June 3, 2024

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CCA Priorities Continue to Fare Well at House of Origin Deadline
May 24 was the house of origin deadline in the State Legislature, the date by which bills had to advance out of the chamber in which they were introduced to remain viable in the 2023-24 Legislative Session. Notably, all CCA-supported bills successfully advanced out of their chamber of origin by Friday and remain viable. While several CCA-opposed bills also advanced to the second house, many advanced only after bruising floor votes, placing CCA in an advantageous position to secure favorable amendments to those bills – or continue seeking their defeat – in the second house. For additional details about the house of origin deadline, see last week’s edition of California Cattleman Weekly. For more information about the bills CCA is lobbying at the Capitol this year, see the May/June edition of California Cattleman.

Sonoma-Marin Cattlemen’s Association Member’s to be Recognized at Sonoma County Farm Bureau Love of the Land Event
From the Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Sonoma County Farm Bureau will honor a group of agricultural leaders at their annual Love of the Land celebration on July 11th at The Pavilion at Richard’s Grove, La Crema Estates & Saralee’s Vineyard.

Those being honored that evening are Cheryl LaFranchi, Farm Bureau Hall of Fame Inductee, Weber Family Farms, recipient of the Luther Burbank Conservation Award, the Carinalli Family of Sebastopol, named Farm Family of the Year, and Sam Dolcini, Friend of Farm Bureau.

Love of the Land is a mid-summer celebration honoring agricultural award winners leading the way to preserve Sonoma County’s rich farming heritage. The evening begins at 4:30 pm with the Sonoma Grown reception, where guests mingle, enjoy local food and beverages, and pursue the silent auction. Following the reception, guests pass through the wine country BBQ buffet and take their seats in preparation for the program & live auction. Funds from this event further Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s mission of preserving agricultural lands through advocacy and special programs and providing agriculture education for youth of all ages.

The mid-summer celebration is open to anyone who wants to join in honoring the agricultural award winners.

Tickets for Love of the Land are on sale now. For more information on the event and ticketing, visit www.sonomafb.org or call 707-544-5575. To view the informational flyer click here.

Upcoming Deadlines for Air District Grants
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) provides $60 million annually in grant funding to repower or replace older off-road and on-road equipment through the Carl Moyer Program. The program is administered by each of the 35 local air quality districts and often can provide funding to replace or repower ag equipment such as loaders, tractors, and pump engines. However, each district has some degree of latitude in how they administer the program, including the application process. While some districts accept applications on an ongoing basis, others have short application periods.

The Rancher Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) has compiled a list of these application periods and can help ranchers navigate the application process. Reach out to RTAP at (916) 409-6902 or rtap@wrstrat.com if you would like to know when your district’s application period is open or learn more about the Carl Moyer Program.

Air Quality Districts with upcoming Carl Moyer Program application deadlines: 

Ventura County APCD – Closes 6/21/24

Upcoming CCA Events

Register for Midyear Meeting!
June 26-27, 2024, Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, Nev. 
Registration for Midyear Meeting at the Nugget Casino Resort is open! To register, click here. For more information on the CCA room block and to view a tentative schedule, click here.

Upcoming Industry Events

Training for Plumas-Sierra Disaster Livestock Access Program
June 5, 2024
9am – 1pm, Taylorsville Historical Hall
3:30pm – 7:30pm, Sierraville School

The University of California Cooperative Extension is assisting the Plumas-Sierra County Agricultural Department and other local agencies to manage a program to provide access to commercial livestock operators within evacuation zones to care for livestock. During times of restricted access caused by a natural disaster, this registration MAY enable owners the ability to feed, water and medically treat large scale commercial livestock. For more information and to register for the training for this pass, click here.

Conserving Your Legacy Workshop
June 5, 2024, 8am – 1pm, San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau Office
Join the California Rangeland Trust for an engaging discussion about transitioning your ranching operations to future generations. For more information and to register, click here

Beef Quality Assurance Training
June 11, 2024, 4:30pm – 7:30 pm, Sierraville School
Your opportunity to get Beef Quality Assurance certified. For information and to register, click here.

Registration Open for 2024 NCBA Summer Business Meeting
July 8-10, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, CA
Registration for the NCBA Summer Business Meeting happening July 8-10, 2024 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. To register, click here. To view the agenda click here.

CCA in the News

The Viewpoint with Jean Barton Western Livestock Journal “Jean stays busy and active in the industry. She is involved in cattlewomen groups from the local to the national level and has served in several leadership positions. Late last year, Jean was awarded the California Cattlemen’s Association’s 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award “for a lifetime of commitment and service to the California cattle industry.” To continue reading, click here.

Industry News

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a critical tool for the arid West. Can it keep up with climate change? Los Angeles Times
“Backed by data on soil moisture, temperature, snow cover, meltwater runoff, reservoir levels and more, the map has become an essential instrument for determining the outlook of water supplies, declaring drought emergencies and deciding where and when government aid should be distributed, among other things. But this critical diagnostic tool is also struggling to keep pace with climate change as longer and more persistent dry spells plague the American West and take an increasing toll on groundwater reserves and the Colorado River, according to a recent study published in the journal AGU Advances.” To continue reading, click here.

Beef Prices Sizzle as Summer Grilling Season Arrives NerdWallet “Grill masters and taco Tuesday fans have had good reason to wince at the price of beef lately. Beef prices have been high for years, but over the past six months, they’ve been higher than ever.” To continue reading, click here.

Can Satellites combat wildfire? Inside the booming ‘space race’ to fight the flames Los Angeles Times “As the threat of wildfire worsens in California and across the world, a growing number of federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and tech companies are racing to deploy new technology that will help combat flames from a whole new vantage point: outer space.” To continue reading, click here.

Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast
A new episode of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast is out now! In this week’s episode the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane joins Katie to chat about what the current focuses are in Washington D.C., discuss the Farm Bill process, explain some of the confusion NCBA is hearing around the final traceability rule and more. To listen, click here.

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