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January 2019 Vol. 26 Number 1 INSIDE

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT PG. 3

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What the 2018 Farm Bill means for hemp production in Kings County Guidelines that will regulate potentially billion-dollar industry are still in the works By Amy D. Fienen

NUTRIA SIGHTINGS PG. 9

FRESNO STATE MENTORING PG. 12

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill last month, federal law now allows for the cultivation of hemp, a crop that hasn’t been legal to grow in the U.S. since 1937. After decades of conflict surrounding the relationship between hemp and its controversial cousin, marijuana, the Farm Bill makes a clear distinction between the two by removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. But if you’re one of the growers that’s anxious to get hemp seeds in the ground, local experts on the matter have some important advice: wait. The federal government is leaving it up to state governments to regulate hemp production, and

California’s guidelines are not yet in place. Kings County Sheriff Dave Robinson, who represents the law enforcement community on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board, estimates that it will be several months before California’s regulations are in place, so any hemp seeds that are planted now must be done so under an educational or research institution. “People aren’t going to be able to plant hemp as a spring crop this March,” Robinson said. “The best advice I can give to people wanting to plant it is to wait. They have to wait.” “2018 Farm Bill” cont’d on page 5

Farm Bureau outlines policy priorities for 2019 Members of KCFB’s staff and board of directors joined their peers from across the state at California Farm Bureau Federation's (CFBF) 100th Annual Meeting in San Diego last month. Describing Farm Bureau as an organization “that wants to go beyond making a statement by being determined to make a difference,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson outlined priorities for the organization in the coming year. One area of ongoing emphasis will be in water policy, Johansson said, noting that Farm Bureau is prepared “to continue defending water rights and shaping water policy in 2019.” “The strength of our water policy is the commitment to the idea that to meet California’s water needs, we do not need to sacrifice the water needs of one region over another farm community,” he said. CFBF will remain actively engaged in policy discussions involving other natural resources, Johansson pledged, pointing out that California’s scourge of wildfires has demonstrated that “if we do not manage our resources, they quickly become liabilities.” He said Farm Bureau would continue to fight back against expanding government regulation that hampers agriculture. “That’s what ties us together at Farm Bureau,” Jo-

Kings County Farm Bureau was well-represented at the CFBF Annual Meeting, held in San Diego last month. Pictured left to write: Executive Director Dusty Ference, President Monty Hoggard, AFBF President Zippy Duvall, Director Michael Miya, Director Chuck Draxler and wife Louise.

hansson said. “It’s the understanding that what’s bad for an almond farmer is bad for a rice farmer.” “2019 Policy Priorities” cont’d on page 2


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Groundwater may be the most impactful ag issue of 2019 By Dusty Ference, Executive Director Purpose Protect, preserve and enhance agriculture in Kings County

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

Values

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 dusty.ference@kcfb.org

Community Relations Coordinator Barbara Martin bmartin@kcfb.org

Farm Life Editorial & Advertising

As I consider what 2019 may have in store for California agriculture, I can’t avoid thinking that groundwater quality and Dusty Ference supply are going to be the most critical and impactful topics of the year. The industry learned late in 2018 of regulations affecting groundwater quality standards focused on CV Salts, and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will have Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) taking action this year to meet the looming 2020 deadline. KCFB and other organizations will provide more detailed information regarding CV Salts throughout the

KCFB IN ACTION

Beth Greene

Contact

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

Kings County Farm Bureau @KingsFarmBureau

DECEMBER 2018

12/13

KCFB hosted an agricultural hazardous materials safety training course

12/17

Executive Director Ference attended the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Citizens Advisory Committee meeting

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Executive committee meeting

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Wine vs. Beer committee meeting

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Board of Directors meeting

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Kings County Ag Roundtable

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Office closed

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Wine vs. Beer Showdown

@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

for your area. There are eight GSAs in Kings County, six of which cover the Tulare Lake sub-basin. If you are not aware of which GSA or GSAs you farm in, stop by the office and look at a map, or visit sgma.water.ca.gov/portal/. Once you've identified your GSA, contact them and ask to be added to their list of interested parties to ensure you are notified of upcoming meetings in your area. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 is likely to have more impact on the way each of you farm than any regulation California has seen in its past or will see in its future. Now is the time to get involved, take advantage of the public process and ensure your thoughts are heard and considered during the formation of the GSP that will affect your farmland.

