Stop Over-Charging Innocent Farmers

  New Legislation, that you can stop, is coming in January

In California, Assembly Bill 1871 has been passed into law (taking effect in January 2015) and does a number of destructive things to farmers markets all over the state.

1) Fees for farmers go from 60 cents per day (per market) to $ 2.00 per day (per market)

This is $100 more per year PER FARMER for every market they might sell in, even if they have done nothing to warrant higher fees.  In addition to the fees they currently pay for certificates, permits, and other licenses.  This higher state fee requires more inspections from each county, so county fees will also increase.

2) Penalties for making a mistake have gone up from $3,000 to $5,000.

Meant to punish non-farmers that pretend to be farmers, definitely a bad thing, the penalties CAN be applied to farmers who make a mistake too.  And the penalties are so severe, they could put farmers out of business or discourage local farmers from participating in your local market.

Write to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) who stands to collect three to six million dollars PER YEAR under this program,
and tell them you don’t want the fees to change from 60 cents to $2.00 per farmer.
And feel free to send a copy of that letter to others too.
here are the addresses

Steve Patton
CDFA — Inspection and Compliance
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol
Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

or find your state representative at — findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov