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June 2019 Vol. 26 Number 6 INSIDE

New ag leadership program is helping to shape the next generation By Amy D. Fienen



If the agriculture industry is going to be more than it has been, its leaders are going to have to be more than those of generations before. This idea is the driving force behind a new program that was offered for the first time during the spring semester at West Hills Community College Lemoore. The Central Valley Ag Leadership Cohort is the first of its kind to be offered at a community college in California. Modeled after programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and Cal Poly Pomona, the class introduced students to a dozen of the Valley’s ag industry leaders who shared their knowledge on some of the industry’s most pressing issues. The class culminated with a trip to the state capitol in Sacramento, where students shared their projects and met with state lawmakers. John Trupp, who just completed his studies at West Hills and will begin work on a bachelor’s degree in accounting in the fall, described his time in the program as life-changing. Of the 16 students who participated, only two of them “New Ag Leadership” cont’d on page 5 Members of the first Central Valley Ag Leadership Cohort from West Hills Community College Lemoore in the gallery of the California State Assembly awaiting introduction by Assemblyman Devon Mathis. Contributed photo


KCFB directors advocate for local farmers in Washington, D.C. By Amy D. Fienen Kings County Farm Bureau represented local agriculture in Washington, D.C. last month. During a CFBF-sponsored federal policy trip, three of our board members joined a delegation of Farm Bureau leaders from across the state that met with members of Congress and administration officials. They addressed issues like water storage, immigration reform, food safety regulations and trade. KCFB President Monty Hoggard, Vice President Brian Medeiros and Director Shane Bickner joined 14 other Farm Bureau leaders— including the 2019 Leadership Farm Bureau class—for three days of meetings and tours of the U.S. Capitol. Medeiros and Bickner are Leadership Farm Bureau members. Members of Congress heard firsthand from California farmers about the proposed trade package, the need for immigration reform and additional water storage, and the importance of a reliable agricultural workforce. Those whose livelihood is affected by these issues on a daily

KCFB directors Brian Medeiros, Monty Hoggard and Shane Bicker represented KCFB at a federal policy trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with lawmakers about issues affecting Valley farmers. Contributed photo

basis had the opportunity to share their personal challenges and discuss possible solutions with lawmakers. President Hoggard said it was an honor to represent local farmers in the nation’s capitol and cited the value of gaining potential allies through various meetings with staff from the offices of Senator Diane Feinstein “KCFB Directors” cont’d on page 12



KCFB hosts lawmakers for roundtable discussion 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


Our Members I Proactive Representative Reliable I Trusted Resource

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

Directors 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

May was an exciting month for KCFB as we were able to participate in two events that allowed us to express the needs of our members to lawmakers. On the 28th, I was invited to join other California ag industry representatives on a conference call hosted by White House staff to discuss the U.S., Mexico and Canada trade agreement. Dusty Ference On the 29th, KCFB was honored to host Congressman T.J. Cox (D-Fresno) for an agriculture roundtable. Cox invited Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), the only Californian on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. The roundtable discussion, which included farmers, ranchers, ag commissioners and community advocates from other Valley Farm Bureaus and water districts, focused on the appropriation needs of California agriculture. The discussion centered specifically around the need for continued funding for the USDA to support programs like the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Ag Marketing Service, Foreign Ag Service, Rural Utilities and FDA, as well as for Homeland Security H-2A visa processing, and air quality incentives. This was Lee’s first time visiting the Valley in an official capacity. She represents an urban district, but said she wants to help close the divide between the state’s rural and urban areas. We appreciate the efforts of our elected officials in working with us to protect the future of the ag industry.

Jenny Holterman

Executive Director Dusty Ference

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MAY 2019


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KCFB Membership and Finance committee meetings and Board of Directors meeting

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Executive Director Ference was invited to participate in a conference call hosted by the White House for an update and discussion on the United States, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)


Congressman TJ Cox hosted an agriculture roundtable at KCFB. Participants included Congresswoman Lee and several agriculture associations. This was a great opportunity to discuss California agriculture with the freshman Congressman Cox and Congresswoman Lee from an urban district.


