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We are half way through the year.  Farm Day  was a great success and now we have Fair and a Fall Celebration for our Scholarship recipients to look forward to.  Here is a brief review of what's going on:

1) July 19th between 12:00-1:30 PM is our VC- CWA Meeting :  Same location as last month: Ag Commissioner office on 555 Airport Way, Camarillo.

2) FAIR in August: We will be returning to the AG building to help greet and welcome people to our showcase of Ventura Agriculture.  Rosa Vanoni will be at our next meeting to share about Fair.  Sign ups will be available at the meeting.

3) Are you looking to get more involved?  Helping with the Fair or our Fall Celebration?  Please click here if you might be interested.

4) The second Women in Agriculture Mixer is planned for October.  Look out for this invite. 

5) Our meeting in October is hosted by Aera Energy.  

6) Please welcome our newest members:  Nancy Low from Saticoy Lemon, and Alexa Gabriela Bannatyne with Rancho Resplandor.

7) And, as always, thank you to our Donor Members!  Without your over and above support, VC-CWA couldn't do what we do!

We look forward to seeing you soon!  
 

Join us Tuesday,  July 19, at noon at the Ag Commissioner office to connect and hear our mid-year review and outlook for the rest of 2022.  We will be sharing about our upcoming Fall Celebration Scholarship Event,  Fair and September State Wide AG Booster BBQ.
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Ventura County CoLAB Roundup - 07/08/2022
Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from
Irrigated Agricultural Lands

Regional Water Quality Control Board Public Hearing
July 14, 9:00 AM
Ventura County Government Center
Administrative Building
800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura
Hybrid format (Remote AND In-Person)

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board is holding a public hearing on Thursday, July 14 at 9 a.m. to discuss proposed changes to the requirements for water discharge and runoff from irrigated land in Ventura County. A copy of the Water Board meeting agenda is available HERE.

As explained at the Farm Bureau informational workshop last week, the proposed changes will significantly increase the cost and work associated with compliance - and could expose agricultural operators to new fines and penalties for non-compliance. The proposed requirements will increase regulatory red tape, are impractical to implement, and may expose farmers and growers to 3rd party litigation from environmental activist organizations. If you missed the Farm Bureau's workshop, you can watch the replay HERE.

The Water Board is seeking input from farmers and growers to help with drafting the new order. We need your help! Farm Bureau, VCAA and CoLAB will be providing public comments - but the Water Board also needs to hear from you about how these new requirements will impact farming in Ventura County!

How you can help
  • Send written comments via email (Anna.Bellini@Waterboards.ca.gov) before July 14 urging the Water Board to avoid creating unreasonable and excessive monitoring requirements for local farmers and growers. The Farm Bureau has prepared a template letter that you use for your comment.
  • Want to draft and submit your own letter? The Farm Bureau has prepared talking points that you can use to write your own letter.
 
  • Make verbal comments on July 14 during the public hearing. The Farm Bureau has prepared talking points you can use for verbal comments. Verbal comments may be given either in person at the Ventura County Government Center Administrative Building - OR - via Zoom. You must register as a speaker at any point before the agenda item begins.
  • To make comment in-person, click on this link to register.
  • To make comment via Zoom: click on this link to register for remote comment.
Local Government - Future Meeting/Hearing Schedule
August 2022 (Date TBA): Planning Commission
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendments Related to Permit Terms for Oil and Gas Operations. 
September 15, 2022: Planning Commission
  • 8:30 A.M.: Establishment of a Wildlife Crossing Overlay Zone in the North Non-Coastal Zone for Wildlife Movement
July 12, 2022: Board of Supervisors
  • 1:00 P.M.: Receive and File the Spanish Version of the General Plan
  • 3:00 P.M.: Cultural Heritage Ordinance amendments
July 26, 2022: Board of Supervisors
  • 1:30 P.M.: Public Hearing regarding Adoption of Environmental Sensitive Habitat area Amendments to the Ventura County Local Coastal Program 
July 14, 2022: Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • 9:00 A.M.: Public Workshop on pending Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Agricultural Lands
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We are so thankful for you, your connection to VC-CWA, and your willingness to share your knowledge and skills with others.  

We look forward to seeing you!

2022 DONORS -  Thank you!!!
Without you, VC-CWA couldn't do what we do!

Cornucopia

Farm Credit West – Mark Satterberg
Rancho Cream – Elaine Cavaletto
Topa-Topa Flywheelers – Bob Rich

 

Platinum

Zenith Insurance – Rulla Hernandez


Gold

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Rancho Resplandor – Alexa Gabriela Bannatyne


Silver


Beardsley and Son – Melinda Beardsley Meyring
Camarillo Travel – Kathryn Estomo
Francine Castanon
Debbie Cavaletto
CTR Farming and Rancho Cream - Melanie Cavaletto
Diamond Realty – Theresa Robledo
Karen Draper
Kimball McPheron Ranch – Maggie Kimball 
Organic Garden Club of Ventura County - Mary Freed
Rancho Buena Vista 2+5 - Laurie Vanoni
USI Insurance - Jill Ireland
West Coast Berry Farms - Annette Baietti

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