in the KNOW

November 1, 2013

State Agencies Release Water Action Plan

This week, the California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the California Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a draft Water Action Plan. The plan focuses on water supply reliability, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, conservation, safe drinking water and infrastructure, among other areas.

The draft plan comes after Governor Jerry Brown directed the agencies this past May to develop specific actions that can be taken in California to address crucial water needs over the next one to five years.

CDFA Secretary, Karen Ross, said upon the release of the draft, “There is no issue more important than water for food production and agriculture. This plan is a critical pathway that will lead to a long-term, sustainable future for water management in the 21st century.”

Secretary Ross held a conference call this week to announce the release of the draft plan and invited interested parties to provide input into the final plan, which expected in December. Ag Council plans to attend the initial stakeholder meeting next week.

To read the draft Water Action Plan, click HERE.

CARB Extends Cap & Trade Industry Assistance Factor

Ag Council is working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and its private contractors to conduct a leakage analysis on the food manufacturing industry as it relates to implementation of the state cap and trade regulation, and we continue to work through the product-based emissions efficiency benchmarking process. This process has not moved as quickly as originally anticipated.

As such, Ag Council appreciates CARB’s recent extension of 100 percent free allowances through the second compliance period of the cap and trade regulation, which is 2017. This will give food manufacturing time to complete our work ahead of significant changes in the regulation. Ag Council President, Emily Rooney, spoke at the October CARB meeting to express support for the extension of free allowances.

Please contact Ag Council at ph. (916) 443-4887 if you have any questions.

2014 Annual Meeting

SavetheDate_frontAg Council invites all members to join us March 2-4, 2014 for our 95th Annual Meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, California. The 2014 Golf Tournament and PAC fundraiser will take place on March 2 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine.

The Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with CoBank’s Pacific West Customer Meeting. Further details will be available at a later date. In the meantime, please save March 2-4, 2014 on your calendars.


Next Newsletter

Given the Legislature is in adjournment, Ag Council’s In the Know newsletter will be on a brief hiatus and will return in December. In the meantime, if there is any pertinent news, we will be sure to communicate it to our members.