California has a number of formal acts in statute. Food and Agricultural Code Division 1, Part 1, Chapter 3, Article 6 provides the Farmer Equity Act of 2017, which is contained in Sections 510 to 514. Article 6 was added in 2017 by Chapter 620. Section 510 names the Act.
Section 511 contains seven legislative findings and declarations, including that California recognizes the importance of investing in the long-term prosperity of our food and farming system, starting with our farmers. It is therefore the intent of the Legislature that the secretary should support socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and include this support in the department’s vision and its relevant policies.
Section 512 defines the following terms: “secretary”; “socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher”; “socially disadvantaged group”; and, “urbanized area.”
Section 513 requires the department to ensure the inclusion of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, including socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in urbanized areas, in the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of food and agriculture laws, regulations, and policies and programs. Also, the secretary is required to create a position within the department’s executive office to support the efforts of this section.
Section 514 requires the department to consult with the Secretaries of the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Natural Resources Agency, the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, and the California Health and Human Services Agency, and all other interested members of the public and private sectors of the state on opportunities for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and to coordinate state programs.
In addition, the department is required to disseminate information regarding opportunities provided by, including, but not limited to, the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the General Accounting Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and other federal agencies for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
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