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February 2019 Vol. 26 Number 2 INSIDE



2019 Wine vs. Beer Showdown

Photos by Dino Giacomazzi

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2018 Wine vs. Beer Showdown on Jan. 31. Your support of our largest annual fundraiser helps raise money to fund Farm Bureau programs and events like Farm Day. We’re especially grateful to the vendors and sponsors, without whom this evening wouldn’t have been possible. Please support the following businesses that help support us. 201 Kitchen A.S. Danielsons A.S. Danielsons Bennett Water Systems Bird Street Brewing Bobby Salazar's Boparai Farms Cacciatore Fine Wines & Olive Oil Dairy Goddess Farms Fagundes Old World Cheese Farmers Fury Winery Farm Credit West Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Fugazzi’s Ginja 9 Golden State Farm Credit Hanse Farms Lake Bottom Brewery & Distillery L.T. Sue Tearoom Main Street Hanford Plan B Taphouse Raven’s Deli Rebekah’s Espresso Rosa Brothers Milk Co Tactical Ops Brewery Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company Under The Oaks Ranch Beef

Thank you also to the Junior Fair Board and California Women of Agriculture for volunteering their time. Also to those who donated the many wonderful silent auction items. CAMP FIRE RELIEF PG. 12



Purpose Protect, preserve and enhance agriculture in Kings County

Vision Ensure that every farmer has the right to farm and protect their heritage


Our Members I Proactive Representative Reliable I Trusted Resource

Officers President: Monty Hoggard Vice President: Brian Medeiros Secretary/Treasurer: Kevin Robertson

Directors Brian Bergman Shane Bickner Chuck Draxler John Ellis Todd Fukuda Johnathan Garcia Dino Giacomazzi Garrett Gilcrease Pete Hanse

Michael Miya Brian Potter Brian Rodrigues Brandon Sargent Jared Silveira Helen Sullivan Steve Walker Frank Zonneveld

CFBF District Representative Jenny Holterman

Executive Director Dusty Ference

Thanks for making the 2019 Wine vs. Beer Showdown a great event By Dusty Ference, Executive Director I am writing this report on the heels of what may have been the best Wine vs. Beer Showdown in KCFB history. This year’s event was one for the record books. We’ll be sharing some of the highlights in this issue, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the vendors, guests and volunteers that made this year’s event such a success. You are the reason we had such a great Dusty Ference time and had the pleasure of hosting nearly 400 of our closest friends for an evening of networking and comradery. I hope that this year's Wine vs. Beer Showdown has set the tone for the rest of 2019 as we have a few changes and several new opportunities on the horizon. Our first change is this issue of “Farm Life.” This issue is our first ever that will not be printed and mailed to our members, but was instead shared electronically by email and as an addition to The board of directors and I see this as a great way to modernize our communication strategy while providing a more significant opportunity for our members and others to know what KCFB is up to and learn how we benefit the community. Members can expect the same level of industry news coverage and updates while we expand our outreach capabilities and provide a more significant number of views to our advertisers. For now, “Farm Life” will be printed and mailed every other month, and every issue will be posted at

Community Relations Coordinator Barbara Martin


Executive Director Ference is the invited guest to present to the Lemoore Rotary Club


Executive Director Ference is meeting with the FELS representative working in the South Valley. The meeting will focus on the services FELS can provide for KCFB members


Coffee with KCFB in Corcoran


South Valley Caucus meeting in Fresno

12–14 World Ag Expo 18

Office Closed


KCFB Board of Directors meeting


KCFB Finance Committee meeting

Farm Life Editorial & Advertising Amy Fienen (559) 246-6433

Farm Life Designer Beth Greene


870 Greenfield Ave., Hanford, CA 93230 Phone: (559) 584-3557

Kings County Farm Bureau @KingsFarmBureau @KingsFarmBureau Kings County Farm Bureau’s “FarmLife” does not accept responsibility for statements by advertisers or for products advertised in “FarmLife,” nor does Farm Bureau accept responsibility for statements or expressions of opinion other than content showing authorship by an officer, director, or employee of Farm Bureau or its affiliates. © Kings County Farm Bureau, 2019



Executive Director Ference met with the Food Safety Alliance to discuss FSMA and how the organizations can work together to ensure our members are compliant.

