storms page.

UPDATE: Gov. Proclaims State of Emergency in So. California Due to Ongoing Winter Storms
As reported in last week’s California Cattleman Weekly, Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month proclaimed a state of emergency for the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura after an atmospheric river caused significant damage – including significant flooding – on the Central Coast and Southern California.

On Wednesday, Governor Newsom wrote to President Joe Biden seeking a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for San Diego County. If approved, a Major Disaster Declaration would qualify San Diego County residents for federal assistance programs and financial assistance. As of press time, President Biden had not yet acted upon the request.

CalChamber Sues the State Over SB 253 Emissions Disclosure Requirements
The California Chamber of Commerce has announced that it joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups in a lawsuit challenging CCA-opposed Senate Bill 253 (Wiener), the “Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act” signed into law last year. The lawsuit alleges that the legislation compels corporate speech on “controversial political matters” in violation of the First Amendment, intrudes upon the jurisdiction of the federal Clean Air Act in violation of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause and encroaches upon regulation of interstate commerce in violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. For more information, see last week’s edition of California Cattleman Weekly.

Upcoming CCA Events

CCA Steak and Eggs Legislative and Regulatory Breakfast + Lobby Day
March 13, 2024, Sacramento, CA 
Join the California Cattlemen’s Association and other CCA members at the 43rd Steak and Eggs Legislative and Regulatory Breakfast + Lobby Day. Plan to be in Sacramento on Wednesday, March 13. Breakfast starts at 8am! Over breakfast, enjoy sharing about your ranch while meeting representatives from regulatory and legislative offices in Sacramento. Following the breakfast, attendees will head across the street to the state Capitol to continue conversations about ranching in California. To RSVP for the event, email our membership and events coordinator Gracie LeCheminant at gracie@calcattlemen.org or visit our website by clicking here.

2024 Feeder Meeting
May 22-23, 2024, San Diego, CA
The 2024 Feeder Meeting will take place at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront, May 22-23. For further information about the event and to book your room click here.

Upcoming Industry Events

2024 UC Cattle Health Webinar Series Schedule 
UC Cooperative Extension along with UC Davis Veterinary Medicine are offering free online webinars. These webinars cover various topics related to cattle health and management. Below is a list of upcoming webinars.
Feb. 13, 2024:  Beef Cattle Mineral Health, Dr. Gabriele Maier, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Josh Davy, UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Range Advisor
Feb. 20, 2024: Neonatal Beef Calf Health, Dr. Gabriele Maier and Dr. Essam Abdelfattah, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Feb. 27, 2024: Cattle AI Tips for Herd Improvement, Dr. Brett McNabb, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

The session are FREE to participate but registration is required. To register, click here.

UC Beef Cattle Symposium 
March 16, 2024, UC Davis Gladys Valley Hall, Davis, CA
Unversity of California Cooperative Extension, UC Davis Department of Animal Science and UC Davis Veterinary Medicine are hosting a beef cattle symposium on Saturday, March 16, 2024 in Davis, CA. Topics that will be discussed include beef cattle health updates, beef carcass evaluation, emerging breeding technologies and much more. For more information and to register, click here.

2024 Ag Legacy Symposium 
March 16, 2024, Sierra Valley Grange Hall, Vinton, CA
The 2024 Ag Legacy Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 16 in Vinton, CA. The event helps to prepare a farm, ranch or agribusiness for the transition to the next generation. The sessions will cover legal aspects, financial topics, political factors, family dynamics, and provide real life scenarios for you to consider incorporating into your succession plan. Early bird registration is $25 and includes morning refreshments, lunch, and materials. To register and view the agenda, click here.

Industry News

Are cattle a secret weapon for taking on California Wildfires? BEEF“California’s cattle ranchers contribute a significant amount to the region’s culture, economy and food supply, but do they also inadvertently help to temper the wildfires that have been plaguing the state?” To continue reading, click here.

Beef Advocates Recognized During CattleCon24 AgWired “The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) selected Alli Fender, owner of Flying F Ranch in San Diego, California, as this year’s top beef advocate.” To continue reading, click here.

A new episode of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast is out now! In this week’s episode NCBA’s Director of Animal Health and Food Safety Policy Rebecca Barnett sits down with Katie at the 2024 Cattle Con in Orlando. Hear about her journey to Washington D.C. and what issues she is tackling with NCBA. To listen to the episode click here.

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