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June 24, 2016

Clockwise from top: Photo 1: Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), second from the left, celebrates Ntl. Dairy Month with our Land O'Lakes members Joey Fernandes, Pete Garbani & Ben Curti. Photo 2: Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) enjoys ice cream during Dairyfest. Photo 3: Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) connects with Land O'Lakes producer Ben Curti & Dairy Farmers of America producer Case Van Steyn at Dairyfest.


Clockwise from top: Photo 1: Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), second from the left, celebrates Ntl. Dairy Month with our Land O’Lakes members Joey Fernandes, Pete Garbani & Ben Curti. Photo 2: Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) enjoys ice cream during Dairyfest. Photo 3: Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) connects with Land O’Lakes producer Ben Curti & Dairy Farmers of America producer Case Van Steyn at Dairyfest.

3rd Annual Dairyfest Draws Hundreds

Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Sara Floor from Dairy Council of California at Dairyfest.

Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Sara Floor from Dairy Council of California at Dairyfest.

Over 270 guests joined Ag Council’s dairy members for the 3rd Annual Dairyfest celebrating California dairy producers and recognizing June as Dairy Month. The ice cream social is a festive way for Ag Council’s dairy members to connect with legislators and staff during Dairy Month.

The fun outreach event at the State Capitol emphasizes the importance of the dairy industry in California and highlights the positive economic impact of dairy in our state.

Dairyfest is sponsored by Ag Council members: California Dairies Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Land O’Lakes. Ag Council’s new allied member, Western United Dairymen, also attended Dairyfest.

Ag Council appreciates the volunteer help provided by a group of high school students in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program from Elk Grove High School, Lodi High School, and Tracy High School who spent the afternoon volunteering at Dairyfest by helping to set up the room and serve ice cream. Two dairy princesses from Escalon and Linden, who help represent the industry at various functions, were also in attendance and helped greet attendees.

Thank you to our dairy members and volunteers who helped make Dairyfest a successful outreach event.

Take Action – Oppose the Gut & Amend Bill to Change Ag Overtime Requirements

With the state bill to change overtime requirements for agricultural workers returning as a gut and amend measure in the form of AB 1066, Ag Council urges members to reach out to legislators NOW by using the link below.

The previous bill opposed by Ag Council and others, FAILED in the Assembly. The new bill, AB 1066, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on June 29.

The gut and amend bill, AB 1066, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), repeals the current overtime wage requirement in California for agricultural workers, which pays overtime after 10 hours of work in a day and 60 hours in a week, and phases in a new overtime wage law culminating in a requirement to pay overtime after eight hours in one day or 40 hours in a week by the year 2022.

TAKE ACTION — Click the HERE to join Ag Council in opposing AB 1066 by emailing a letter to your legislators via our Action Center.

CDFA Accepting SWEEP Grant Applications

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced it is accepting grant applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). This competitive grant program provides funding to implement irrigation systems that save water and lower greenhouse gasses on agricultural operations.

Funding for SWEEP derives from the state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which administers the proceeds from the cap and trade auction.

For the 2016 SWEEP application guidelines and frequently asked questions, click HERE. The deadline to apply is August 5, 2016.