Agriculture and Forestry Trade Fairs

Since the industrial revolution took over the world a long time ago, there has been a clear disparity between the progress of modern industries and agriculture. On one hand the number of industries has increased exponentially while on the other the development in agricultural techniques and methods has moved at a snail’s pace. Due to this misbalance in the progress of these two very important aspects of human needs, we find ourselves in a situation where food grains are in smaller supplies as compared to industrial goods. In today’s time, the need to promote agriculture and forestry has become essential for the survival of mankind. There are different ways through which we can solve this issue, but one of the most innovative way of addressing this problem is- Trade Fair.

Trade fairs can act as the best possible tool to address this important issue of depleting food grains and forest resources. The power of a trade fair to assemble a large producer and consumer base under one roof, can be used to achieve the ultimate objective of spreading awareness about agriculture and forestry amongst the masses as well as classes. Trade associations and organizers need to join hands, and come together in an effort to solve this issue. Some important points which should be taken into considerations before organizing fairs dedicated to Agriculture & Forestry Trade Shows are-Welfare of farmers-At such fairs, the welfare of the farmers should be kept in mind. A farmer is the smallest unit in the overall agricultural machinery. These farmers are normally taken for granted and never credited for their efforts. Special efforts should be made to involve the farmers in such fairs and they should be informed about newer technologies. Spread of new techniques amongst the farmers can give a real impetus to the overall production of the crops.Knowledge of food grain storage-Food grain storage is one of the most important areas that needs to be improved in the agricultural industry. Awareness about modern day methods and practices related with food grain storage should be spread at these fairs.Organization of Seminars and conferences- Agriculture & Forestry Trade Fairs are normally attended by the complete agricultural industry as well as the decision makers. A well-organized seminar or conference at a trade fair can really help the whole industry. Through discussions, people can put their issues in front of the decision makers and government officials. This can speed up the formulation of solutions which can go a long way in the welfare of the industry.

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CEQA – Agriculture and Forestry Resources

The California Natural Resources Agency adopted amendments to Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines on December 30, 2009. The amendments were effective as of March 18, 2010. The title of this section was changed from “Agriculture Resources” to “Agriculture and Forestry Resources” and two (2) questions pertaining to forest and timberland (Questions c and d) were added. In addition, guidance on where information could be found with respect to forest and timberland resources was added to the “Guide to the CEQA Initial Study Checklist 2010.”

The reasons for revising this section of Appendix G are described below.

According to the California Natural Resources Agency, Final Statement of Reasons for Regulatory Action, December 2009, “The amendments would add several questions addressing forest resources in the section on Agricultural Resources. Forestry questions are appropriately addressed in the Appendix G checklist for several reasons. First, forests and forest resources are directly linked to both GHG emissions and efforts to reduce those emissions. For example, conversion of forests to non-forest uses may result in direct emissions of GHG emissions. (See, e.g., California Energy Commission Baseline GHG Emissions for Forest, Range, and Agricultural Lands in California (March, 2004) at p. 19.)

“Such conversion would also remove existing carbon stock (i.e., carbon stored in vegetation), as well as a significant carbon sink (i.e., rather than emitting GHGs, forests remove GHGs from the atmosphere). (Scoping Plan, Appendix C, at p. C-168.) Thus, such conversions are an indication of potential GHG emissions. Changes in forest land or timberland zoning may also ultimately lead to conversions, which could result in GHG emissions, aesthetic impacts, impacts to biological resources and water quality impacts, among others.

“Thus, these additions are reasonably necessary to ensure that lead agencies consider the full range of potential impacts in their initial studies. In the same way that an EIR must address conversion of prime agricultural land or wetlands as part of a project (addressing the whole of the action requires analyzing land clearance in advance of project development), so should it analyze forest removal. Agriculture and Forest Resources deals with project impacts that may affect agricultural land, forest land, and timberland either directly (through removal of such lands by project development) or indirectly (by contributing to factors that result in the conversion of such land to other uses).”

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