A tough year for prunes led to a 4.4 percent drop in Sutter County’s crop values from 2015 to 2016, according to Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert.
The Agricultural Commissioner issued the 2016 Sutter County Agricultural Report to County Supervisors on Tuesday, reporting agricultural production at $514 million, down 4.4 percent from the $544 million reported in 2015.
Rice remains the top ranking crop in 2016 with a total value of $127 million. Though still in a drought, water allocations increased in 2016 attributing to a rise in acreage by 27 percent. The total value of walnuts increased 53% in 2016 due to higher acreage and yields, rising to $118 million after crashing to $77 million in 2015.
Prunes were hit the hardest by inclement weather in March. The prune crop was devastated, leading to a 54% loss in production and 55% loss of total value. At a total production value of $24 million for 2016, prunes dropped from third to seventh place after a total production value of $54 million in 2015, Herbert said.
Processing peaches ($56 million), nursery products ($35 million) and processing tomatoes ($34 million), and almonds ($31 million) rounded out the top crops.
For an online copy of the report visit this link:https://suttercounty.org/contents/pdf/ag/CropReports/2016_Crop_Report.pdf
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 12, voted to direct staff to draft an urgency ordinance establishing a moratorium on new commercial trucking operations in the unincorporated areas of Sutter County.
An urgency ordinance would put existing applications on hold and restrict County staff from accepting new applications for 45 days. The Board could vote to extend the moratorium if necessary.
The Board will consider the draft ordinance at its meeting on October 10.
Supervisors have received multiple complaints about the impacts commercial trucking operations are having on residential neighborhoods, particularly in and around the intersection of Oswald Road and Highway 99. Residents say they fear increasing truck traffic and other impacts. They also complain about the noise of trucks being worked on late into the night.
Commercial trucking is an important job creator. Truck drivers told the Board there are between 1,500 and 2,000 people in Sutter County working in the trucking industry.
On August 22, the Board of Supervisors formed an Ad Hoc Commercial Trucking Committee of Supervisor Dan Flores and Supervisor Ron Sullenger. The purpose of the committee is to review the county’s policies and procedures regarding the location, permitting, and enforcement of conditions associated with the operation of commercial truck yards.
A moratorium would allow the Ad Hoc Committee and staff time to complete their work before any new trucking operations are allowed, and allow the County time to study potential improvements at the intersection of Highway 99 and Oswald Road.
There are six pending applications for either new trucking operations, conversion of agricultural trucking operations to commercial operations, or expansion of existing commercial trucking operations.
It will take a 4/5 vote for the draft ordinance to be adopted and go into effect immediately.
Residents asked how they can contact a code enforcement officer when trucking operations create noise, or dust, or other nuisances. The phone number for Development Services is 530-822-7400. An anonymous complaint form is available online on the Sutter County website.
Drive-thru flu clinic and prescription drug drop-off will be held on Sunday, September 24th, from noon to 2:00 pm at River Valley High School, 801 El Margarita Road, Yuba City.
Shots are for persons age 14 and over. Please wear loose clothing that quickly bares the upper arm.
Preseciption medications that are no longer needed can be dropped off also for free disposal.
Find further vaccine information and forms online on the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Program page.