California Farm Bureau responds to state budget plan
California Farm Bureau President Shannon Douglass commented today on the budget plan announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. The plan maps out a strategy to address California’s projected $37.9 billion deficit, while also including funding to combat the fruit fly threat to agriculture.
“Over recent years, our California farmers and ranchers have endured both prolonged drought and catastrophic floods,” Douglass said. “They have persevered in the face of often onerous regulations to produce America’s most bountiful food supply, while managing farm and family budgets amid difficult times. As California faces a budget crisis, we appreciate Gov. Gavin Newsom recognizing the importance of investing $22 million to combat the fruit fly invasion and protect our state’s critical farming economy. We also hope the governor and the Legislature will ease regulatory burdens affecting farmers and ranchers producing our food supply. And just as our farm families must balance their budgets, we hope our political leaders recognize that it is time for California to get its fiscal house in order as well.”
The California Farm Bureau works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 26,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of 5.3 million Farm Bureau members.