1/16 Executive Director Ference attended the Kings EDC Industrial Group luncheon; topics covered time of use energy rate changes, a status update from Faraday Futures, a presentation from CalRecycle on Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ), as well as new CalRecycle initiatives and mandates. 1/17 KCFB staff participated in the Kings County Ag Roundtable 1/24 President Hoggard and Executive Director Ference participated in a meeting with the six South Valley County Farm Bureaus from Merced to Kern know as the South Valley Caucus to discuss future collaboration. 1/31 KCFB hosted the annual Wine vs. Beer Showdown



KCFB members: We need your email address Beginning in 2019, “Farm Life” will be printed in its usual format for six months out of the year, while the other six months, it will be distributed electronically. In order to ensure that all our members receive the new electronic version of “Farm Life,” we need your email address. Many members did not provide this information when applying

KCFB hosting Coffee with KCFB event on Feb. 7 As part of our ongoing mission to engage with our members and provide information that will be valuable to them during their day-to-day operations, we’re hosting Coffee with KCFB on Thursday, Feb. 7. This gathering will give members the opportunity to meet and interact with board members and staff in a comfortable, informal setting. Coffee with Farm Bureau will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at El Capitan, 1220 Whitley Ave. in Corcoran. Please join members of our board of directors and Executive Director Dusty Ference to discuss current events affecting the ag industry and the role Farm Bureau is playing on your behalf. We will provide coffee, pastries and open ears. Whether you’d like to hear about the latest legislative issues and how they relate to your business, or discuss best farming practices, this event will offer a unique opportunity to gather feedback and advice from your peers. It’s also a chance to make new friends and network with other farmers, ranchers and industry professionals. “We host these meetings as an assurance that our board of directors and staff are staying focused on the issues that are important to our membership,” said KCFB President Monty Hoggard. “Our members are the most important part of our organization because without them we can’t exist. Staying connected with them is one of our top priorities.” For more information, please call the KCFB office at 584-3557.

for membership, so we’re asking that you provide it now so we can ensure you’ll receive “Farm Life,” which is a valuable member benefit. Please email Barbara Martin at bmartin@ with your email address, or call the office at (559) 584-3557.

Farm Bureau MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT’s cold outside! Time to save with KCFB and AmeriGas Farm Bureau members save $0.05 per gallon on propane deliveries, receive a complimentary service check and a No Run-Out Guarantee with automatic delivery. Additionally, members have access to: • 24 hour emergency services • Online bill pay options • $100 referral bonus for new customers • Order deliveries online Visit AmeriGas online at for additional information.



KCFB 2019 scholarship applications being accepted Kings County Farm Bureau offers scholarships to students based upon academic achievement, extracurricular activities, determination, leadership skills, and a commitment to a career in agriculture. This year, the committee will use discretion on the number and amount of awards to be distributed. In addition, scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary one-year collegiate membership in the Kings County Farm Bureau. Who is eligible? Students must be entering a two or four-year accredited college or university, or vocational education institute with the intent to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. Students must be a resident of Kings County or attend a Kings County High School. Requirements & Recommendations: • Official High School transcript (MUST be attached to submitted application) • MUST have 2.5 minimum G.P.A. at the time of application submission • Two letters of recommendation (MUST be attached to submitted application. Cannot be from applicant's relative) • MUST be pursuing a career in the agricultural industry • It is recommended that applicant demonstrate a service to Kings County Agriculture or the Kings County Farm Bureau through some form of volunteerism or community service project • It is recommended that applicant's parent, employer or relative be a Kings County Farm Bureau member Deadline: April 5, 2019 Applications must be recieved by 4:30 pm in the KCFB office or postmarked by April 5, 2019. Email applications will be accepted by the deadline date and time. Make sure that application and all attached documents are scanned and uploaded in PDF format. Scholarship application can also be downloaded from KCFB website: OR FILLED OUT ONLINE. (Please upload attachments with application) Kings County Farm Bureau Office address: 870 Greenfield Ave., Hanford, CA 93230 email: For more information: (559) 584-3557



SAVE THE DATE March 14, 2019

Kings Fairgrounds


Marcelo Martins Hyeland Farming LLC



For more information please contact Kings County Office of Education: Ruth McFarren: (559) 589-7056 or Kings County Farm Bureau (559) 584-3557

