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March 2019 Vol. 26 Number 3 INSIDE

Westlands Water District farmers receive 35 percent allocation for 2019 By Amy D. Fienen



In spite of a year of well above average rainfall, Kings County farmers in the Westlands Water District will only be receiving a 35 percent water allocation for 2019. The Bureau of Reclamation announced this year’s water supply allocation for Central Valley Project water service contractors last month. This year’s allocation is up from the 20 percent allocated for last year, but down considerably from the 65 percent allocated in 2017. The 2018 allocation was later increased to 50 percent, while 2017 saw an increase to 100 percent. Because allocations are reviewed monthly based on precipitation, snowpack and runoff information, allocations are still fluid and “Westlands Water” cont’d on page 6


On-farm inspections to begin this spring under the Produce Safety Program Since the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) launched the Produce Safety Program in 2016, KCFB has provided members with information about the implementation of this program and training seminars that have been held throughout the Valley to help growers prepare. As the program prepares to launch its initial compliance inspections, we are committed to keeping growers apprised of developments that could affect them. Producers on farms with average annual sales of more than half a million dollars should be aware that inspections are scheduled to begin this spring.

What is the Produce Safety Rule? The Produce Safety Rule was developed as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to regulate the production of nearly all fruits, nuts and vegetables. The Produce Safety Rule establishes a set of practices that farmers

must follow that are designed to minimize the potential of foodborne illnesses. The FDA will be conducting on-farm inspections to ensure farmers are in compliance with the Produce Safety Rule. “Farm Inspections” cont’d on page 7



Hemp production standards are being established 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 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

Community Relations Coordinator Barbara Martin

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

Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp production in the United States, with a caveat. Those states allowing producers to grow industrial hemp must first create a grower registration and guidelines that meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards. In the meantime, growers still have the option of raising hemp if they can partner with a research facility. Despite Dusty Ference 6 KCFB Finance Committee the current challenges, growers are exmeeting cited to grow the first "new" crop in a long time and Kings County has growers at the forefront of this revolution. 6 KCFB Executive Committee Currently, the California Department of Food and Agriculture meeting (CDFA) has tasked its Hemp Advisory Committee with creating a 11 & 13 CFBF Issues Advisory Committee grower registration program, and Kings County has two representatives on the committee, Tom Pierce and Sheriff Robinson. The (IAC) meetings committee is working to establish industry standards for industrial 11–13 CFBF Leaders Conference hemp production, in addition to a grower registration process, and is hopeful to have the USDA's approval of their plan long before 14 Kings County Farm Day the end of 2019. We will continue to keep our members updated as 19 KCFB Membership Committee the process unfolds. meeting. This meeting is open Many Kings County growers are excited over the possibilities to all KCFB members that hemp may bring. The expectation is that inputs and water demand may be willing to serve on the are going to be low compared to crops typically grown in the area. It should grow well in most soils, and the Valley’s climate should committee moving forward. allow for two plantings each year. Many estimate that crop values 19 KCFB Board of Directors meeting will be much higher than current averages, at least for the first several years of production. Although low costs and high returns are motivating many growers to explore hemp as an option for them, it would be irresponsible of me not to share some of the concerns as well. Currently, seed supplies are limited at best, and the varieties that are available may not be proven in climate conditions like those in the Central Valley. Few if any pesticides are labeled for use on hemp, so pest control may become difficult and there are limited options for harvest and processing at this time. There are many factors that a grower should consider before deciding to plant industrial hemp prior to approval of the state’s plan. For more information, call CDFA at 916-654-0435, email or visit their website, or contact me by calling the office at 559-584-3557.


