Grain grower wants state government to pay increased freight bill: Gov. Brian Sandoval.
“My view is the state’s going to have to make a major investment to maintain the amount of revenue generated by these growers,” said Sandoval, a Democrat.
On a recent morning, the Capitol floor was filled with talk about what is at stake if California passes a sales tax. In an effort to boost their bottom lines, farmers across the state said they will need to pay for higher rates for their raw materials like grains and trees.
“I think that’s a question that has to be settled between the state, the Legislature and the federal government,” said Michael D. Gee, director of state crop insurance. He’s a professor at the University of California, Davis Agricultural Policy Institute.
In the fall, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires the state’s c블랙 잭rop insurance program to pay an additional $15 million to help cover higher freight costs. The state estimates that freight costs are between $300 and $400 per ton to handle a bushel of wheat or corn.
With that influx of freight, the state’s crop insurance program now accounts for just 1 percent of its budget.
But Gee said that’s not enough to stay afloat in the face of record-high grain prices. And he urged lawmakers not to allow the state to spend more money on카니발 카지노 higher rates.
“If they’re really going to make this happen, they need to focus on growing food sustainably,” Gee said.
Assemblyman John Moorhead, R-Sherry, has sponsored a bill that would set a two-year moratorium on higher grain freight fees until the state can collect and spend at least $600 million to help farmers and forestry industries.
“There is not much money left to be saved for the people of California who are actually in the middle of raising their families with the family bread winner, with the family farm,” Moorhead said. “We’ve cut taxes so you’re paying for the roads and bri포커dges and schools, but it’s only half of what farmers spend on corn, grains and forestry. We should be saving money here for people who actually live in California.”
California’s grain farmers and ranchers face an uncertain future
Gee said the current state law, like much of agriculture in the U.S., has been designed for a peak harvest of wheat in 2008.
This is not a sustainable long-term solution, he said.
“We need to be looking a