Volunteers needed for Farm Day 2019 By Amy D. Fienen Farm Day, a unique opportunity to teach local children about agriculture, is just around the corner, and volunteers are needed to help make the day a success. Kings County Farm Bureau, the Kings County Office of Education and the Kings Fair team up annually for Farm Day, an educational enrichment program for all third-graders in the county. This year’s Farm Day will take place on Thursday, March 14 at the Kings Fairgrounds. The event’s success is dependent upon the commitment received from hundreds of volunteers, so please mark your calendar if you are able to join us. Farm Day brings together 2,300 students and their teachers for the opportunity to learn basic facts about agriculture, become familiar with food and animal production, and have personal contact with farmers and livestock. Dusty Ference, KCFB’s executive director, said that Farm Day teaches local children valuable lessons about what it means to live in a community that feeds the world. “Our goal is for every child who attends Farm Day to gain an increased awareness of the positive contributions that agriculture makes not only to our local community and our economy, but to the world,” he said. More than 200 volunteers are needed in order to make this year’s Farm Day as successful as those held in years past. “Farm Day would simply not be possible without those willing to give of their time and talents,” Ference said. “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers whose commitment allows this event to come together year after year. Your contribution will guarantee a rewarding and special day for Kings County third-graders.” Volunteers for the March 14 event should plan to be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lunch will be served for all participants. If you would like to volunteer for Farm Day, please contact the KCFB office at 584-3557.

Kings County Water District Jones Collision Center Zenith Agribusiness Solution First Solar Development LLC Richard S. Martinez Rain for Rent West Side Pump 3 Sisters Farming Co. J G Boswell Company Quality Machinery Center Smith Welding Shop Pearsons Realty


Don Bickner Jr. Don & Steve Bettencourt Farms Luis M. Esparza Dennis R. Flood Hill Fuller Jr. Kings County Dairy Herd David Kahn Joseph C. McGahan Ed Paulo John Buwalda Farmland Management Service Mark A. Rosa John C. Stewart Randy Strole Corcoran Irrigation District Carlton Duty Richard D. Jones Painted Trails Farm Polder Bros Ranch Inc David Silva Valley View Farms



AFBF celebrates 100 years of success at Annual Convention In front of a celebratory gathering of approximately 6,000 farmers and ranchers from across the nation last month, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall opened AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention by outlining a few of the organization’s many historic accomplishments – from leading the way on the nation’s first farm bill in the 1930s to helping develop the Food for Peace Program in the 1950s. As AFBF heads toward a new century of service to America’s farm and ranch families, Duvall said the organization will continue to be guided by the honorable principle that “farmers want to feed people.” That job is not without challenges, such as the weather disasters, economic challenges and trade complications seen in 2018. However, Duvall said that 2018 was also a year marked by big victories on issues affecting farm and ranch families across the nation. “Most of us are happy to see 2018 in the rear-view mirror, but on the policy front 2018 could go down in our history as a huge success story,” Duvall told the farmers and ranchers gathered in New Orleans for the organization’s centennial meeting. The list of victories starts with tax reform, which lowered tax rates for almost every farmer and rancher. That effort included a doubling of the estate tax exemption for farm families, a long-sought goal of the American Farm Bureau, Duvall said. Another big win, according to Duvall, was passage of the 2018 farm bill, which improved risk management tools, protected the availability of crop insurance and provided essential funding for trade develop- AFBF President Zippy Duvall addresses members at last month’s American Farm Bureau ment, agricultural research Federation’s 100th Annual Convention. Photo courtesy of AFBF and development, and programs for beginning farmers. new Clean Water Rule proposed by Reform of expensive and overreaching regulations continues to the Environmental Protection Agency be a bright spot for agriculture. Duvall said the Trump adminand the Army Corps of Engineers. istration has taken 28 deregulatory actions thus far, with about That rule is being proposed to replace half of those related to agriculture. Duvall listed a few of the 50 the flawed and unworkable 2015 additional initiatives in the works, such as an exemption for elec- WOTUS rule. tronic logging devices for livestock haulers and rules governing “Farmers and ranchers want clean the renewable fuel E15. water and clear rules, and we know One of the brightest points in the regulatory reform area is the we can have both,” Duvall said. “We believe this new Clean Water Rule is rooted in common sense, will protect our nation’s water, and allow farmers to farm their land without having to hire a team of consultants and lawyers.” As for the year ahead, Duvall told members to gear up for additional opportunities related to regulatory reform, farm labor, trade and infrastructure, including rural broadband. In closing, Duvall told members he views Farm Bureau as a big family. “Farm Bureau members throughout our history, and still today, have always answered the call to feed, fuel and defend our nation. I am grateful for this wonderful organization,” Duvall said. “Its founding 100 years ago was truly a breakthrough in American history. The founding fathers and mothers of our nation and of Farm Bureau were guided by a divine hand, a hand that still guides us today.”