KCFB Directors volunteered during the Kings Fair Junior Livestock Auction


Citizens Advisory Committee to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District


South Valley Caucus managers meeting

5/20-24 President Hoggard, VP Medeiros and Director Bickner worked in Washington, D.C. as part of the CFBF Federal Policy trip. 5/23


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 and a group of industry professionals were invited to meet Bill Lyons, agriculture liason to Governor Newsome. The meeting's conversation centered around water and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Air Coalition Team meeting



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JUNE 2019


South Valley Caucus with CFBF officers


Citizens Advisory Group of Industry to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District


KCFB Membership Committee meeting


KCFB Finance Committee meeting


Kings County Ag Roundtable


California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley board meeting


CFBF Centennial Celebration at the state capitol

NUT HARVEST NUT SAFETY SEMINAR HARVEST Wednesday, July 17 at 8:15 a.m. SAFETY Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford SEMINAR AD Co-hosted by Kings and Tulare County Farm Bureaus

Call Tulare County Farm Bureau to pre-register 559-732-8301 Same-day registration will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m.

RENEWED BUSINESS SUPPORT Bennett Water Systems Innovative Ag Services

RENEWED AG MEMBERS B & L Farms Brooksi Almond Ranch Jeffrey A. Gilcrease Joe B Pacheco Dairy Rodney L Silveira Steve Avila Steven Bickner Mike Evans Mark S. Grewal Dean Johnston Alicia Ykema Edwin M. Augusto Gary V Burrows Inc Sandridge Farms Triple M Ranch



Meet Your KCFB DIRECTORS Brian Potter Brian Potter joined KCFB’s board of directors in 2016, and though it hasn’t even been three years, he said he’s gained invaluable knowledge from his fellow board members. Potter has worked in the equipment business for more than 25 years, so he is no stranger to the local ag industry. As the general manager of Quality Machinery Center, 90 percent of his clients, which span the Valley from Merced County down to Kern, are in the ag industry. Born and raised in Kings County, the Lemoore High School graduate was only 15 when he took his first equipment shop job. He attended West Hills College and Fresno State, where he majored in English before deciding that a writing career might not pay the bills. He returned to the dealer he’d worked for in high school before beginning his career with Quality Machinery Center in 2000. He serves on KCFB’s membership, finance and scholarship committees. Other organizations he’s dedicated his time to include the Far West Equipment Dealers Association, the Kings County Ag Advisory Committee, the Tulare Union High School Ag Advisory Committee, and two Massey Ferguson national dealer panels. Potter is one of only a few directors who doesn’t farm or work directly in production agriculture, so he often brings a different perspective to the table. He was initially interested in joining the board because he knows firsthand that what affects farmers affects him as an equipment dealer. “It takes the farmer, the pesticide guy and the equipment dealer all working together to make the industry effective,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re all in the same boat in what really is a relationship business.” Potter and his wife, Leah, live in Lemoore, and he said he can’t imagine living anywhere else. Their eldest daughter, Tyler, just graduated from Fresno State with a degree in international business marketing. Amanda, their youngest daughter, is an ag education major at Chico State. What Potter enjoys most about being part of KCFB is learning about proposed regulations and the shared wisdom of his fellow board members. “There are some people on the board that know the ag industry inside out,” he said. “I love how passionate and educated they are on issues.” Members of Kings County Farm Bureau’s board of directors volunteer countless hours each year working for you, our valued members. They help plan, coordinate and execute the events and fundraisers that support the educational programs, training classes and industry workshops that benefit our members. They are involved in political activism, community events, and are committed to advocating for the ag industry and supporting local farmers. We’re bringing you the “Meet Your KCFB Directors” feature to introduce you to the men and women who work tirelessly on your behalf.