12/4 - 12/7 KCFBs officers and several directors attended and participated in CFBF's 100th Annual Meeting in San Diego

Amy Fienen afienen@kcfb.org (559) 246-6433

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year, but all groundwater users should be aware of changes coming their way, and we encourage each of you to research the proposed regulatory changes that are on the horizon. Up until now, SGMA has required over-drafted and critically over-drafted groundwater basins to create GSAs which are responsible for creating GSPs which are due to the CA Department of Water Resources for approval by Jan. 1, 2020. In a simplified explanation, GSPs must identify the sustainable groundwater yield and a plan to reach and maintain that level by 2040. It is important for growers and landowners to understand that GSPs are the tools that will be used to achieve compliance with SGMA, and they will impact the way each grower eventually utilizes groundwater. Just as necessary to know is that GSP formation is a public process, and you have the right to voice your opinion on the plan

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Despite the difficulties, he said, “the opportunities have never been greater to farm and be in agriculture,” thanks to innovation and access to markets. “What we have to do as Farm Bureau is to show this state that what we do best is create wealth” that benefits everyone involved in agriculture, including farm employees and people who work in transportation, marketing and other jobs, Johansson said, noting that “with water, sunlight, seed, good soil and some knowledge, you can grow something and you can sell it.” Farm Bureau members today are much like their predecessors who founded the organization in 1919, he said, in their insistence “to make things better.” “The success of Farm Bureau is as a volunteer gathering of individuals who understand that just like on our farms and ranches, actions speak louder than words,” Johansson said.


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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

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@ kcfb.org with your email address, or call the office at (559) 584-3557.

Business Spotlight The Business Journal: Webster family boasts five generations in publishing business By Amy D. Fienen The Business Journal has partnered with Kings County Farm Bureau to offer KCFB members a free subscription to their weekly digital issue. With a long history as a family-owned and operated business in the Valley, The Business Journal, which began as Pacific Publishing Group, has been in operation since 1886. It has been run by the Webster family since 1888, and has evolved with the publishing industry over its many years. Current President and Publisher Gordon Webster, Jr., the fourth generation to run the family business, is assisted by fifth generation daughter Ashley Webster, who manages the audience development/ circulation department. “What we have here is really unique,” said Gordon Webster, Jr. “There are not a lot of companies in the Valley with this kind of history.” After graduating from Oregon State, Webster’s father asked him to give two years to the family business to see if it was a good fit. “It was one of those situations where I never looked back,” Webster said. At that time, they published primarily public record information like fictitious business names and bankruptcies. Webster added a hard business news component, The Business Journal, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. When they changed format, they grew from five employees to 17. Their coverage area includes Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties with three editions of the paper each week — one for local business news and two for documental news and public notice advertising. Each September, they publish a supplement called “San Joaquin Valley Ag News,” which KCFB members will receive. “We do a lot of ag reporting, along with stories that cover credit issues, Valley businesses, and good stuff that any business owner would want to read,” said

Ashley Webster. Gordon Webster, Jr. said that the niche they started 26 years ago is what makes The Business Journal unique. “As our community and the Valley grow, I certainly see Pacific Publishing Group growing as well,” he said. “We’re happy to partner with Farm Bureau as your members are our readers.”

The Business Journal 1315 Van Ness Ave. Suite 200 Fresno, CA 93721 (559) 490-3400 thebusinessjournal.com Ashley Webster and dad Gordon Webster, Jr. are fourth and fifth generation Websters to run Pacific Publishing Group, home of The Business Journal. Contributed photo

Farm Bureau MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT Farm Bureau members in California can save anywhere from 5-20% on select parts they use every day such as brake pads and rotors, filters, batteries, belts, hoses and many more commonly replaced automotive and equipment parts. O'Reilly Auto Parts offers a great selection of not just general automotive, but fleet and heavy duty parts as well to cover every piece of equipment on your farm or ranch. Enjoy free delivery within a five-mile radius of your local O'Reilly Auto Parts store and free access to our professional customer website firstcallonline.com for parts lookup and ordering, vehicle specs, TSB documents, etc. To take advantage of the discount visit your local O'Reilly Auto Parts and use the California Farm Bureau account to purchase your product. Should you want to open your own account, let the representative know and they will set you up with your private account using the same discount structure. O'Reilly Auto Parts offers cash on delivery, daily charge, weekly charge, and monthly charge accounts depending on your individual needs. Members can obtain the account number by calling their local county Farm Bureau office or via the member help line at 800-698-3276. The discount may also be applied to online orders at O’Reilly’s professional customer website, firstcallonline.com, by Farm Bureau members who have established an account at their local O’Reilly Auto Parts store.