Meet recently sworn-in Congressman Tony Cox and Senator Melissa Hurtado, representing Kings County in Washington, D.C. TJ Cox TJ Cox was sworn in last month as the new Congressman for California’s 21st Congressional District, which includes all of Kings County and portions of Fresno, Kern and Tulare Counties. A Democrat, Cox replaces the six-year incumbent, Republican Congressman David Valadao from Hanford. Cox is a California native and the son of Chinese and Filipino immigrants who moved to the Valley two decades ago. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. A licensed engineer, he spent a decade working in engineering and construction and founded two nut-processing businesses. In 2010, he started the Central Valley Fund, which raises money for projects located in economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout the Valley. The fund has raised and invested more than $65 million dollars to build health clinics, job-training centers, affordable housing and clean energy plants. On his website, Cox says he “understands firsthand the importance of the agricultural industry as a driving force in California's economy,” and that while in office, he will work to create high-paying jobs in health care, agriculture and other industries. He says he will work to foster new agricultural businesses, create innovative farming techniques, fight for fair trade deals, and invest in job training. Cox’s wife, Kathleen Murphy, MD, is a pediatric intensive care physician at Valley Children's Hospital. The couple has four children. Cox has been named to the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee for Natural Resources.

Understanding farm succession planning Finding time to talk to your family about succession planning for your farm may be difficult. You may also be uncomfortable with the thought of selling your farm or handing over control to family members. Make the time to develop a solid transition plan for your farming business. You’ll help ensure that your family’s wishes are met, and emotional stress is minimized.

What you should know up front about transitioning your farm

Unlike estate plans, which concentrate on tax liabilities and the various ways to lessen the tax burden, succession plans focus on the future of the farm. They’re an integral part of an estate farm plan. When you decide to retire, your farm succession plan may include: • Transferring or selling ownership to a vested family member. To be fair to non-farming heirs, you may leave them with equal settlements of money, stock or other assets. • Liquidating farm assets, such as auctioning equipment and livestock or selling land. • Renting or leasing your land and equipment. • Selling or contracting the property.

Determine the desired end result

Concentrate on the desired final outcomes of the succession. Among the important questions, you should ask yourself: “Farm Succession” cont’d on page 9

Melissa Hurtado Melissa Hurtado now represents the 14th Senate District, which includes cities in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. Hurtado, a Democrat, replaces Republican incumbent Andy Vidak, a Hanford farmer. Hurtado was born in Sanger to immigrant parents and graduated from Sanger High School. She went to Sacramento State where she studied government and philosophy, becoming the first member of her family to attend and graduate from college. She returned to her hometown after college and worked as a local advocate for Health Access, a Sacramento-based consumer advocacy organization. She was elected to the Sanger city council in 2016. On her website, Hurtado says she looks forward to working on legislation that will expand access to healthcare for all, create quality jobs, improve public education and protect water. She says she supports building more water storage projects, including Temperance Flat and water conveyance projects like the Friant-Kern Canal. She says she understands that agriculture is the backbone of our local economy and will “advocate to protect and expand existing water supplies for our Valley farmers.” Hurtado has been assigned as chair of the Human Services Committee for the 2019–20 Legislative session and has been designated to the Health, Veterans Affairs, Budget and Fiscal Review, and Governance and Finance Committee.

Courtesy of Nationwide



Ag Commissioner’s Compliance Report

Jimmy Hook, Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer

New regulations for bee hives are now in effect Contributed by Lynda Schrumpf, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Nearly 1.8 million European honeybee hives a year are needed to pollinate the 1.2 million acres of almond trees and other crops in the state of California. Of the estimated 1.2 million of these hives that are brought in from out of state, it’s estimated that only 5% of those out of state bees are in compliance with current California quarantine and/ or apiary regulations. An effort to address these problems has resulted in the passage of a California Assembly Bill 2468, which took effect Jan. 1, 2019, reinforcing and updating the current apiary registration and notification requirements. The two key components of AB 2468 will be phased in over a two-year period. Phase one requirements took effect Jan. 1, 2019, and specifies that all apiaries maintained in California must be registered with the County Agricultural Commissioner and the hives must contain the required markings identifying the owner. Hives must be identified by a prominently displayed sign at the entrance to the apiary or stenciled on the hive in dark letters on a contrasting background with the owner’s name, address and phone number. Relocation of hives requires notifying the Agricultural Commissioner where the bees are currently located, as well as the intended destination within 72 hours of the movement. Although the registration and identification requirements have always been required, the County Agricultural Commissioner lacked the tools to enforce those regulations. Phase two goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and allows a County Agricultural Commissioner to use the Administrative Civil Penalty process to impose fines for violations. There are several methods that beekeepers can use to register and update their bee locations, such as California’s new “Bee Where” program (, or many out of state beekeepers already use “Fieldwatch©” ( to update their hive locations. Bee Where partnered with FieldWatch© to provide a quick and free registration option for California and out-of-state beekeepers. Bee Where is a collaborative ini-