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 presented to the Lemoore Noon Rotary Club


KCFB hosted its first Coffee with KCFB of 2019 in Corcoran


Executive Director Ference presented to the Hanford Noon Rotary Club


South Valley Caucus meeting

2/14 KCFB President Hoggard and Executive Director Ference attended the World Ag Expo and spent the morning helping at the CFBF booth 2/19 KCFB Board of Directors meeting 2/25 Executive Director Ference attended the Kings Economic Development Corporations Board of Directors meeting


KCFB board members named to Issue Advisory Committees Kings County Farm Bureau is proud to have six members of its Board of Directors serving on the California Farm Bureau Federation’s (CFBF) 2019 Issue Advisory Committees. They will play an important role in creating the policies that CFBF will consider adopting during their annual meeting in December. KCFB’s board members will be serving on the following committees: Kevin Robertson, Agricultural Labor; Jared Silveira, Animal Health and Welfare; ​Brian Rodrigues, Marketing, Organics and Produce Food Safety; Todd Fukuda, Pollinator and Crop Protection; Monty Hoggard, Transportation, Trade and Technology;​and Brian Medeiros, Taxation, Farm Policy and Land Use.

Food Safety Strategies: Testing your product for glyphosate Contributed by Wiley Hall, Safe Food Alliance Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot in the news recently about glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide and plant growth regulator Roundup®. Last year, a jury awarded $289 million to a former groundskeeper who claimed that exposure to Roundup® caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This heavily publicized case was quickly followed by a report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which found that 31 out of 45 of the conventionally grown cereals being tested “…had glyphosate levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety”. According to the EWG report, glyphosate levels in cereals must remain under 0.01 milligrams or a concentration of 160 ppb (part-per-billion). Levels above this benchmark standard were reported to cause increased health concerns for consumers. The EWG report authors reached a consumption limit of 0.01 milligrams per day by applying a 100x safety factor to California’s Proposition 65 No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for glyphosate (1.1 mg/day). This NSRL under Prop. 65 itself represents a more than a 100x reduction from the acceptable daily intakes (ADIs) set by both the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) after their reviews of the toxicity data for glyphosate. In other words, the Environmental Working Group set a “safety limit” that was 10,000-fold below the risk-based limits set by EPA and WHO! The European Commission is famously cautious when it comes to setting pesticide residue limits. Even using the safe intake level set by the Commission - consuming 0.3 mg of glyphosate per kg of body weight per day-a person would have to weigh less than one-tenth of a pound to stay under the EWG benchmark. Studies such as the EWG report raise the anxiety level for consumers trying to “Glyphosate Testing” cont’d on page 13



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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: 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




NEW MEMBERS California Bio Energy Emily Robindart Rooney Andrea Clark

RENEWED BUSINESS SUPPORT Grabow Farms Mackey & Mackey Insurance Zumwalt Hansen & Association Jack De Jong Stone Land Company CalCom Solar Chuck Herrin Gary G. Robinson Troy Vanvelson County Line Gin Inc Kahn Soares & Conway LLP

March 14, 2019 Kings Fairgrounds


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

RENEWED AG MEMBERS Azevedo Custom Hay Inc John Baker Dino Giacomazzi Don Headrick Arnold J. Netto Jr Paul Stanfield George Wurzel G & C Meyer Farms Inc American West Aviation RBR Farms Tri T Farms John T. Camara Jr Oneta Duncan Edward S. Dutra Em Ag Services Inc Kamehamiya Growers Lawrence Madruga Delia Netto Contente & Co



“Westlands Water” cont’d from page 1

typically aren’t finalized until May. North-of-Delta contractors have been allocated 70 percent and agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta were allocated 35 percent of their contract supply. Eastside water service contractors will be receiving 100 percent of their contract total. The initial water supply allocation for Friant Division contractors is being based on “uncontrolled season” conditions, allowing for a 100 percent allocation for Class 1.

“For Westlands farmers, low initial allocations create uncertainty about how much of their land can be farmed and how much productive farmland will need to be fallowed and contribute to over pumping groundwater.” –Westlands Water District

