The Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has released an online form that can be used to satisfy the proof of ownership requirement in the new Walnut Theft Prevention Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on August 5, 2014.
The ordinance was adopted in response the rising frequency of thefts from walnut growers in the County. Record high prices for walnuts, driven by worldwide demand, have resulted in brazen thefts of one of Sutter County’s top agricultural products, according to Agricultural Commissioner Mark Quisenberry.
Walnuts are the second most valuable crop in Sutter County, after rice. More than 34,000 acres of walnuts were harvested in 2013, with a value of more than $163 million. They have proven easy to steal, however, and the ordinance is designed prevent thieves from selling the walnuts to walnut buying operations that do not have permanent processing equipment on-site.
The ordinance forbids the sale of walnuts to non-processing walnut buying operations outside a Walnut Buying Period, which will be established each season by the Agricultural Commissioner. It also prohibits possession of walnuts by non-growers without proof of ownership.
Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor.
Risk Management Plans (RMPs) have been submitted by the following facilities:
If you need any further information regarding this legal notice, please contact Sukh Sahota at (530) 822-7400.
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a Pig Roast on Saturday, August 23rd to benefit the operation and programs of the Museum. The event will feature a delicious full dinner menu, lively music by String Theory, and a silent auction. It will take place, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum’s new Ettl Hall.
Tickets for the Pig Roast are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner. The cost is $30 for adults and $12 for children under 12.
The Community Memorial Museum and Ettl Hall are located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.
A report from the Government Accounting Office recommending policy changes to lessen the impact of federal floodplain regulations on farming operations and rural communities is the result of advocacy by the Agricultural Floodplain Management Alliance, an organization with its genesis in Sutter County.
AFMA has been working with representatives of rural communities across the United States, with the elected representatives from those communities, and with staff from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to change existing policies which threaten rural areas where farming is the chief segment of the local economy.
AFMA is a coalition of local governments, flood control districts, farmers and ranchers, and community groups from across the nation which is working to reform floodplain rules they say are threatening the economic viability of agriculture. AFMA came into being at the suggestion of Sutter County supervisors Stanley Cleveland Jr. and James Gallagher, after it became apparent a new FEMA floodplain designation in the southern third of Sutter County was creating economic difficulty for agricultural producers.