tiative to bring beekeepers and pesticide applicators together to share best practices by tracking and safeguarding hive locations across the state using innovative mapping tools. Bee Where is more than just a platform for registration and GIS hive location tracking. Bee Where integrates with crop management tools like Agrian and CDMS that are used by Pest Control Advisers (PCAs), growers and licensed applicators in the state. These crop management tools will interface with the Bee Where layer to access the general number of hives within a mile of the permit when a PCA is considering a pesticide for crop management, and will allow applicators more in-depth access to hive locations for 48-hour notification purposes. For more information or should you have any questions, please contact Lynda Schrumpf, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Kings County Department of Agriculture,, (559) 852-2830.



“Farm Succession” cont’d from page7

• What do my spouse and I envision for the future of the farm? • Do I want to stay involved with the operation on a smaller scale? • What kind of income might I need for retirement or health care costs? If you have a family member who could and may want to take over the operation, you should be comfortable that they have the knowledge and skills to run it profitably. Also, think about siblings who might each want a piece of the farm. Are you being pressured to sell by those who don’t share your love of the land?

Getting it right the first time

Succession plans sometimes fail because certain risks were not considered during the planning stages, including: • Inadequate cash flow • Liquidation of some assets to provide for retirement

• Poor farm estate planning • Unresolved issues between family members or a successor who’s not prepared to lead and manage the farm business It’s important to enlist the help of qualified professionals who don’t have a stake in the final decisions. They can help you make sound, unbiased decisions for your farm estate. Qualified professionals may include: • A financial or estate planner who specializes in farm estate planning • A moderator or arbitrator to help with family discussions • Your banker to help with finance resources • Your accountant who has income records and projections for your business • Your personal attorney, or one who specializes in tax issues You can also trust Nationwide to help guide you throughout the entire transition planning process. Learn more about our Land As Your Legacy® program.



Directory of Farm Bureau Supporting Business Members These businesses and organizations support the agricultural industry and the Kings County Farm Bureau. Please support them and tell them you are a Farm Bureau member. Call us at 584-3557. Friends of Farm Bureau sponsors are noted in bold listings. By joining FB as a business member, your business is added to this directory.


Bressler & Company Certified Public Accountant's 559-924-1225 M. Green and Company LLP 559-584-2751


California Women for Agriculture 559-737-8899 Kings River Conservation District 559-237-5567


Billingsley Tire 559-924-3481 Jones Collision Center 559-924-2169 Maaco Collision & Auto Painting 559-924-3000 Richard's Chevrolet-Buick 559-992-3158


Bank of the Sierra 559-585-6700 Bank of the West 559-802-4066 Central Valley Community Bank 559-323-3493 Citizens Business Bank 866-578-0658 Farm Credit West 559-584-2681 Golden State Farm Credit 559-584-5401 Rabobank 559-587-0218


Baker Commodities Inc. 559-582-0271 Buttonwillow Warehouse Co. 559-992-5120 Calcot Ltd. 661-327-5961 Overland Stockyards 559-582-0404 Penny Newman Grain Company 559-448-8800 Tulare Lake Compost 559-840-4368


Blair Air Services Inc./ Blair Ground Services 559-924-1276 Crop Production Services 559-584-5583 Diversified Crop Services 559-582-5644 Helena 559-582-0291 Innovative Ag Services LLC 559-731-4924 Lakeland Dusters 559-992-5716 SNF Agriculture 559-309-4301 TriCal Inc. 559-673-5237 Valley Ag Spraying 559-772-5515 Verdegaal Brothers Inc. 559-582-9205


A Design for You 559-582-6200 All Valley Printing/ Treefrog Print Shop 559-584-5444 Danell Brothers Inc. 559-582-1251 Dias & Fragoso Inc. 559-584-8036 Garcia & Sons Hay Harvesting 559-707-4420 Hanford Roofing Company 559-582-5607 McCann & Sons Hay Service 559-925-9110 Mello Chipping 559-589-0300 Netto Ag Inc. 559-585-2097 Stoney's Sand & Gravel 559-924-9229 Swinger Pruning Services 559-816-7711 Warmerdam Orchard Services 559-924-4662


