Monday, September 17, 2012
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow. Item #19 on the Consent Calendar is the Annual Report of the County’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, covering the period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. There is a link to the Report in today’s Land Use Report transcript, available at kusp.org/landuse. If you are interested in agriculture in Monterey County, check it out. The Report outlines a number of issues of importance to the future of agriculture, and identifies the appropriate staff person to contact to follow up.
Commercial agriculture in Monterey County is a big business. Here are some of the key issues mentioned in the Report:
- Threats from pests, especially the Light Brown Apple Moth and the European Grapevine Moth.
- Runoff and erosion related to the use of “hoop houses.”
- How compatible uses are treated under the Williamson Act (in other words, what uses will be permitted on agricultural lands with a Williamson Act contract). The County has determined that carnivals, festivals, races, weddings, and private parties are NOT compatible.
- What sort of compatible uses will be permitted in the County’s designated “Winery Corridor.”
Again, this is a report worth reading to see an inventory of the issues facing commercial agriculture in Monterey County.