“New Ag Leadership” cont’d from page 1

came from production ag backgrounds, and several came from farmworker families. As one of the students without any direct ties to agriculture, Trupp said he initially felt out of place, but with plans to become a CPA in the Valley, he realized it’s likely he will one day have clients in the ag industry and he wanted to familiarize himself with the issues. “I wound up learning more than I ever thought I would,” Trupp said. “It was easily the most eye-opening experience I had in my two years at West Hills, and I loved every minute of the program.” For George Soares, a Hanford dairy farmer and managing partner at the law firm Kahn, Soares and Conway, it’s that kind of excitement that spurred him to help launch the ag leadership program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, his alma mater, 17 years ago. The idea for the program stemmed from his time in the California Ag Leadership program early in his career. “As a farmer and an advocate for agriculture, we must figure out how to be more relevant than we have ever been,” Soares said. “Being armed with greater knowledge than what you would’ve had is the basic idea behind the program.” The pilot program was so successful that it was introduced at Fresno State and Cal Poly Pomona 10 years ago. Soares estimates that between 600 and 700 students have completed the program at the three schools over the past 17 years, and he is looking forward to seeing it enjoy the same success at the community college level. The West Hills cohort included students not just from West Hills Lemoore, but also from West Hills Coalinga and Fresno City. It was funded by an endowment in partnership with Doing What Matters and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Kris Costa, the career technical education dean at West Hills Lemoore, said the goal is to see the program become more regional in nature and attract students from other area community colleges. “We’re trying to create young leaders, and the experiences that this diverse group of students shared was incredibly rich,” Costa said. Professor Tony Oliveira, who taught the course, explained that it functioned as a cohort between the students, guest speakers from the ag industry, and four mentors. KCFB Executive Director Dusty Ference was a guest speaker and mentor. He was joined by Eric Bream, Bream Family Farms; Jason Usher, Citizens Business Bank; and Garth Irons, Bennett Environmental. Executive Director Ference, who expressed wholehearted support for the program, said that it brought together people from different walks of life with varying degrees of connection to agriculture who shared a common goal of exposing future leaders to the ins and outs of the industry. “Ensuring the next generation of California’s leaders have an understanding of how

Following their Ag Issues Presentations at the state capitol. The class has spent the last semester learning about agriculture and their place in it upon their graduation from college. Contributed photo

the ag industry works and its impact on the state and nation are paramount,” Ference said. “Programs like this one play a crucial role in ensuring that agriculture has a place in California’s future.” Other speakers included George Soares and David Kahn, Kahn, Soares and Conway; Richard Matoian, American Pistachio Growers; Joel Nelsen, California Citrus Mutual; Manuel Cunha, Nisei Farmers League; Karen and Greg Musson, Gar Tootelian; Ruthann Anderson, California Association of Pest Control Advisers; Roger Isom, California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association and Western Agricultural Processors Association; and Darrin Monteiro, California Dairies, Inc. Ference said that his role as a presenter was to speak to the issues affecting agriculture and highlight how efforts to improve the industry must take place at the local, state and federal levels. His favorite part of the experience was serving as a mentor. “As a mentor, I had the opportunity to connect with several students and share thoughts and opinions about the state of the industry,” Ference said. “These conversations were often eye-opening for me, and it was encouraging to hear the positive and creative thoughts of our next generation of ag leaders.” Oliveira said that after each speaker, students responded to various discussion questions that were based on core ag requirements that coincided with current events and the speakers’ topics. They also worked on Ag Issues Projects. In groups of four, they addressed the following topics as they related to the ag industry: public relations and marketing, water, environmental issues and labor.

During a tour of the state capitol, students gather at the statue of Thomas Starr King, “Mr. California,” learning from George Soares that everyone has a shelf life. Contributed photo

Class Instructor Tony Oliveira, Dean Kris Costa, and host George Soares at the Kahn, Soares & Conway offices, wrapping up a great trip to Sacramento. Contributed photo

It was during their trip to Sacramento in May, hosted by George Soares, that the students presented their projects in a hearing room at the state capitol following their introduction on the floor of the legislature. Only two of the students had been to the state capitol before, and Dean Costa said getting to experience it with them moved her to tears several times. “It was an incredible experience that changed their lives,” she said. Soares said that changed lives are the reason this program exists. “You’ve got to look in the mirror and see more than yourself,” he said. “We want these students to see a bigger world, and I love to see the alums of these classes out making a difference.” John Trupp is already looking for ways to be one of those difference-makers. “I plan on trying to find avenues to get myself more involved so that I can help make changes in the state, not just for my future, but for my children’s futures,” he said.





June Dairy Month celebrates Kings County’s top commodity In Kings County, June is the month reserved for celebrating the multi-million-dollar dairy industry. As the county’s leading commodity, there is much to commemorate throughout the month-long celebration. As they do every year, the local dairy industry selects those who have made notable contributions. This year, they chose to honor Ed Vink as the Kings County Dairy Person of the Year and Farm Credit West as the Dairy Business of the Year.

