Report prepared for the California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops, January 31, 2005, pages 1-47.
California specialty crop producers face multiple regulatory bodies from both the state and federal government. These producers face regulations pertaining to labor, the environment, marketing, and food safety. When it comes to regulations, ignorance is not bliss. This project develops an informational source for finding federal and state regulations affecting California agricultural producers and provides a perspective of what the California agricultural regulatory environment looks like. This report presents a visual diagram of the top two tiers of federal and state governmental agencies affecting the California agricultural regulatory environment. The visual diagram is set-up with web links to these regulatory bodies. Next, the report gives a brief discussion of the regulatory process along with a list of web resources that can assist producers in tracking regulations and participating in the regulatory process. Following this discussion, results from two surveys of the County Agricultural Commissioners are presented. These surveys were meant to obtain the commissioners’ perspective of the regulatory environment affecting agricultural producers in California. The report ends with a brief synopsis of the California regulatory environment that draws heavily upon the results of the commissioners and a set of policy implications.
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