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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: www.kcfb.org OR FILLED OUT ONLINE. (Please upload attachments with application) Kings County Farm Bureau Office address: 870 Greenfield Ave., Hanford, CA 93230 email: kcfb@kcfb.org For more information: (559) 584-3557


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JANUARY 2019 | KINGS COUNTY FARM BUREAU “2018 Farm Bill” cont’d from page 1

Robinson said he’s received many inquiries from local farmers as to when they can plant their first hemp crop. This comes as no surprise, as hemp is being hailed as a major growth opportunity for the agriculture industry, with experts predicting that revenue from hemp production could exceed $20 billion a year by 2020. Some are speculating that hemp production could play a role in restoring California’s agricultural economy and may be a game changer for Kings County farmers. But the devil is in the details, and how things will play out with this new commodity remains to be seen. With the removal of hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, the crop’s regulation and enforcement will become the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture rather than the Drug Enforcement Agency. The long-held controversy surrounding hemp stems from the fact that it is a strain of the cannabis plant, as is marijuana. The most significant difference is that hemp must have 0.3 percent or less THC, the compound in cannabis that makes people high. The plants are also cultivated differently. Marijuana is given space to branch and flower, while hemp is grown in dense rows to pack as much plant material as possible onto every acre. In marijuana grows, the buds are harvested; in hemp grows, they are not. Under the new law, hemp is legal as long as it contains no more than 0.3 percent THC. If it exceeds that limit, it’s considered illegal under the federal ban on marijuana. And this, Robinson said, is why it’s important to wait to plant it until the state’s regulations are in place. Under the current policy, if a farmer’s hemp field is called to the attention of law enforcement and they come out to test it, they will test the flowering top, which will likely result in THC levels that exceed the legal limit. The Industrial Hemp Advisory Board is recommending under the new regulations that the entire plant will be crushed up and tested, rather than the flowering top alone, resulting in a more accurate reflection of THC levels. “Testing the whole plant will benefit the farmer,” Robinson said. “Right now, the farmer has no say about what part of the plant is tested. If only the flowering top is tested, their whole field will probably get plowed down.” A grower in Merced County recently planted 194

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acres of hemp, only to have it test above the legal THC limit, at 2.3 percent. His field was plowed down, and he is facing federal felony charges. “As far as the feds are concerned, that guy had almost 200 acres of marijuana,” Robinson said. Kings County Deputy Ag Commissioner Jimmy Hook said that once the state has the regulations in place, interested growers will need to submit an application to the ag commissioner that will come with a $900 fee. He anticipates there will be additional fees through the CDFA to cover the costs of testing for THC levels. No other crops currently grown in California face the kinds of restrictions that hemp will, and there will be some obstacles to “2018 Farm Bill” cont’d on page 6

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT HEMP? One of the world’s oldest and most versatile plants, hemp is drought tolerant and uses one-third the amount of water needed to grow corn. Known to grow quickly and easily, it can provide two harvests per growing season in some parts of the country. It’s used to make rope, carpet, brake/clutch linings, automotive body parts, shoes, fabrics, paper, cardboard, cement, wallboard, fuel, lubricants, soap, shampoo, cosmetics, prescriptions drugs, granola, energy bars and many other consum-

er items in the U.S. CBD, or cannabinoid, a chemical compound that comes from the hemp plant, is becoming hugely popular for its myriad health benefits. All of these items are currently made from imported hemp. It’s estimated that the U.S. imports almost $60 billion worth of hemp products according to the National Hemp Association, the majority of which comes from China and Canada.

