Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Cannella's Agriculture Bills

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

During a hearing this morning, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to approve Senate Bill 513 and Senate Bill 707, two agriculture industry-sponsored bills authored by State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).

“Agriculture is a $35 billion industry in California, and it’s important that we work together to ensure consumers can buy our state’s home-grown products with confidence,” said Cannella. “I’m pleased to have earned the committee’s support for these two bills, and I remain committed to working with all interested parties to ensure these bills are approved by the Legislature.”

SB 513 reinstates pre-existing, self-imposed industry fees that help ensure the safe and proper disposal of animal by-products, as well as to prevent the theft of valuable kitchen grease. The bill also allows farmers markets to continue collecting self-imposed, industry-supported assessments for an additional five years in order to fund coordination of certified farmers market activities statewide. SB 513 is sponsored by the Pacific Coast Rendering Association and the California Grain and Feed Association.

By including oil olives in the CDFA Foundation Plant Services program at UC Davis, SB 707 helps provide the industry access to disease-free, virus tested, and true-to-type certification for oil olive trees developed through extensive research. SB 707 also expands the membership of the Fruit Tree, Nut Tree, and Grapevine Improvement Advisory Board, which oversees the program, to include representatives of licensed olive nursery stock producers.

Both bills were approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee by a vote of 7 to 0.