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AB-1632 Agricultural product marketing: community supported agriculture.(2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1632


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Gordon

February 09, 2012


An act to amend Section 47000 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to agricultural products.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1632, as introduced, Gordon. Agricultural product marketing: community supported agriculture.
Existing law encourages the Department of Food and Agriculture to assist producers in organizing certified farmers’ markets, field retail stands, farm stands, and other forms of direct marketing by providing technical advice on marketing methods and in complying with the regulations that affect direct marketing programs.
This bill would also encourage the department to assist in organizing the marketing of community supported agriculture.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 47000 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

47000.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following with regard to the direct marketing of agricultural products:
(a) Direct marketing of agricultural products benefits the agricultural community and the consumer by, among other things, providing an alternative method for growers to sell their products while benefiting the consumer by supplying quality produce at reasonable prices.
(b) Direct marketing is a good public relations tool for the agricultural industry that brings the farmer face-to-face with consumers.
(c) The marketing potential of a wide variety of California-produced agricultural products should be maximized.
(d) Farm stands allow farmers to sell fresh produce and eggs grown on their farm as well as other food products made with ingredients produced on or near the farm, thus enhancing their income and the local economy.
(e) The department should maintain a direct marketing program and the industry should continue to encourage the sale of California-grown fresh produce.
(f) It is the intent of the state to promote the consumption of California-grown produce and to promote access to California-produced agricultural products. Restaurants and nonprofit organizations can provide assistance in bringing California-grown products to all Californians.
(g) A regulatory scheme should be developed that provides the flexibility that will make direct marketing a viable marketing system.
(h) The department should assist producers in organizing certified farmers’ markets, field retail stands, farm stands, community supported agriculture, and other forms of direct marketing by providing technical advice on marketing methods and in complying with the regulations that affect direct marketing programs.
(i) The department is encouraged to establish an ad hoc advisory committee to assist the department in establishing regulations affecting direct marketing of products and to advise the secretary in all matters pertaining to direct marketing.