Kings Dairy Supply Inc. 559-582-9459 Summerhill Dairy 559-468-6554 Vet Pharmaceutical Inc. 559-582-6800


Hanford Equipment 559-582-0443 HarvestPort 559-284-9107 Lawrence Tractor Co. 559-582-9002 Linder Equipment Co. 559-685-5000 Quality Machinery Center 559-707-1638 Quinn Company 559-992-2193


AgSeeds Unlimited 559-923-1800 Evangelho Seed Co. 559-324-9554 West Valley Supply 559-924-3442


Gary Robinson 559-779-5541 Grabow Farming 559-816-4590 J.G. Boswell Co. 559-992-5011 Keenan Farms 559-945-1400 Miya Farms 559-309-3300 Stone Land Co. 559-945-2205 Sullivan Farming LLC 559-289-2452 Summerhill Dairy 559-804-8148 Taylor Farms 559-584-3798 The P Nut Farm 559-582-6952


Avila Acres Country Gourmet 559-584-5935 Eddie's Catering 559-707-8796 Kings River Produce 559-587-9387 Pizza Factory 559-992-3148 Superior Dairy 559-582-0481


Bacome Insurance 559-584-3323 Carl Nelson Insurance 559-584-4495 Der Manouel Insurance Group 559-447-4600 Golden State Crop & Insurance Services 559-587-9007 Mackey & Mackey Insurance Agency 559-583-9393 Mitchell Insurance Services 559-713-1315 Pacific Ag Insurance Agency 559-584-3391 The Zenith 877-581-8237

IRRIGATION/PUMPS/WELLS Bennett & Bennett Irrigation Services 559-582-9336 Carver Pump 855-622-7837 Grabow Well Drilling Inc. 559-362-5172 Kaweah Pump Inc. 559-747-0755 Kings County Water District 559-584-6412 Laguna Irrigation District 559-923-4239 Lakeside Irrigation Water District 559-584-3396 Myers Brothers Well Drilling Inc. 559-582-9031

Companies in bold are Business Support members AND Friends of Farm Bureau

Myers Well Drilling 559-906-0930 Rain for Rent/Westside Pump 559-693-4315 Westlands Water District 559-905-6736


Sunrise Farm Labor 559-945-2292


Dean Beck's Machine Shop 559-582-4144 Jim Harp's Stainless Steel Welding 559-582-6011 Morgan & Slates Manufacturing & Supplies 559-582-4417 R-N-R Welding 559-584-0213 Sawtelle & Rosprim Machine Co. 559-992-2117 Smith Welding Shop 559-584-8652

PETROLEUM Buford Oil Co. Inc. 559-582-9028 Dassel's Petroleum 559-582-8515 Gary V. Burrows Inc. 559-924-2064 J.C. Lansdowne Inc. 559-651-1760 Roe Oil Co. 559-584-5690 Valley Pacific Petroleum 559-732-8381

PROCESSORS County Line Gin Inc. 559-854-7489 Keenan Farms 559-945-1400 Olam SVI 559-584-2711 Warmerdam Packing LP 559-584-9211


Dias Law Firm Inc. 559-585-7330 Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dowd & Gin LLP 559-584-6656 Kahn, Soares & Conway LLP 559-584-3337 Kings County EDC 559-585-3576 Zumwalt-Hansen & Associates Inc. 559-582-3576


Pearson Realty 559-732-7300


CalCom Solar 661-234-0978 Coldwell Solar 888-705-5055 First Solar 415-935-2507 REC Solar 717-515-4519 Recurrent Energy 415-675-1500 Renewable Solar 559-816-5088


E & B Bulk Transportation 559-582-9135 Mesa Alta Transportation 559-250-1270 Mid Valley Disposal 559-237-9425

UTILITIES Pacific Gas & Electric 559-263-5308 unWired Broadband 844-650-3278







Bacome Insurance Agency Dias Law Firm Inc. Gar Tootelian J.C. Lansdowne Inc. Coldwell Solar Inc. Danell Custom Harvesting Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dowd & Gin LLP Helena Agri-Enterprises LLC J.G. Boswell Company Inc. JKB Energy Inc.

M Green & Company LLP Pacific Gas & Electric Renewable Solar Sandridge Partners Kahn, Soares & Conway LLP Morgan & Slates Manufacturing & Supplies Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients Pacific Ag Insurance Quality Machinery Center Rain for Rent

The Wonderful Company Verdegaal Brothers

Summerhill Dairy Stone Land Co. S&W Seed Company Wells Fargo Bank

Bronze A Design for You Billingsley Tire Inc. Bressler & Company Certified Public Accountants Giacomazzi Dairy Grower Direct Nut Company

Hanford Equipment Co. Innovative Ag Services LLC Keenan Farms Keller Motors Kings Dairy Supply Inc. Laguna Irrigation District

Mello Chipping Plain Insane Graphix Pearson Realty Inc. Rabobank Richard's Chevrolet Schuil & Associates

Sullivan Farming LLC Tulare Lake Compost Valley Ag Spraying Wilbur Ellis Inc.



Farm Credit associations donate to Camp Fire relief efforts Courtesy of Golden State Farm Credit Multiple associations of the Farm Credit System, which has served the nation’s agricultural and rural communities for more than 100 years, have come to the aid of a community in need. Together they have donated nearly $500,000 to help victims of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the deadliest fire in California’s history. Golden State Farm Credit, which serves farmers and ranchers in Butte County, neighboring Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit, and the system’s banking partner, CoBank, have coordinated efforts with the Farm Credit Associations across the United States to assist the efforts of local relief agencies, said J. Fletcher Monroe, Golden State Farm Credit’s president and Chief Executive Officer. “We here at Golden State Farm Credit are honored to be part of the Farm Credit System, where we stand by each other and our communities in times of crises,” Monroe said. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support, heartfelt prayers, and generosity received from so many. “The funds provided to these local organizations, along with a small portion given to the Employee Relief Fund to assist our staff members who lost their homes in the fire, will have an immediate impact as well as helping the long-term rebuilding efforts Butte County, residents, and businesses will face for years to come. We are thankful to all that have selflessly given to those in need.” Participating in the effort are Farm Credit West, which also serves customers in a portion of Butte “Camp Fire Relief” cont’d on page 13

Contact Richard's or KCFB for a special incentive!

Donations presented to the Butte County Camp Fire Animal Agriculture Assistance Fund. L to R: Darren Rice (Butte County Farm Bureau President), Holly Foster(President Butte County Cattlemen’s Association), J. Fletcher Monroe (President and CEO Golden State Farm Credit), Tracy Schohr (Butte County Livestock Advisor), and Doug Bentz (Chairman Butte Agriculture Foundation).

FEBRUARY 2019 | KINGS COUNTY FARM BUREAU “Camp Fire Relief” cont’d from page 12

County, along with California-based organizations American Ag Credit, Fresno Madera Farm Credit, and Yosemite Farm Credit. “California’s agricultural communities have been heavily impacted by a series of natural disasters in recent years,” said Leili Ghazi, CoBank’s western region president. “Among all of these, the Camp Fire stands apart due to the scale of the devastation and the loss of life. CoBank is proud to join our Farm Credit partners to support the individuals, families and communities impacted by this fire. We hope that our gifts will, in some small way, help them on their journey to recovery.” Organizations from outside the state assisting in the relief effort are AgVantis, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Premier Farm Credit, Texas Farm Credit, and Western AgCredit. The blaze broke out on Nov. 8 and consumed more than 153,000 acres before being fully contained a month later. A total of 85 residents and three firefighters were killed and almost 14,000 homes, along with 528

commercial buildings and nearly 4,300 other structures were destroyed. Monroe said the fire had an impact on agriculture as well. Several Golden State Farm Credit members lost homes and outbuildings; at least one lost a business in Paradise. The fire affected local beekeepers, destroyed a small vineyard, and burned a great deal of range land. The fire also hit the local 4H and FFA programs, where the kids lost structures they would have used to raise their fair animals. In addition, five Golden State employees lost their homes in the fire.




Preparations underway for 2019 World Ag Expo, held Feb. 12-14 The International Agri-Center is set to hold the 52nd World Ag Expo Feb. 12-14, 2019. The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo boasts more than 1,450 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. In 2018, 106,700 people came from 49 states and 63 countries to attend the 51st World Ag Expo. On Tuesday morning, Opening Ceremonies will kick off the show with special guest speaker, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. A variety of seminars will be offered, including dairy, water, international trade, government regulation and women in agriculture. These seminars are presented by professionals in the industry and provide attendees with valuable information to improve their operations. New this year will be a free, one-day conference aimed at young women interested in a career in agriculture. Grow by FarmHer, is being held on the West Coast for the first time and requires pre-registration at Other special events include the Capitol Ministries dinner on Tuesday night, the Wednesday morning Prayer Breakfast and the California Ag Leadership breakfast on Thursday morning. The Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America, is back with products offering improved technology for the field and increased efficiencies. From a one-of-a-kind heavy-duty electric forklift, to an affordable dairy genomic test, to a wireless irrigation valve control system, the Top-10 New Products has something to offer every type of farming operation. “World Ag Expo continues to provide the best platform for buyers and sellers to meet, greet, and grow the Ag industry,” says Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center’s CEO. “Our theme this year is ‘Harvesting Technology,’ and there is plenty of time, money and resource saving technology to find at this show. We’re impressed every year with the new innovations our exhibitors bring to World Ag Expo.” Attendees can look forward to new features this year, including daily livestock dog demonstrations in the new Demonstration Pavilion, Ride & Drive areas on the east and west ends of the grounds, and a wide variety of