Alves & Sons Diesel Repair John Ellis Western States Petroleum Ronald Bettencourt Clarence A. Dutra Dwayne E. Morine Steve Ferreira Farms Nick J. Warmerdam Carolyn S. Fabry Jeb Headrick Lilly Pimentel Brooks Farms Burris Park Foundation Jeffrey D. Cook David Costa Tony Cox Island Farms Randy Rodrigues Joe M. Soares Jr Anthony Gary Trigueiro Gilbert Bettencourt Dave A. Bush Adao G. Fernandes Steve Guevara John M. Hamar Hewitson Cattle Co Inc Kings Orchards LLC Chip Mello Tim Sanchez Joe Sozhino


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Early winter storms produce Sierra Snow, but water content remains below average On Jan. 3, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the first Phillips Station snow survey of 2019. The manual survey recorded 25.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of nine inches, which is 80 percent of average for this location. Statewide, the Sierra snowpack is 67 percent of average. The results confirm that despite early winter storms, Sierra water content is below average for this time of year. “The last few years have shown how variable California’s climate truly is and what a profound impact climate change has on our water resources,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “California’s significant weather variability means we can go from historic drought to record rainfall, with nothing in between. Climate change will continue to exacerbate the extremes, creating additional challenges for maintaining water supply reliability and the need for innovative solutions.” “About two-thirds of California’s annual rainfall occurs December through March. Total precipitation so far this water year, which began Oct. 1, has been below average,” said DWR State Climatologist Michael Anderson. “We still have three wet season months ahead of us, so there’s time for the snowpack to build and improve before it begins to melt, which usually starts happening around April 1.” On average, the snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California’s water needs as it melts in the spring and early summer. The greater the snowpack water content, the greater the likelihood California’s reservoirs will receive ample runoff as the snowpack melts to meet the state’s water demand in the summer and fall. DWR has conducted manual snow surveys at Phillips Station since 1964, recording both depth and snow water equivalent. Snow water equivalent is the depth of water that theoretically would result if the entire snowpack melted instantaneously. That measurement allows for a more accurate forecast of spring runoff. DWR conducts five snow surveys each winter – near the first of January, February, March, April and May – at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada just off Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe. The Phillips snow course is one of hundreds that will be surveyed manually throughout the winter. Manual measurements augment the electronic readings from about 100 snow pillows in the Sierra Nevada that provide a current snapshot of the water content in the snowpack.

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introducing a new crop, the first being that a farmer can’t simply call up his seed supplier and order hemp seed at this point. Another challenge will be finding hemp varieties, known as cultivars, from seed stock worldwide that will flourish in the Valley. With the loss of the U.S. hemp seed stock back in the 1930s, growers will essentially be starting over with the process of finding cultivars that are well-suited to the local soil and climate. And how those various strains will grow in the Valley remains to be seen. Hook said that from what he knows of hemp, he thinks it could be a good fit with the Valley’s Mediterranean climate. Naturally pest resistant, hemp is a drought tolerant crop that’s good for use in crop rotation. Its deep roots remediate the soil, and fallen leaves release minerals and nitrogen back into the soil. But none of that can guarantee success. “Until we get farmers growing it, we don’t know how it’s going to do,” he said. He added that it’s important for potential growers to know that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) currently prohibits industrial hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil or CBD products for human or animal consumption. “Until the FDA rules that industrial hemp-derived CBD oil and CBD products can be used as a food or California makes a determination that they are safe to use for human and animal consumption, CBD products are not an approved food, food ingredient, food additive, or dietary supplement,” states the CDPH fact sheet. Since CBD-based products are quickly gaining popularity, Hook wants potential hemp growers to be aware of this current restriction. While he thinks that hemp has the potential to be the Valley’s next cash crop, Hook said its success will depend largely on growers’ willingness to deal with what will likely be a litany of regulations. To stay up to date on the developing hemp farming regulations, visit the CDFA’s website at cdfa.ca.gov/plant/ industrialhemp.


JANUARY 2019 | KINGS COUNTY FARM BUREAU “Annual Meeting” cont’d from page 1

January 31, 2019 Hanford Civic Auditorium 5:30-8:30 pm 21 and over

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Ag Commissioner’s Compliance Report