Ed Vink, Kings County Dairy Person of the Year Ed Vink was born in Hanford to parents John and Hubertha, who immigrated from Holland in 1935. He grew up on a dairy and graduated from Laton High and went on to earn a degree in dairy science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was married to Janet Homan from 1961 until he was widowed in 2000. The couple had three sons: Sean, Erik and Alan. From 1961 to 1977, with Janet’s help, Ed was a tester for Fresno County DHIA (Dairy Herd Improvement Association), testing milk in their garage and keeping records of the tests. In 1978, he was hired as a laboratory manager for Kings County DHIA. He worked his way up to general manager, a position he has held for more than 40 years. He was recently honored with the Joachim-Wilson Leadership Award by the National DHIA for his many years of service to DHIA. In his free time, Vink enjoys hunting and has traveled the world, including Holland, England, Belgium, Africa and New Zealand.

Ed Vink, the Kings County Dairy Person of the Year. Vink is the manager of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

Lauren Dutra and Morgan Spiro vie for Dairy Princess title Lauren Dutra and Morgan Spiro, both of Hanford, will compete for the title of Dairy Princess during ceremonies at the upcoming District 7 Dairy Princess Contest. The event will be held June 28 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium in Hanford. Lauren Dutra is the daughter of Brian and Donna Dutra of Hanford. She is a junior at Hanford High School and plans to attend a four-year university following high school graduation. She is an active member of Grangeville 4-H and Hanford FFA. She shows replacement heifers at the Kings County Fair and recently received her State FFA degree. Dutra is also is on the varsity golf team at Hanford High School and volunteered at the 2019 Western Classic Dairy show and judging contest. Morgan Spiro is the daughter of Neal and Patricia Spiro of Hanford. She is a senior at Central Valley Christian High School and plans to attend the UniversiKings County Dairy Royalty, pictured left to right: Milk Maids Erika Simas, Jenna Scott Searcy and Kassidy Sheldon; Dairy Princess Jolene Simas, Alternate Dairy Princess Kiera Scott Searcy; and 2019 Dairy Princess candidates Lauren Dutra and Morgan Spiro.

ty of Wyoming in the fall. She is active in Kings Harvest 4-H and Central Valley Christian FFA, where she was the 201819 San Joaquin Region FFA vice president and held multiple officer positions in her 4-H club. She also shows replacement heifers at the Kings County Fair and has served as a member of the Kings Junior Fair Board for the past four Morgan Spiro, left and Lauren Dutra, right are the two years. candidates for this year’s District 7 Dairy Princess. Photo courtesy of Jackie Giacomazzi The young lady who is crowned Dairy Princess will represent the dairy industry in Kings County. She will serve the area as ambassador for the dairy industry at schools, service groups and with the media. The newly selected princess and her alternate will participate in a mandatory training, provided by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), in which they receive professional development coaching. The contest, scheduled for June 28, is sponsored by the District 7 Dairy Princess Committee and the CMAB. It will begin at 6 p.m. with a no-host social hour, followed by dinner and the contest at 7 p.m. Additionally, the event will honor Ed Vink as the Kings County Dairy Person of the Year and Farm Credit West as the Kings County Dairy Business of the Year. To purchase tickets for the event, please contact Jackie Giacomazzi at (559) 816-0707 or


Farm Credit West, Dairy Business of the Year For 100 years, Farm Credit West has served as one of the leading agricultural lenders throughout California and Arizona. The member-owned cooperative offers flexible financing solutions through various loans and leasing options, and makes a point to get to know the people they are working with. Loan officers are not strangers from distant cities, but are instead local professionals who will come right out to your operation to walk and talk with you in person. Services include real estate and equipment loans, operating lines, leases, appraisals, credit life insurance, and much more. Today, there are 15 branches operating in Arizona, California’s Central Coast, Imperial Valley, Southern San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley, offering not only support for members, but also various career opportunities. Additionally, Farm Credit West is committed to serving the community through scholarships and programs for young people to help mold and inspire future farmers and ranchers.

The staff of Farm Credit West, the Kings County Dairy Business of the Year. Pictured left to right, front row, are Laine Cook, Lauren Evangelo, Liz Hickey, Kirstin Virden, Michelle Alves; back row: Jacob Tidwell, Ryan Dooley, Chad Souza.