new seminars that cover everything from cannabis to automation in the ag industry. Attendees will also be able to enjoy an additional 20 acres of parking to the east of the International Agri-Center grounds. With the move of onsite RV camping to the south parking lot, space to the east of the grounds has been converted to day parking. Starting Feb. 1, World Ag Expo attendees can get the latest news, information and updates about the show by downloading the new 2019 mobile app. The free app provides mobile access to the schedule of events, an exhibitor directory, map of the show grounds and other visitor resources. The app is available for download from the iOS and Android app stores by searching "World Ag Expo 2019.” For a full schedule of events, visit For more information about the show or to purchase tickets for 2019 World Ag Expo® visit

Event Details At-A-Glance: 2019 World Ag Expo, February 12-14 February 12: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. February 13: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. February 14: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. International Agri-Center® 4500 S. Laspina St. Tulare, CA 93274 $15 gate admission $12 online ticket price with discount code WAE19 Tickets:


Mail theft on the rise, fuel thefts continue Contributed by Task Force Supervisor Rod Shulman The Kings County Rural Crime Task Force welcomes the addition of Deputy Cody Holt to our unit. Detective Holt has hit the ground running and has assisted with several investigations since joining the unit in the first week of January. We are conducting several investigations to include shop burglaries, vehicle thefts, diesel fuel thefts and embezzlement. There have been two occasions were the shop at 850 N. 4th Avenue was burglarized. Taken from this location were Miller and Lincoln welders, a hydraulic press and a plasma cutter. The shop located at 9795 HanfordArmona Rd. was burglarized. It appears two suspects removed a compressor, generator, batteries and a propane tank. These burglaries don't appear to be connected and there is no evidence linking the two investigations together. We are conducting investigations for Westlake Farms regarding mail theft. We remind all farmers and ranchers to take any checks payable or receivable to the post office whenever possible as we have seen a rise in mail theft. The suspects in these investigations utilize account numbers on checks to make fraudulent checks and accounts. We are currently conducting an investigation on a subject who embezzled money by utilizing equipment for a company he was working for. This suspect utilized the company invoice and changed the name. This investigation is still ongoing and we hope to conduct an interview with the suspect soon. If there is enough evidence, an arrest will be made and a complaint filed with the District Attorney's Office. We also conducted an investigation involving the theft of batteries from tractors in the 6600 block of Flint Ave. There is very little evidence in this case, and we ask for you to call us if you see any suspicious persons or vehicles. We continue to have diesel fuel being stolen in the south county. JG Boswell had another 196 gallons stolen from the El Rico Ranch. This is an ongoing investigation with multiple jurisdictions involved. We have located, arrested and interviewed two suspects living in the Delano area. Our interview with these suspects gave us information as to who is stealing the fuel and where some of the stolen diesel is being off loaded. We are working with Tulare and Kern County Rural Crime units to conduct follow-up investigation on these suspects. It will take some time to locate and make arrests on all of the suspects involved.

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We conducted an investigation for Diversified Ag involving the theft of a vehicle and a UTV. The suspects in this case were captured on video surveillance, which assisted us with our investigation. We recovered the stolen Kubota RTV a short distance away in an almond orchard. The truck stolen from Silveira was located in the Delano area. The suspects in this case were the ones we interviewed as stated in the previous paragraph. The suspects admitted to stealing the truck and Kubota. They also admitted to stealing diesel fuel in Tulare County. With the legalization of industrial hemp, members of our unit have been attending training to learn the laws and regulations associated with this crop. If you have any questions or concerns regarding hemp, please feel free to call any member of our task force. We also remind everyone of the Owner Applied Number (OAN). We can stamp equipment upon your request. Thanks again for your patience and support. If you have any questions, please call anytime.

Task Force Supervisor Rod Shulman: 559-469-4004 Detective Carlos Santos: 559-904-6893 Detective Ben Moore: 559-589-3629 Detective Cody Holt: 559-362-8928




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