Jimmy Hook, Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer

Ag Commissioner’s office is compiling Annual Crop Report Contributed by Steve Schweizer, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer The Kings County Agricultural Commissioner has begun collecting crop and livestock data for the 2018 Crop Report, which will be released later this spring. The commissioner is mandated by law to report on the acreage, production and value of agricultural products in the county, and relies heavily on information provided by the local agricultural community to complete the report. Every year at this time, we reach out to Kings County’s growers and producers through various means to help collect county production data. In November, all growers received a crop reporting form with their pesticide permit renewal letter. This form lists their crops and respective acreage as it appears on their permit. The form allows growers to easily fill in the blanks regarding their crop production. Once completed, the information can be emailed, faxed, or brought in with them when they renew their permit. Staff are also available to assist growers in completing the form when they stop in to pick up their new permit. Follow-up emails are sent out, as well as phone calls placed, to reach those growers that were missed during this time. It can get very hectic this time of year with pesticide permit renewal and annual registrations, so having the information already completed, and even sent in ahead of time, greatly helps the process. Persistence by staff has enabled us to account for 80 to 90 percent of the acreage for many commodities, making the report an accurate reflection of the county’s agricultural value. The time spent by growers providing this information is very much appreciated by the department! An important aspect of the crop report is that the values listed are total gross values and do not represent individual net income or loss. Individual information provided by growers and ranchers is combined with all submissions; therefore, individual data is masked. Also, the producer information submitted is protected from release by the California Public Records Act. In other words, the individual information provided is confidential and not subject to release to the public. We value and respect the confidential nature of this data, which is voluntarily provided to us. Many different businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals utilize the annual crop report. Agricultural suppliers, farm credit

organizations, agricultural research and educational facilities, transportation agencies, and farm labor offices are just a few of the many who utilize the information in the report. Even individual ranchers and growers use the report for comparison to other producers and for planning future production. Our office utilizes the data when disasters, such as droughts and storms, strike the local farming community. By taking the five-year crop values and plugging in the acres damaged, we can calculate the total value loss to the county for the various incidents. Again, thanks and appreciation is extended to the many producers and organizations who contribute every year to our report.


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Nutria sightings on the rise across the state Contributed by Steve Schweizer, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer As of Dec. 11, 2018 approximately 350 Nutria (Myocastor coypus) have been trapped statewide. They have been found as far north as the Lathrop/Manteca area in San Joaquin County and south to western Fresno County (one animal). Personnel from USDA Wildlife Services, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Agricultural Commissioner are participating in the survey work. Nutria can severely impact the state’s resources, causing the loss of wetlands, severe soil erosion, damage to agricultural crops and levees and reduced stability of banks, dikes and roadbeds. The pest was eradicated from California in 1978, but was detected again in Merced County in March 2017. Suspected local observations should be photographed and reported to CDFW (866) 440-9530 or the Agricultural Commissioner (559) 852-2830.

Photo courtesy of David Kratville, California Dept. of Food & Ag

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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.

ACCOUNTING

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

ASSOCIATIONS

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

AUTO DEALERS & REPAIR

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

BANKING/FINANCIAL

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

BROKERS & COMMODITIES

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

CHEMICALS & APPLICATORS

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

CUSTOM SERVICES

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

DAIRIES/DAIRY SUPPLIERS

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

EQUIPMENT DEALERS & REPAIR

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

FARM SUPPLY

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

FARMS & RANCHES

Gary Robinson 559-945-2897 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

FOOD SERVICES

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

INSURANCE SERVICES

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

LABOR

Sunrise Farm Labor 559-945-2292

MANUFACTURES

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

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

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

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Pearson Realty 559-732-7300

SOLAR ENERGY

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

TRANSPORTATION

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


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FRIENDS of FARM BUREAU DIAMOND

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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.


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Fresno State program mentors high school students about careers in ag

Farm Credit provides bulk of funding for Multicultural Scholars in Agriculture Program Anarely Flores has farming in her DNA. Her grandfather was a farmer in Mexico, and when her family visited him during the summer as a child, she would be put to work. But she didn’t like farm work and her mother is employed in agriculture so she decided at an early age that she would go in a different direction. Then came her freshman year in high school in Tulare. “I took one ag class that year because I wanted to get off campus for an hour, and I fell in love with agriculture all over again,” said the senior agricultural education major at California State University, Fresno. “My teacher had a huge influence on me.” That teacher played a huge role in Flores’ senior year, when a technical glitch prevented schools from receiving her transcripts, so she was turned down by Fresno State and other colleges she applied to.