A Summer Employee Training Series FIRST AID/CPR English: July 23, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spanish: July 24, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Member $75 Non-Member $115 *Box lunch provided by KCFB *Max attendance 12 people. Space is limited.

SCHEDULE ALL 3 & SAVE: Member $85 Non-Member $115

SUPERVISOR TRAINING English: July 30, 2019 10:00 am - Noon

Spanish: July 30, 2019 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Member $10 Non-Member $25 Supervisor training covers: Giving instructions, disciplinary techniques, dealing with the difficult employee, conducting interviews, setting a good example, safety issues, recordkeeping, motivating employees, body language and how it might conflict with a verbal message, job performance evaluation, documentation, improving communications, injury and illness prevention, job instruction training, safety, train-the-trainer

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT PREVENTION English: August 7, 2019 10:00 am - Noon

Spanish: August 7, 2019 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Member $10 Non-Member $25 A new California law requires that employers with five or more employees must have all management and supervisors complete sexual harassment prevention training by January 1, 2020. Additionally, employers with five or more employees must provide one hour of training to non-supervisors by January 1, 2020.

Location for all sessions: Kings County Farm Bureau, 870 Greenfield Ave., Hanford 93230

RESERVE A SPOT NOW: Call (559) 584-3557 or email:


Ag Commissioner’s Compliance Report

Jimmy Hook, Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer


The work of the County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Contributed by Lynda Schrumpf, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer As far back as 1881, the California Legislature has provided counties with the authority to establish local Boards of Horticultural Commissioners to protect the state’s burgeoning tree and vine industries from new pests. County Agricultural Commissioners and County Sealers of Weights and Measures provide regulatory services through numerous programs that are coordinated with the United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR), a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA). Each County Agricultural Commissioner and County Sealer of Weights and Measures is licensed by CDFA and appointed by the respective county’s Board of Supervisors. Each agricultural commissioner is charged with the protection and promotion of California’s agriculture and the protection of the environment, as well as protection of the public’s health and safety. These goals are accomplished through the management of programs designed to achieve their mission through public outreach and numerous enforcement tools.

Promote and Protect Agriculture Pest Exclusion This program provides the first line of defense for California agriculture. Inspections provide protection from introduction of insect and disease pests that may be introduced into the state through the movement of plants and plant products as well as other items through normal channels of trade.

Pesticide Use Enforcement This program is designed to provide for the proper, safe and efficient use of pesticides essential for production of food and fiber, and for protection of the public health. It also protects the environment from potentially harmful pesticides by prohibiting, regulating or ensuring proper stewardship of pesticides. Other activities include pesticide use reporting, incident investigations, outreach activities promoting best management practices, and monitoring applications in the field. Seed Certification Inspections are performed at retail and wholesale establishments that sell seeds. Samples are drawn for germination and purity testing and labeling is inspected for compliance with state requirements. Through this program, certification services are also performed for growers and processors, in cooperation with the California Crop Improvement Association. Nursery Inspection Through this program, the County Agricultural Commissioners inspect growing, propagation, production and sale of nursery stock to assure cleanliness from pests, true variety and vigorous health plants for sale to the consumer. Fruit, Nuts and Vegetable Standardization This program ensures compliance with California’s minimum standards regarding quality and marketing of all produce commercially grown and/or marketing in the state. Farmers market regulation and organic law enforcement are part of a program that provides for local protection to growers, marketers and consumers.

