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CFB's Johansson: Restore 'management of bounty'CFB's Johansson: Restore 'management of bounty'

Farm Bureau president urges policymakers, society to value agriculture.

Farm Press Staff

December 9, 2022

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California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson.Tim Hearden

California Farm Bureau president Jamie Johansson this week urged state policymakers and the public to "reimplemnet the management of bounty" in their approach to agriculture.

Speaking Dec. 5 during the organization's 104th annual meeting in Monterey, Johansson rejected the notion that farmers should simply accept limitations as a result of drought and other challenges, the CFB reports.

He said California can embrace solutions such as building water-storage infrastructure and supporting groundwater recharge to provide more water to farmers, according to the CFB.

California's driest three-year period on record has resulted in $3 billion in crop revenue losses after growers left a total of 1.3 million acres unplanted over 2021 and 2022 as compared with 2019, according to a study commissioned by the state Department of Food and Agriculture.

Johansson urged growers to embrace political opportunities such as the election of farm-area Assemblyman Robert Rivas, D-Hollister, as the lower chamber's next speaker.

The Farm Bureau's annual gathering was held Dec. 2-7.

Source: California Farm Bureau

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