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Our View: Local governments should vocalize about floodplain regulations

We've said it before, and we'll say it again — and we wish that more public figures would say it and say it louder: It makes no sense to treat agricultural interests located in floodplains the way you'd treat residential, commercial and/or industrial areas located in floodplains.

Yet, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, if left unchecked, could have terrible effects on agriculture in our area. The measure would restrict the building of needed agriculture structures and dramatically increase the cost of flood insurance.

Sutter County Farmers Grappling with Impending Floor Insurance Rate Increases

For Sutter County farmers grappling with impending flood insurance rate increases and draconian building restrictions, the only certainty is uncertainty.

Flood insurance: 'No win' for homeowners

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that people who buy federal flood insurance need to plan for big rate hikes. FEMA director Craig Fugate said some people now paying hundreds of dollars a year could wind up paying thousands because Congress says the program must at least pay for itself.

 

Floodplain AG Coaltion Pushed in Yuba-Sutter

Hoping to show strength in numbers, several counties and farming groups, including Yuba and Sutter, are forming a regional coalition to make federal policies more flexible for those in flood-prone agricultural areas Yuba County supervisors will consider a proposal next week to formally join the coalition, called the Agricultural Management Floodplain Alliance.

Regional AG Coalition Will Target Flood Rules

Farmers fear new FEMA regulations will endanger land use, raise costs. Read the article below: