Just got a scarry letter and form from Mr. Ed Williams, Supervisor/State
of California/Fruit, Vegetable and Egg Quality Control Branch/1220 N
Street, Room A-447/Sacramento, CA 95814
Saying that Unless wee small farmers pay up we are going to have our
local farmers' markets ripped out from under us. That "in order for the
certification/enforcement program and certified producer exemptions from
commercial packaging, labeling, and sizing requirements to continue,
adequate funding for the State program must be obtained".
Also that there have been some "significant problems" from secondary
certificates sellers at markets. Which will of course require more
restrictions on us to rectify.
It sounds like a stick up to me, or an attempt at assasination. Either
implimented by bureaucrates, corporate agriculture, or shippers.
We got just until Sept. 11th to reply with a limited survey that seems
to ask us how we want to be held up.!! We get to choose.
No back up information. No phone number. Just the short limited survey
and a return envelope.
Anybody else got one of these and is as upset as this as me?
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