However you feel about subsidies, raising beef, tax cuts, you should take a look at the Williamson Act it provides protection and tax incentives for saving our state’s agricultural heritage.
IT IS BEING REVIEWED NOW… during our budget deficit.
If this protection is taken away, then many ranchers will divide up their plots making them easier for housing and other uses. It is essential to keep our agricultural land, we provide food for the United States as a whole, the ag land also provides habitat for many species of bird, fish, amphibian, lizards and plants. For example, if one of the big ranches of say 7000 acres is broken is to 10 pieces a few of them will be developed as residential, that land is then LOST for open space, high speed rail, parks, and so many other beneficial uses. Our population is changing, our work/play patterns are shifting, let’s not close down huge options we will need in the future. This is NOT an issue that will just affect growers and grazers, ask anyone who is planning on high speed rail in this state. OPEN LAND = OPTIONS.
The agricultural land is important not only because it feeds us but also because it allows us to make choices in use. We want to be independent, self sustaining and strong as a state, we must keep our agricultural lands and ranches protected.-