County to consider reducing regulations for ag ventures

San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider actions to reduce regulations for agricultural ventures and to encourage ag tourism at its June 26 meeting.

The agenda topic, “fostering the growth of microbreweries, cheese-making and other agricultural ventures,” notes that agriculture is the fifth leading industry in the county, accounting for $5.1 billion annually to the local economy.

“Despite these robust figures, local farming is facing a growing host of challenges which are threatening its viability,” the agenda states.

“Reducing regulations would allow property owners to do more with their land and would be an important step to promote farming and agricultural tourism,” the county continues, pointing out that the supervisors have taken similar steps to establish boutique wineries and is working to help out the equine industry.

Recommendations that the board will consider Wednesday will be to direct the chief administrative officer to look at reducing regulations for ag ventures, support H.R. 494, the Small BREW Act that would decrease taxes for small breweries, and to support legislative efforts to encourage ag tourism. The topic is listed as the seventh item on the board’s agenda.

The supervisors meet at 9 a.m. in Room 301 at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego. For more information, see www.sdcounty.ca.gov/cob/bosa/index.html.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Jun 23 2013. Filed under Featured Story, Government, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

2 Comments for “County to consider reducing regulations for ag ventures”

  1. rabbit breeder in SD

    Then they should look at fighting or at least working on all the new pet bans that are taking place within the state. They were made with good intentions but hurt and put out of business small time livestock breeders as well as hurt the Fairs. When breeders (even children in 4-H and FFA) are accosted by so Animal Rights Activists we all lose. Make San Diego County a small livestock friendly place again. Allow for shows and sales of said animals again without fear of seizure and fines.

  2. Don Kedick

    If the county is SO into Ag tourism, why did they allow an industrial solar complex in the middle of the farmland off of Dye/ Warnock roads? You can't have your cake and eat it too!

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