Farm Bureau Agenda

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Farm Bureau found that nearly 70 percent of those surveyed want the state government to do more to protect family farms from taxes and regulations. Over 80 percent felt family farms are important to the state's economy.

Spokesman George Gomes says the Farm Bureau plans to raise one million dollars this year to bankroll an aggressive legislative agenda.

"We formalized it into a ten point plan and presented it to the legislators and said that at the end of the year we're going to grade you on how well you are interested in protecting the family farm."

The state's 77-thousand farms generate about 30 billion dollars a year in agriculture products.

The Farm Bureau say taxes and regulations are forcing many farmers to relocate their operations to other states.

(Photo courtesy: California Farm Bureau)