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that as of Feb. 19, the statewide average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada snowpack is 146 percent of the average for the date. The snowpack is also 116 percent of the April 1 average. Overall precipitation is approximately 121 percent of the historical average for the northern Central Valley. They said that future allocations will be announced as the water year continues to progress and there are changes to reservoir levels and overall hydrology in the state. “Recent storms boosted California’s snowpack and total precipitation well above average, which allows us to have a more abundant water supply allocation,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “Although we’ve got more water in the system now, we must always manage our precious resources with tomorrow’s climate uncertainties in mind.” Westlands Water District released a statement that said in light of the current hydrologic conditions, the 35 percent allocation is evidence that the 2009 biolog-

ical opinion controlling temperature management of Shasta Reservoir is “placing unreasonable restrictions on CVP operations.” They suggested an update of these biological opinions based on updated science and added this: “For Westlands farmers, low initial allocations create uncertainty about how much of their land can be farmed and how much productive farmland will need to be fallowed and contribute to over pumping groundwater.” In contrast, Ernest Conant with the Bureau of Reclamation said that it’s important to act conservatively. “Though we’ve had a great start to 2019, our experience as the operator of this complex and important infrastructure dictates we act conservatively at this time of year,” he said. “In particular, we are closely monitoring the current and projected storage at Shasta Lake, which is the largest reservoir in the CVP.” With a capacity of about 4.5 million acre-feet, Shasta Lake generally represents the majority of the water storage for the CVP. A statement from the Bureau explained that the water stored in Shasta Lake is used for many purposes, including supply for many of the water contractors of the CVP both north and south of the Delta, as well as ensuring that adequate temperatures can be maintained in the Sacramento River downstream of the dam throughout the summer and fall for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. It said that while recent storms have brought storage in the reservoir back up to just above the historic average, runoff forecasts still predict that overall storage this year might be limited if the typical spring precipitation does not materialize. KCFB Executive Director Dusty Ference said that in light of recent history, with zero percent allocations not too far in the rearview mirror, a 35 percent allocation isn’t terrible. “But as has been the case for years, farmers’ frustrations continue at the Bureau of Reclamation’s insistence on sending perfectly good water out to sea in the interest of environmental protection,” Ference said.

MARCH 2019 | KINGS COUNTY FARM BUREAU “Farm Inspection” cont’d from page 1

Which farmers could face inspection and when? Implementation of the Produce Safety Rule is being phased in with large farms (average annual sales >$500,000) required to be compliant beginning in January 2018 and inspections on large farms beginning in the spring of 2019. Small farms (>$250,000 and <$500,000 annual sales) and very small farms (>$25,000 and <$250,000 annual sales) are required to be compliant in January 2019 and January 2020, respectively. To identify farms that are most likely required to comply with the Produce Safety Rule, CDFA obtained limited public information from the CalAg Permits system, maintained by the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association, and used by each county to collect Pesticide Use Reports and issue application permits. This information is limited to a business name and address and commodities and/or commodity categories grown. This information was used to determine the size of each farm. Those that were identified as large farms should be prepared for the possibility of their first regulatory food safety inspection this spring. If your farm was classified as large, you should have been notified by the CDFA. Should your farming operation face an inspection, CDFA says that the Produce Safety Program's role is to educate California produce farmers on how to comply with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule and then regulate farms to ensure that they are compliant. With over 25,000 farms producing crops that are covered by the Produce Safety Rule, of which more than 12,000 are identified as large farms, actual on-farm inspections will be conducted on a very small percentage of farms in any given year. As such, these inspections are to verify that farms are accurately following the Produce Safety Rule.

Where can I get more information? The FDA has provided states with a "Prioritization Tool" that weights certain information, either known or unknown, about a farm. Farm profiles with greater numerical totals may be given a higher priority for inspections. Eligible farms were mailed this form to gather information to be used in this prioritization. If you received this form, we encourage you to complete the questionnaire as completely and accurately as possible as unknown data points are generally allocated the greatest numerical value, and thus increase the need for inspection of your farm. More in-depth information about the Produce Safety Program and information on whether or not your are subject to this rule can be found online at producesafety/. The farm questionnaire is also available on this site.

