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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )


  ( Heading of Part 1 amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1079. )

CHAPTER 6. State Agricultural Policy [801 - 822]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1150, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 2. Agricultural Policy [821 - 822]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1150, Sec. 1. )


As part of promoting and protecting the agricultural industry of the state and for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, the Legislature shall provide for a continuing sound and healthy agriculture in California and shall encourage a productive and profitable agriculture. Major principles of the state’s agricultural policy shall be all of the following:

(a) To increase the sale of crops and livestock products produced by farmers, ranchers, and processors of food and fiber in this state.

(b) To enhance the potential for domestic and international marketing of California agricultural products through fostering the creation of value additions to commodities and the development of new consumer products.

(c) To sustain the long-term productivity of the state’s farms by conserving and protecting the soil, water, and air, which are agriculture’s basic resources.

(d) To maximize the ability of farmers, ranchers, and processors to learn about and adopt practices that will best enable them to achieve the policies stated in this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 670, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2001.)


The Legislature shall review actions taken in the implementation and furtherance of the state agricultural policy for their impact on the following factors:

(a) Productive agricultural land.

(b) Agricultural water supplies.

(c) Agricultural energy resources, including, but not limited to, energy rates and rate structures.

(d) Pest control, exclusion, detection, and eradication activities.

(e) Agricultural labor.

(f) Agricultural production tools, including, but not limited to, fertilizers and implements of husbandry.

(g) Marketing agricultural products in the domestic and foreign markets.

(h) Agricultural research, education, and agricultural extension programs.

(i) Agricultural transportation and distribution systems.

(j) Agricultural financing.

(k) Family owned farms.

(l) Activities of county agricultural commissioners.

(m) Agricultural exhibits at state-supported fairs.

(n) Recycling agricultural byproducts.

(o) Applied new technologies including, but not limited to, new food product and value-added product development.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 152, Sec. 1. Effective July 10, 1987.)

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