Pest Detection This program provides the second line of defense against Egg Inspection exotic pests through the early detection of new introductions Retailers and packers of eggs in the state are inspected to before they become widely established. Through early detec- enforce state and federal health, quality and grade standards. tion, the likelihood of these pests becoming established in the Apiary Inspection state is lessened and the cost and environmental impact of eradication is minimized. For 2019, Kings County has 1,920 This program emphasizes the registration, identification and site location of honeybee colonies in the county. At the pest detection traps being serviced by a staff of three. request of beekeepers or growers, the Ag Commissioner Pest Eradication inspects colonies for strength and health to ensure effective Pest eradication programs are often conducted following the pollination. discovery of an introduced pest species. Often these projects Crop Statistics are partially or completely under the jurisdiction of the CalAs required by the California Food and Agriculture Code, ifornia State Department of Food and Agriculture. However, the Agricultural Commissioner compiles and records inforthe County Agricultural Commissioner is often involved as the liaison to local government. Pink Bollworm is an example mation in the annual crop report regarding the gross production and value of the county’s commodities. Disasters to of a recently successful eradication program. agriculture are surveyed and the information collected is used Pest Management by other agencies offering disaster relief. Management of nuisance pests of agriculture and human Consumer Protection health falls under the responsibility of a county agricultural County Sealer of Weights and Measures serve all consumers commissioner. Many of these pests are recently introduced as the local regulatory agency authorized to enforce the Calispecies that have become established despite the best efforts fornia Business and Professions Code and the California Code of the commissioners to keep them out. A recentl example of Regulations pertaining to issues of “Equity in the Marketis Asian Citrus Psyllid. The county ag commissioner also place.” Sealers annually perform thousands of inspections on conducts programs to establish and distribute biological controls for troublesome pests like Ash White Fly or Yellow “Ag Commissioner's Report” cont’d on page 13 Star Thistle.



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

Southern California Edison 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 Central Valley Energy Coalition 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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and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In Feinstein’s office, they discussed new legislation, expanding the WINN Act and the need for funding California water storage projects. KCFB’s representatives also visited the offices of Representatives TJ Cox, Paul Cook, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin. Additionally, the trip included a number of educational opportunities like a visit to the USDA and various tours around the capitol. Vice President Medeiros said that while the trip was a tremendous learning experience, the biggest eye-opener was how obvious the polarization is between parties. “The idea of compromise is completely dead,” he said. The directors agreed that tours of the White House and the U.S. Capitol were a once in a lifetime experience.



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various commercial devices, check packages for net content, review weighmaster records for accuracy, and provide training and education to businesses and individuals. In virtually any transaction you may make, a weights and measures official serves as the “third party” protecting both the business and the consumer. Commercial Devices Commercial devices are those used in channels of trade to determine a value based on weight, measure or count. County Sealers test the performance of commercial devices using standards that are traceable to world standards in order to maintain uniformity. The type of device is also inspected for suitability for their application and use. Once determined that the device will be used correctly and is accurate, the inspector affixes a paper seal certifying the device is correct. Various types of weighing and measuring devices are inspected such as: gasoline dispensers, propane/butane meters, taxi meters, odometers on ambulances, farm milk tanks, pharmacy scales, deli counter scales, livestock scales, concrete batch plant scales, truck scales, etc. Quantity Control Ensuring equity in the marketplace involves more than certifying a device’s capability of giving precise measurements. Whenever a specified volume of consumer goods is placed in a container or package, its “net content’” is required to be stated on the package label (net content meaning the measured amount of consumer goods contained, excluding the package). Using approved statistical procedures, Sealers inspect the net content of packaged goods to determine if the proper weight, measure, or count is being used at wholesale as well as in retail sales. Additionally, packages are examined for compliance with the basic labeling requirements set in federal guidelines. Sealers also “test purchases” to verify that

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consumers are charged accurately and correctly. These ”test purchases” include check stand surveys to insure accurate scanner pricing. Petroleum Products Petroleum advertising and labeling regulations strictly enforced by County Sealers provide product identity and information to the seller as well as the buyer. Test samples are randomly purchased to verify compliance with quality stands established by the ASTM and SAE. Undercover purchases are one of the many tools available to investigate consumer complaints. Weighmaster Virtually all commerce is dependent upon the functions of weighmasters. Weighmasters are persons licensed by the Department of Measurement Standards to certify the weighed, measured or counted quantity of any commodity whenever both parties to the transaction are not present at the time the quantity is determined. Sealers conduct audit inspections of thousands of weighmaster records to verify correctness and completeness of the required information. Compliance with established weighmaster procedures is determined from these audit inspections, as well as “under-cover’ weighing inspections. For more information or should you have any questions please contact the Kings County Department of Agriculture, (559) 852-2830 or



