Williamson Act back on the block in Brown's proposal

Agriculture in Yolo County could be hit with another blow as funding for the Williamson Act is proposed to be eliminated as part of Gov. Full Story
Woodland resident

Davis, CA

#2 Jan 12, 2011
This will generate more revenue for the state. Once the land is opened up for development the tax base will increase as well as employment. The old farmers will finally be able to reap the rewards of a lifetime of hard work without reward.
New Housing Bubba

Orangevale, CA

#3 Jan 12, 2011
Hope Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac get wind of this and start making loans to folks that can't afford them...
MSG

Guinda, CA

#4 Jan 12, 2011
What about our food supply? Do we want to import more of our food? Our country does not deserve the quality farmers we have. When our grocery stores are empty then maybe we will finally appreciate our farmers.

Since: May 10

West Sacramento, CA

#5 Jan 12, 2011
MSG wrote:
What about our food supply? Do we want to import more of our food? Our country does not deserve the quality farmers we have. When our grocery stores are empty then maybe we will finally appreciate our farmers.
Exactly and God help us if we must depend on foreign food as we do on foreign oil. We would be in a world of hurt. Our prime ag land is most likely the only thing that can save us from being a third world country. People do not understand this! If farmers can't afford to stay in business they will quit farming.
Woodland Conservative

West Sacramento, CA

#6 Jan 12, 2011
The state is way beyond broke, lots of things that some people like need to go. Williamson act is a subsidy to farmers, plain snd simple. Federal farm subsidies need to go too, and food prices need to go to the market price, which should support farming well.
MSG

Guinda, CA

#8 Jan 13, 2011
The Williamson Act is the best conservation policy that this state and county have. It's voluntary and now a nine year commitment between the landowner, and the state. I would compare it to leasing the land development rights for nine years. Interloop is right. If farmers can't afford to stay in business they will quit farming.

Since: May 10

West Sacramento, CA

#9 Jan 13, 2011
If the farmers are allowed to sell off their land for development, we can never get that land back and use as ag land. The bigger the populations grow, the more food we will need to harvest. It is a fine line balancing how much food to harvest vs need, but we must preserve our ag land or we can easily become dependent on foreign food. What we would rather have is foreign nations depending on us, this strengthens our dollar. It also gives us bargaining power for that oil we so desperately depend on.

Folks, one or two bad seasons can bankrupt a farmer. It is a hard lifestyle and takes a special kind of person to sustain it.
Woodland resident

Davis, CA

#10 Jan 14, 2011
Woodland Conservative wrote:
The state is way beyond broke, lots of things that some people like need to go. Williamson act is a subsidy to farmers, plain snd simple. Federal farm subsidies need to go too, and food prices need to go to the market price, which should support farming well.
It is not a subsidy. No money goes to the farmland owner. It is a protection against property tax increases in return for a contract to keep the land in agricultural production. It is a contract that must be renewed. Now that this program is ending, the opportunity for the counties to increase the property taxes is opened up. It is very likely the property taxes will begin to increase. It is anybody's guess on how long it will take before the property taxes cross the point of economic threshold.
First it was taking away their water, now it will be tax them out of business. This is not progress.
randy

West Sacramento, CA

#11 Jan 14, 2011
The program not only pays the farmers to farm but some of the people in the program do nothing with the land they own (hundreds of acres)it just sits there not being farmed or developed. And in return they don't have to pay taxes. Taxes that they can certainly afford to pay. This equates to nothing but welfare in the form of tax breaks for the rich land owners.
Woodland Conservative

West Sacramento, CA

#12 Jan 14, 2011
Woodland resident wrote:
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It is not a subsidy. No money goes to the farmland owner. It is a protection against property tax increases in return for a contract to keep the land in agricultural production. It is a contract that must be renewed. Now that this program is ending, the opportunity for the counties to increase the property taxes is opened up. It is very likely the property taxes will begin to increase. It is anybody's guess on how long it will take before the property taxes cross the point of economic threshold.
First it was taking away their water, now it will be tax them out of business. This is not progress.
If it takes taxpayer money, which it does, and if defers tax payments that farmers would ordinarily pay, which I understand it does, then it is a subsidy. THERE IS NO MONEY, that shouldn't be difficult at all to understand. We can't afford to do things the way we have been, that will affect a lot of people. In my opinion subsides to farmers to let their fields lie fallow are horrible, as are many other business subsidies.

Since: May 10

West Sacramento, CA

#13 Jan 15, 2011
Woodland Conservative wrote:
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If it takes taxpayer money, which it does, and if defers tax payments that farmers would ordinarily pay, which I understand it does, then it is a subsidy. THERE IS NO MONEY, that shouldn't be difficult at all to understand. We can't afford to do things the way we have been, that will affect a lot of people. In my opinion subsides to farmers to let their fields lie fallow are horrible, as are many other business subsidies.
If we lose this farmland, it is lost forever, as populations grow this will be needed. It is detrimental in the long term to our future and viability as a nation. You can't just look at it from a short term perspective.
Woodland Conservative

West Sacramento, CA

#14 Jan 15, 2011
Intheloop wrote:
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If we lose this farmland, it is lost forever, as populations grow this will be needed. It is detrimental in the long term to our future and viability as a nation. You can't just look at it from a short term perspective.
If you can't feed your family today, and you can't pay rent and you can't pay your bills, the solution to that problem is short and mid term, that is where CA is now.

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