Free Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Workshop

This Saturday, August 25th, CCHSRA will be hosting a free EIR/EIS workshop open to the first 400 people in Hanford, CA and is open to everyone interested in Fresno, Kings, Kern and Tulare counties.

“The workshop will detail how the EIR/EIS process works along with providing the tools to provide effective comments to the California High-Speed Rail Authority both in person and via mail.” -excerpt from press release

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the EIR/EIS as it pertains to the Fresno-Bakersfield section of the High-Speed Rail.

The Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability is a nonpartisan advocacy group. If you are interested in the high-speed rail, then you should get to know this group.

Please see the press release for more information on the upcoming workshop.



High-Speed Rail, Property Aquisition Workshop

There will be a high-speed rail workshop this Saturday, February 25th, at Kit Carson School in Hanford.

The speakers will be Herman Fitzgerald, an eminent domain trial attorney. And Keith Hopper, an appraiser with expertise in valuation of complex income properties.

For more information see

Acquisition Workshop Flyer-1

While at the World Ag Expo, Newt Gingrich expressed: “I am for high-speed trains that are economically rational. But I am against high-speed trains that become basically just a large tax-payer subsidy, so that a handful of unionized workers have a brief period of feeling good.”

Pretty much sums it up; high-speed rail will be a drain on tax-payers and will ruin Central Valley businesses (and homes.)

Don’t get on the tractor ‘lil Billy

The Department of Labor is proposing changes to what jobs kids can do in agriculture to try to “protect” them. These changes will dictate the types of jobs a kid can do depending on their age and the relationship to the owner of the operation. There are many problems with this proposed rule. First, a young adult will be limited in jobs (aka, learning opportunities) if the farm is owned by anyone other than his/her parents. Second, and probably most important, the government is trying to dictate how to raise your kids.

Briana, of Grimmius Cattle, very graciously offered to share her comments with us that she sent to the DOL. We think she did a great job of explaining why these proposed changes need to be dropped. You can find her at: or on twitter at:

To Whom It May Concern:

As a family business, the new proposed rules would greatly affect not only our business, but many agricultural businesses across the country, just like ours.  I do appreciate the Department of Labor for trying to protect the children of this country.  However in this case, the DOL will be doing more to hurt than to help.  Farms have been a family tradition since the beginning.  A father starts a farm and has three sons, who then start their own farms next to their father’s farm.  Those sons have children.  Family farms today are multi-generational.  The basis of a farm is everyone helping everyone – that is the nature of agriculture.  Our nation wants to preserve the family farm because they are scared of giant agricultural businesses taking over, but if these rules come to be, then the family farm has no hope of survival.

In addition to the previously mentioned, our ranch looks at the opportunity for youth to work here during their summer vacation months as a mentorship.  Imagine a fifteen year old boy working alongside of his father or older cousins and uncles.  Instead of meddling with drugs, playing video games all day or spending time with negative influences, he has the opportunity to learn life from respectable older examples.  The youth of America need more positive relationships and opportunities like this.  Why try to take that from them?

I would also like to point out that the largest number of farm-related deaths is in the age range of 16-19 years old, which is not even the age range which the Department of Labor is seeking to protect.  In addition to this, the majority of farm deaths, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, 79% of farm injuries among children and adolescents were not due to farm work.  Only 21% of farm injuries were related to work on the farm, but the other 79% were related to play on the farm.

It is true that jobs related to agriculture are more dangerous than a job where someone is sitting in an office all day.  However, working on a farm also instills in people a lot of very valuable qualities.  I surveyed a few people who worked on farms at some point in their lives to find out what they felt they learned from working on a farm and a few of the responses that I received were patience, ingenuity, responsibility, respect, perseverance, teamwork, work ethic, value, empathy and life lessons.  Work related to agriculture may not be easy, but there is a great deal of value to the hard work required from working in agriculture.

So on behalf of my family’s ranch and other agricultural businesses across this nation, I ask you to please reconsider your proposed rules.  I ask you to go back and look into farm-related injuries and deaths, but be sure that your information is coming from a first-party source and not a second or third.  Visit farms and farming communities, but do not get your information from website statistics.  Please do not take such a positive, enriching learning experience away from the children of our country.  And please do not force us to take “family” out of our family farms.



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Where does your food come from?

Stores are full of beautiful, ripe, fresh fruit and vegetables. Loaded with delicious, nutritious meats and dairy products. And lets not forget about the wholesome grains. But all of this life-sustaining food doesn’t come from the store; it’s just sold there. Our food comes from hard-working men and women, that get up every day to provide us with this safe, nutritious food.

Since our food doesn’t come from “the store,” why is it that too many people seem to think its ok to choose a teeny fish over pumping necessary water for the crops? Why is it ok to destroy farm ground to build a train that will more than likely cost CA a small fortune and will never be completed? Why is it ok to destroy family businesses for this same train to nowhere? Where will our food come from if the ground is gone? Where will our food come from if regulations get so cumbersome and costly that no one can afford to farm? The US has the safest food supply in the World!

Here are two recent articles worth checking out:

Pacific Legal Foundation is continuing their effort to defend water rights and common sense. Recently they asked the Supreme Court “to hear their constitutional challenge to the federal government’s Delta smelt regulations that have led to devastating water-delivery restrictions through-out two-thirds of California.” -excert from PLF news release

Fox News visited the Central Valley to interview local dairy families about how the high-speed rail will affect their businesses.