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November 16, 2016

DPR Proposes New Regulations for Pesticide Use: Join Us in Expressing Opposition

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently released a proposed regulation to impose extensive restrictions on the use of agricultural pesticides within a quarter-mile of K-12 public schools and licensed childcare centers. Ag Council opposes the proposed rule and is asking DPR to take into account the significant regulatory protections already in place in California.

If this regulation is allowed to take effect in September 2017, certain pesticide applications will be prohibited within a quarter-mile of school sites and additional notification will be required of other pesticide applications.

Join us in expressing opposition to DPR about this proposal by going to Ag Council’s Action Center by clicking HERE to easily send a letter. The deadline to comment is December 9, 2016.

Ag Council Concerned ARB Proposal Shifts Emissions Out of State

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recently held a workshop on the post-2020 cap-and-trade program and also released the proposed post-2020 allowance allocation. Ag Council and Dairy Institute submitted stakeholder comments this month to express concern regarding the proposed changes.

Currently, ARB provides assistance to businesses in the program to minimize leakage by providing some emissions allowances at no cost. These free allowances are allocated to help cover the cost of complying with the climate program and reduce the chance that emissions shift to other states. ARB’s new proposal would significantly reduce the amount of free emissions allowances provided; thereby, increasing costs for our members who participate in the program and making them less competitive in domestic and international markets.

Ag Council continues to engage with ARB staff on this issue and will keep members updated with any news about the cap-and-trade program.

Click HERE to read Ag Council’s letter to ARB.

CDFA Dairy Digester Stakeholder Meetings Begin this Week

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is hosting three public stakeholder meetings and one webinar in November to discuss the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP). CDFA is looking to hear from a broad group of stakeholders including: dairy farmers, project developers, local community members and the general public.

CDFA is receiving $50 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which is collected through cap-and-trade auction proceeds. The funds will be awarded to dairy producers and others through a competitive grant process and will provide financial assistance for dairy digesters and other manure management practices. The ultimate purpose of the funding is to help dairies and livestock operations manage manure and nutrients to address air and water quality concerns, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and produce renewable energy, fertilizer, and other value-added products.

Ag Council encourages interested dairy members to attend one of the public meetings listed below:

Thurs., Nov. 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
California Centers for International Trade Development,
ROOM 308, Building B
State Center Community College District
390 W. Fir Ave., Ste. 303, Clovis, CA 93611

Mon., Nov. 21 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814

Tues., Nov. 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
University of California Cooperative Extension Stanislaus County
3800 Cornucopia Way, Room: HI
Modesto, CA 95358

Wed., Nov. 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. WEBINAR – To register, email cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov, and webinar information will be emailed to you.

Click HERE to read more about the program.