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January 27, 2016

 Assemblyman Cooper & Assemblyman Salas to Headline Ag Council Dinner

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield)

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield)

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) and Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), the new co-chairs of the moderate Democrats (known as the “Mod Dems”) caucus in the Legislature, will headline as speakers during the dinner at Ag Council’s Annual Meeting at the Meritage Resort in Napa on March 7, 2016.

Assemblyman Cooper and Assemblyman Salas were recently chosen by their peers to co-chair the group of business-friendly Democrats, which is an important ally to agriculture in the Legislature. We look forward to Assemblyman Cooper and Assemblyman Salas connecting with our members in Napa.


Annual Meeting Information
If you’d like information about Ag Council’s Annual Meeting to be held March 7-9, 2016, please click HERE for details about registration, hotel reservations, the golf tournament and more.

Join Us for Breakfast at the World Ag Expo on Feb. 10

299311301Ag Council members are invited to join us for our Fifth Annual World Ag Expo Breakfast on February 10, 2016 at 8 a.m. The breakfast is held at the Heritage Complex, conference dining room (2nd floor), located on the grounds of the World Ag Expo at 4500 S. Laspina Street in Tulare.

Featured speaker:
David Gutierrez, program manager for the Groundwater Sustainability Program at the Department of Water Resources, will provide an update regarding implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

There is no cost to attend, however, an RSVP is required. RSVP to Jennifer Johnson at: jennifer@agcouncil.org or call 916.443.4887. Entry into the World Ag Expo must be purchased separately.

Blue Diamond Young Leaders Visit State Officials

299311601Farmers and others participating in Blue Diamond’s Young Leaders program met with legislators and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross this week. Participants gathered in Sacramento to learn about advocacy and state issues at the forefront in 2016. The leaders discussed a variety of pressing issues with state officials including water, transportation, education and other policy issues.

The young leaders had the opportunity to connect with Assemblyman Levine (D-San Rafael), Assemblyman Alejo (D-Watsonville), Senator Vidak (R-Hanford) and Assemblywoman Olsen (R-Modesto). A special thank you to the legislators for their time. We also appreciate Secretary Ross who eloquently spoke with the young leaders during dinner.

Ag Council staff gave presentations to the young leaders about Ag Council’s regulatory and legislative work and answered their questions. We wish the participants all the best as they continue to learn and grow in the program.

Sustainable Freight Action Plan Workshops

On January 26, Ag Council attended a workshop focused on increasing the efficiency of California’s freight system. Per an Executive Order by Governor Brown, an interagency task force is creating an action plan that paves the way to a multi-decade shift towards using zero or near-zero emission equipment to move goods in the state while increasing our economic competitiveness.

Ag Council is closely following these activities and will continue to keep our members updated.

Interested members are encouraged to click HERE for a listing of the upcoming workshops being held in different areas of the state on Jan. 28, Feb. 1 and Feb. 5.

In Case You Missed It — Assembly Formally Elects Rendon as Speaker

In a previous newsletter, Ag Council announced that Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) was formally elected on January 11 as the next Speaker of the California State Assembly. He will assume the office of the Speaker on March 7, 2016.

The day after Rendon was elected, Ag Council and others met with the incoming Speaker and he highlighted how he would handle his new role. He said he will not author any bills and would instead focus on managing the Assembly. He also said he wants to empower committee chairs to dig in regarding policy issues, as well as allow members to develop more expertise, perform stronger oversight and pursue longer-term strategies.

To read more about how the incoming Speaker describes his new role, click HERE.