Farm Safety Strategies Tips for fostering a positive workplace safety attitude Courtesy of Nationwide Creating a safety culture at your workplace requires a proactive safety attitude. Consider these tips to get workers onboard. Talk about safety The more you talk up the importance of safety, the more you’ll generate awareness and attention at the management, supervisory and employee levels. Regular discussion helps promote a safety culture that encourages inclusion and information sharing. It’s widely recognized that the safest workplaces are where workers hear people talking regularly about safety. Encourage safety suggestions Who knows a job better than the workers who perform it - especially highly experienced and skilled ones? Listen to them. Encourage workers to share their ideas for making their jobs safer. You’ll improve safety conditions and performance, while involving them in the improvement process. Act promptly to correct hazards and improve safety conditions Whenever you identify hazards or workers bring them to your attention, act

promptly to correct the situation. If you don’t fix safety problems - even the minor ones - right away, employees will think you don’t care, so why should they? Provide ongoing safety and health training and information Make sure employees have the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to work safely and avoid accidents. Well-trained employees develop good safety attitudes and are more apt to make safety a priority. Reward safe performance If you’re not already doing so, make safety performance a part of employee performance appraisals and communicate your expectations often. Employees who understand that pay increases, promotions and other rewards are contingent on having a proactive safety attitude tend to take workplace safety more seriously. Set positive examples Make sure your managers and supervisors set a positive example and consistently demonstrate safe behaviors themselves.

Get your free Kings County Farm Stands Map As part of our ongoing commitment to educate every consumer in Kings County about the local food production industry, we are providing Kings County Farm Stand Maps free of charge to anyone who would like one. Designed by the KCFB Cultivators program, the map includes 20 area farm stand sites that offer farm-fresh products like milk, eggs, cheese, pistachios, sweet corn, and a bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can pick up a copy of the map at our office, 870 Greenfield Ave. in Hanford, or at any of the Chamber of Commerce offices in Kings County. The map can also be viewed online at


Kings County Rural Crime Report Deputies investigating thefts of tractors, copper wire Contributed by Task Force Supervisor Rod Shulman The Kings County Rural Crime Task Force has been staying busy. We conducted several investigations last month, including the thefts of a tractors and batteries, copper wire and burglaries. John Searcy had a Massey Ferguson 255 tractor stolen from the yard. The tractor was eventually located after we issued a Be on the Lookout (BOL). Danny Garcia had a Ford tractor stolen from him. Garcia loaned the tractor to a family member and it was parked at their residence. The tractor was taken from the family member's house and has yet to be recovered, but the Tulare County Rural Crime Task Force located it near Traver. Ozzie Fernandez had two batteries stolen from a generator. The suspect vehicle was a blue Ford. The vehicle was later found and towed, but the driver of the vehicle is unknown. Our unit conducted a wire theft investigation that occurred on the property owned by Azcal Farms. The suspects in this investigation took approximately 3,500 feet of copper wire from a well. The suspects left the area and drug about 1,000 feet of wire behind their vehicle. This section of wire was recovered by our unit. We have conducted further investigation and have two potential suspects identified. We will continue to look for these suspects and make an arrest when we have the necessary evidence. Sullivan Farms had suspects cut the chain link fence to their yard in the 13500 block of Jackson Avenue. The suspects cut the locks on the sea/ land containers and removed trash pumps and other items. The property was left just outside of the containers. It is believed a red motion sensor light scared the suspects out of the yard. There is not much evidence to work with in the case. With that said, there is a subject who is known for this type of crime. We are attempting to locate him and his vehicle so we can conduct surveillance on him. We spent approximately two weeks locating property owners after an officer-involved shooting. The suspect in this investigation had hundreds of items of stolen property. Our unit, with the assistance of San Benito and Fresno County Sheriff 's Offices and the Bureau of Land Management located stolen property in Hanford that had been taken from several locations. Approximately $15,000 worth of stolen property was recovered. We were able to locate victims from eight different counties throughout California. This investigation took a long time and consumed most of our hours during the day. Industrial hemp registration is ongoing with the Kings County Ag Commissioner. There are several farmers applying to farm this commodity. If you have any questions regarding this process, contact Jimmy Hook, Kings County Ag Commissioner. I want to remind all of you about the Owner Applied Number (OAN). If you

need an OAN, please give us a call and we will assign you one. If you need equipment stamped, we will do that as well. Thanks for your assistance during our investigations. If you have any questions or concerns, 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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