Hello! My name is Arisha Ashraf and
I am a UC Riverside graduate student in Agricultural
Economics requesting your help in completing a brief
survey on farming in Southern California. I need
your help in understanding how SoCal farmers have
maintained successful farming systems in spite of
the historically harsh climate. I am particularly
interested in how general farming practices (e.g.,
irrigation practices, soil monitoring, leaching,
etc.) are related to farm performance (as measured
by production value).
Simply stated, I am a Southern Californian who would
like to get to know my farmers. Unfortunately,
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Library of Congress
Riverside County Farm Bureau is Proud to Announce
2015 - 2016 RCFB President
Richard A. Schmid
L-R: 2006 - 2012 Past President Grant Chaffin and President Richard A. Schmid.
Riverside County Farm Bureau is Proud to Announce
The Howie Award Recipients of 2015
Stephen J. Corona
L-R: RCFB Director's Ben Drake, Stephen J. Corona,
Andy Domenigoni, RCFB President Richard Schmid.
REPORTING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
We need all Crimes and Suspicious
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
encourages all citizens to report any criminal
or suspicious activity against agriculture to
them as soon as possible. The numbers below are
good throughout the county.
Emergencies or suspicious
activity: Dial 9-1-1.
760.836.3215, use option 5 for the operator.
Request a Telephonic Reporting Unit (TRU)
report. This system can be used to report
minor incidents and/or thefts.
Go to the “Crime Watch” setting and select
“Submit a Crime Report.” Complete the form
and press “Submit.”
For Release: August 18, 2010
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds
Stephens' Kangaroo Rat Still Endangered
Carlsbad, Calif. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
announced today it
has completed a 12-month finding on a petition to delist
rat (Dipodomys stephensi). After a review of the best
and commercial information, we find that delisting the
rat is not warranted at this time.
The 12-month finding can be viewed online today at the
Public Inspection Page. It will also be posted on
Docket Number FWS-R8-ES-2010-0052.
The status review was initiated after the Service received
two petitions to
delist the species. The first petition was submitted in
1995, followed by a
second petition in 2002. Both petitions included
assertions that the
discovery of new populations of the Stephens' kangaroo rat
completion of several Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP)
indicate the species
no longer needs protection under the Endangered Species
Although the intensity and magnitude of habitat loss from
greatly diminished through implementation of HCPs, there
populations of the species that are not conserved and
remain at risk.
Intensive management of some of the reserve areas that
of the Stephens' kangaroo rat is needed to maintain the
habitat for the
species. However, recent surveys on some of these reserve
the amount of occupied habitat has decreased over time.
This may indicate
current management strategies are not adequate and further
needed to evaluate the effectiveness of the ongoing
Stephens' kangaroo rats are nocturnal, burrow-dwellers
that feed primarily
on seeds. This species has a relatively large head with
cheek pouches that it uses to transport seeds to safe
kangaroo rats have large, elongated hind legs used for
jumping. They are
currently known to exist in portions of western Riverside
County, and parts
of northern and central San Diego County.
- FWS -
Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
6010 Hidden Valley Road, Suite 101
Carlsbad, California 92011
SACRAMENTO, CA; December 14, 2009:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must stop dragging its
feet and issue a delisting decision in response to
petitions from the Riverside County Farm Bureau to remove
the Stephens kangaroo rat (SKR) from listing under the
Endangered Species Act.
So argues a lawsuit filed in federal court today by
attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation, representing the
Riverside County Farm Bureau.
PLF is the nation’s leading legal watchdog for property
rights and a balanced approach to environmental
"For 14 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been
disobeying the legal deadline for properly responding to
the Riverside County Farm Bureau’s petition to delist the
SKR," said PLF attorney Damien Schiff. "Today we are
asking a federal court to order the agency to get off the
dime, obey the law, and issue a decision on SKR
delisting." The case is Riverside County Farm Bureau
v. Salazar. The complaint and the 1995 delisting
petition is available on PLF’s Web site.
Nearly 15 years of federal foot-dragging
The Stephens kangaroo rat was added to the Endangered
Species Act list in 1988. The Farm Bureau argues that the
information gathered by the FWS to place the SKR on the
endangered list significantly overestimated the threats to
the SKR’s survival and significantly underestimated
habitat available for the SKR. The Farm Bureau’s first
petition to delist the SKR was submitted on May 1, 1995.
Under the ESA, the agency had 90 days to determine whether
the petition had merit, but the FWS never responded to the
Farm Bureau’s petition.
On February 25, 2002, the Farm Bureau submitted a second
petition to the FWS to delist the SKR.
Although the FWS responded with a determination that the
delisting of the SKR might be warranted by the science, it
has not followed through on its legal obligation to issue
a final "determination," or ruling, on delisting.
"The Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors believes it has
given the FWS ample time to do its studies and determine
if the Stephens kangaroo rat should or should not remain
on the Endangered List," said Steve Pastor, executive
director of the Riverside County Farm Bureau. "It is now
time to settle this question through the court system."
The historic range of the Stephens kangaroo rat includes
western Riverside County, southwestern San Bernardino
County, and parts of northern and central San Diego
The listing’s harm to property owners
The continued listing of SKR is being challenged because
it is scientifically dubious and because the listing has
led to significant restrictions on private property. For
instance, to protect the SKR, government officials began
restricting brush-clearing by farmers and ranchers. In
1993, after these prohibitions were implemented, intense
brush fires destroyed several homes.
Pacific Legal Foundation is well-versed in litigation to
compel federal environmental officials to stop stalling on
delisting actions. For instance, PLF attorneys won the
lawsuit that forced the Fish and Wildlife Service to cease
delaying and remove the bald eagle from the Endangered
Species Act list.
Summary: PLF and Riverside County Farm Bureau sue to force
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act on Stephens
kangaroo rat delisting petitions. The case is
Riverside County Farm Bureau v. Salazar. The
complaint and the 1995 delisting petition is available at
PLF’s Web site.
About Pacific Legal Foundation
Pacific Legal Foundation is the oldest and most successful
public interest legal organization that litigates
nationwide for limited government, property rights, and a
balanced approach to environmental regulation.
A brief video about PLF’s history and mission, including
comments by former U.S. Attorney General Edwin J. Meese
III, can be viewed at