Sen. Cannella's Two Agriculture Bills Signed Into Law

Monday, September 26, 2011

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today announced that both SB 513 and SB 707 were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

“I’ve consistently been willing to work across party lines to achieve bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing our state, and I’m pleased Governor Brown has joined me in working to ensure consumers can buy our state’s home-grown products with confidence by signing SB 513 and SB 707,” said Cannella.

SB 513 reinstates pre-existing, self-imposed rendering industry fees to help ensure the safe and proper disposal of animal by-products, as well as to prevent the theft of valuable kitchen grease. It also establishes a seven-member Rendering Industry Advisory Board designed to advise the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) secretary on industry-specific issues. The bill also extends the Certified Farmers’ Market Program for an additional two years and allows farmers’ markets to continue collecting self-imposed, industry-supported assessments to fund statewide coordination of their activities. SB 513 is sponsored by the Pacific Coast Rendering Association and the California Grain and Feed Association.

By including olives in the CDFA Foundation Plant Services program at UC Davis, SB 707 provides the industry access to disease-free, virus tested, and true-to-type certification for oil olive trees developed through extensive research. The bill also expands the membership of the Fruit Tree, Nut Tree, and Grapevine Improvement Advisory Board (IAB), which oversees the program, to include representatives of licensed olive nursery stock producers. Participation in the program would be funded by an industry-supported 1 percent assessment on olive tree sales, which is consistent with the assessment applied to other crops in the IAB.

Both bills earned broad bipartisan support throughout the legislative process.