Local Issues

The Stanislaus County Farm Bureau participates in the local government process in a number of ways. Our members and staff serve on a variety of boards, commissions and committees that help create and guide local policies in agricultural viability, governance and land use planning.

If you have a local issue, please feel free to Contact Us.

Water and Natural Resources

Water has long been the top issue for California farmers and ranchers. Years of drought and harmful legislation have only made it more important to tackle from all sides.  Stanislaus and Tuolumne County Farm Bureau’s have directors and staff involved at the forefront on water issues, many of which hold seats on water committees or irrigation district boards. Representatives for water districts in both counties regularly attend monthly board meetings.

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program

Stanislaus County Farm Bureau in 2003 realized that if we didn’t react to ut together a Water Quality Coalition that our members would have been left with no option but to apply for a very expensive  “waste discharge permit”. We reacted quickly and formed the East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition (ESJWQC). We took the lead and provided as a volunteer organization to be the lead agency to provide coverage at a very low cost.

Land Use

As the local population grows, it’s important that Farm Bureau play an active role in shaping future urban growth. Protecting the fertile agriculture land that Stanislaus and Tuolumne County depend on is the task of committee’s in both counties. Stanislaus County Farm Bureau’s executive committee is tasked with operating a Land Use, Finance & Membership committee to address these issues. In Tuolumne County, Farm Bureau holds a seat on the Ag Advisory Committee for Tuolumne County and the Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions, a collaborative working the National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management on forest issues.  Farm Bureau has taken a lead in representing the local agriculture industry in the revision of the Forest Plan throughout the State of California through leadership of your county Farm Bureaus.

Public Relations

When the media needs accurate information and quotes for ag related stories, they frequently call on Farm Bureau staff and directors. Farm Bureau takes the responsibility of being a voice for agriculture very seriously and is dedicated to communicating the correct message to the public on important issues.
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