February 26, 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 Stephanie Larson County Director and Livestock Range management Advisor for the UC Cooperative Extension” 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.

CDFW Releases Five Months of Wolf Depredation Investigation Reports
Earlier this month, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released 31 livestock loss determination reports investigating suspected depredations by wolves between August 23, 2023 and January 3. Among the 31 reports, the Department confirmed that 16 reported incidents were wolf attacks resulting in 22 livestock depredations. In a press release announcing the publication of the reports, the Department also noted that it will soon complete an evaluation of its compensation pilot program after the Department announced last month that applications received to date “are projected to exhaust the current fund.” CCA is actively lobbying the Administration and Legislature to continue funding the Department’s wolf/livestock compensation program. For more information, see last week’s edition of California Cattleman Weekly.

FSA Offers Assistance for Winter Storm Damage
The California state office of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that the agency “has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover from” recent severe storms in the state. For information on available USDA Disaster Recovery Assistance, see FSA’s news release or see last week’s edition of California Cattleman Weekly.

Upcoming CCA Events

RSVP by March 1 for the 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. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 1. 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. March 10 is the last day for early bird registration, prices will increase Monday, March 11. For further information about the event and to book your room click here. To register, 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. 27, 2024: Cattle AI Tips for Herd Improvement, Dr. Brett McNabb, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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

UCCE Offers AB 589 Water Measurement and Reporting Course 
March 15, 2024, 9:00am-12:30pm, Walnut Room, 1834 Walnut Street, Red Bluff, CA
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will offer a water measurement and reporting course, as authorized by CCA-sponsored AB 589 (2017) and SB 880 (2022), on Friday, March 15. Given the limited number of trainings offered in 2024, early registration is encouraged. Registration is $30 and pre-registration is required. For additional details and to register for the training, click here or contact Larry Forero or Sara Jaimes.

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.

UC Davis Young Cattlemen’s Artificial Insemination Clinic
March 25-27, UC Davis Feedlot and Beef Barn
The UC Davis Young Cattlemen’s Artificial Insemination Clinic will take place March 25-27 at the UC Davis Feedlot and Beef Barn. The signup form opens on Thursday, Feb. 22. Spots are filled on a first come first serve basis. To view the flyer click here. For further information and questions reach out to davisyoungcattlemens@gmail.com.

Industry News

California water regulator declines implementing river diversion limits E&E News “The State Water Resources Control Board handed environmental and fishing groups a surprise loss Friday when it denied their petition for permanent instream flow restrictions on the drought-stricken Shasta River in Northern California.” To continue reading, click here.

California to preserve more than 27,000 acres of Central Coast land, home to endangered species SFGate “In a quarterly meeting held Feb. 15, the board awarded a $10.3 million grant to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. The nonprofit group will use the money to protect the Camatta Ranch in Santa Margarita, a family-owned cattle ranch comparable in land area to the entire city of San Francisco. The ranch’s grassland, savanna and shrubs serve as the habitats for hundreds of native California species, including the federally threatened Camatta Canyon amole lily, the endangered San Joaquin kit fox and the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard.” To continue reading, click here.

US regulator drops some emissions disclosure requirements from draft climate rules Reuters “Last year, California adopted a law that will require companies active in the state to disclose Scope 3 emissions as early as 2027. Corporate lobbyists said companies would still be reluctant to disclose Scope 3 emissions in SEC filings, even if they produced them for California, because including such information in securities filings gives grounds for more lawsuits from investors.” To continue reading, click here.

A new episode of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast is out now! In this week’s episode, Vice President of Communications for Rural Minds Julie Lux, shares about the mental health emergency America’s rural communities are facing and provides resources. To listen to the episode click here.

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