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“I felt really crushed when I didn’t get in anywhere, but she said, ‘You have potential – you can’t give up.’ We appealed, and I was accepted. She helped change my life, and I want to offer that to other kids,” Flores said. To pay that debt forward, Flores plans on becoming an ag teacher in the Central Valley. In the meantime, she has been part of Fresno State’s innovative Multicultural Scholars in Agriculture program, which provides support for students who reach out to middle and high school students who believe college is out of their reach to encourage them to attend college and consider careers in agriculture. The program was established by four members of the Farm Credit System – American AgCredit, CoBank, Farm Credit West and Fresno Madera Farm Credit. Since the program’s inception in 2013, they, along with Golden State Farm Credit, have donated $450,000 of the $660,500 raised to launch the program, and have supported 18 students at the university’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Dr. Steven Rocca, who runs the program, said the personal contact from minority college students with their middle and high school peers can make a big difference. “In many of these families, agriculture has a negative connotation because of their association with field work,” Rocca said. “It can be a hard sell to convince a family that there’s a future for their child studying agriculture at a university.” “Fresno State” cont’d on page 13


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He noted many jobs for college graduates pay well, even six figures, but many high school students would never think of them, such as representatives for agricultural chemical companies, dieticians, food safety experts, crop advisors and teachers. Ambassador Liliana Reyes Solorio, a junior from Livingston, also comes from a farmworker family and said it’s important to increase diversity in higher-paying agricultural jobs. “My town is a small, Hispanic town where kids might see their parents do the farm labor work, but we also want to showcase the wide variety of job opportunities available in ag,” she said. She said she plans to become an ag teacher, perhaps in an urban area where she can educate students about where their food comes from and the importance of farming. While some of the ambassadors meet with hometown high school students during winter break, it can be difficult for them to travel to farming communities to meet with students during the school year. So this year Rocca said Fresno State is hosting groups from several high schools on the university campus. Students will tour the

campus farm, learn about careers in agriculture and witness, first hand, what college life is like. They will also have the opportunity to learn how to apply for college, financial aid and scholarships. The first of these sessions took place on Dec. 4, when a group of more than 20 students from Parlier High School visited the school. One of the participants, junior Johnathan Rangel, said it was very helpful hearing from students about the programs and

their experiences. “We’re going to be in their position. (It’s good) just to see how they experience things, their type of schedule and how they get to work around with it,” Rangel said. “They were giving us lots of tips and pointers about college life.” He also said that he was encouraged by hearing from one of the multicultural scholars who came from a similar background. “I picked up that I can pretty much do it myself. He came from a little town far away but he can still come and accomplish big things. I think I really would like to come here,” he said.


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Diesel fuel thefts continue in Kings County Contributed by Task Force Supervisor Rod Shulman The Kings County Rural Crime Task Force was extremely busy last month. We investigated several shop burglaries throughout the county. In the area of 7th and Dover Avenue, a horse trailer with a compressor and generator stored inside was taken. The suspects cut the lock on the door and took the above items. A shop on the corner of Highway 43 and Grangeville was broken into, and several tools and diagnostic scanners for vehicles were taken. The suspects responsible for these thefts were taken into custody, but we didn't locate any of the stolen property from these cases. We interviewed the suspects in jail and obtained consent to search a storage unit. None of our stolen property was located. Those suspects are still in custody. We are investigating the theft of diesel fuel from two locations in the county. One occurred in the 8700 block of Grangeville Boulevard. At this location, 300 gallons of diesel fuel was stolen. The other theft took place in the 9000 block of 21st Avenue. At this location, 500 gallons of clear diesel fuel was stolen. At this time, we don't have any leads on suspects in these cases. We also took a report of theft of 250 gallons of aircraft fuel from Waukena Air Service. The suspects in this investigation took a 250 gallon tote filled with the fuel; they left the scene in the victim’s truck. We are currently working on this investigation. We have some leads and believe the same suspect is responsible for the diesel fuel thefts from JG Boswell. A shop belonging to Soares in the area of 15th and Jackson Avenue has been broken into twice. The suspect(s) in this investigation removed screws from the metal shop walls and took several tools. On the second occasion, they took two large welders using a forklift on site to load the stolen property. We are currently working on a few leads in this case and have more follow-up investigation to do. While conducting follow-up investigation on the diesel theft in the Island District, we conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious truck. We located

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a stolen handgun and a large amount of methamphetamine. This suspect bailed out of jail and is currently going through the court process. We are continuing to conduct follow-up investigation into our large diesel fuel cases. The suspect from the G&J Heavy Hauling was taken into custody by Tulare County. With the information we have shared with one another, this suspect was taken into custody with another 900 gallons of stolen diesel fuel. He is going through the court process in Tulare County. Once done there, he will be transferred to our county for his court process. We are still working the numerous fuel thefts from JG Boswell. We believe we have a suspect identified. We will continue to conduct surveillance and put together a solid case to present to the Kings County District Attorney's Office. One again, thank you for your assistance 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

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