Produce Safety Program Fast FAQ • CDFA is in the process of collecting information on who must comply with FSMA. The questionnaire will provide the agency with a better list to know who is subject to the rule and to conduct inspections, so if you received a questionnaire, be sure to complete and return it. • If the farm does not grow, harvest, pack, or hold covered produce eaten raw, that farm is not subject to the regulation. Such farms should email producesafety@cdfa. with the name and address CDFA originally contacted with a message stating, “This farm does not grow, harvest, pack, or hold covered Produce Safety Rule raw agricultural commodities as defined by the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.” More information on exempted produce is included below in “Exemptions.” If exempted farms fail to reply, they will remain on CDFA’s list of potentially covered farms. • A farm’s annual sales from a covered crop applies only to the covered product and not to total farm sales. Example: My farm sells $240K in citrus and $550K in total farm sales of non-FSMA covered commodities. On the questionnaire, I would check that I do not have annual sales greater than $500K. • Winegrapes received an official exemption from FSMA in the recently passed appropriations bill. Courtesy of CFBF

Produce Safety Program Exemptions The Produce Safety Rule does not apply to: • Produce that is not a raw agricultural commodity. A raw agricultural commodity is any food in its raw or natural state. The following produce commodities that FDA has identified as rarely consumed raw: asparagus; black beans, great Northern beans, kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans, and pinto beans; garden beets (roots and tops) and sugar beets; cashews; sour cherries; chickpeas; cocoa beans; coffee beans; collards; sweet corn; cranberries; dates; dill (seeds and weed); eggplants; figs; ginger; horseradish; hazelnuts; lentils; okra; peanuts; pecans; peppermint; potatoes; pumpkins; winter squash; sweet potatoes; and water chestnuts

• Food grains, including barley, dent- or flint-corn, sorghum, oats, rice, rye, wheat, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, and oilseeds (e.g. cotton seed, flax seed, rapeseed, soybean, and sunflower seed) • Produce that is used for personal or on-farm consumption • Farms that have an average annual value of produce sold during the previous three-year period of $25,000 or less The rule provides an exemption for produce that receives commercial processing that adequately reduces the presence of microorganisms of public health significance, under certain conditions. Courtesy of CFBF




Ag Commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Compliance Report

Kings County Ag Commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Compliance Report: Update on the BeeWhere beekeeper registry Contributed by Lynda Schrumpf, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer

Jimmy Hook, Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer

Is BeeWhere just another regulatory requirement? BeeWhere is a new voluntary service for beekeepers that is the result of collaboration between the California Agricultural Commissioners Association, California Pest Control Advisors Association and the Apiary Association to address the obstacles facing beekeepers to register, report colony locations and colony movements to the local county agricultural commissioners. The protection of pollinators is essential to production agriculture, and the growers that contract for pollination services can help by requiring the beekeepers hired register through the BeeWhere website, Growers that utilize pollination services are going to benefit from this new service because pesticide applicators (either a grower applying pesticides on their own crops or a contracted pest control business operating on behalf of a grower) can use the BeeWhere website to more accurately and timely obtain contact information for beekeepers with colonies within one mile of an upcoming pesticide application. With this new ability to obtain substantially better location information, growers and applicators can make the best decisions concerning the pesticides they select and methods for their application. The system can help address colonies that are often relocated just prior to the application or within the re-entry period. BeeWhere can notify the pesticide applicator of any new bee movements into the area after the applicator makes their required notifications, but before the planned application date. Beekeepers may choose to use an "anonymized" contact method or can provide direct contact information (email, phone number). BeeWhere is a very useful tool for growers, applicators and beekeepers, making pollinator protection and dealing with all the pesticide label and required regulatory requirements much more accurate and easy to use. Check out the service for yourself at For more information or any questions, please contact Lynda Schrumpf, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Kings County Department of Agriculture, agstaff@, (559) 852-2830.





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.



Search is underway for 2019 District 7 Dairy Princess The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 7 Dairy Princess crown. The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 7 as a spokeswoman and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances at schools, fairs, industry meetings, service clubs, parades, and with the media. The newly selected Dairy Princess and alternate will participate in a mandatory training, July 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12, 2019, in which they receive professional development coaching. Contestants must meet the following requirements: 1) Be at least a junior in high school during the current academic school year and not over 21 years of age by contest date; 2) Be unmarried; and 3) Family must own a dairy farm, work for the dairy industry or show dairy cattle for a 4-H/FFA organization. More detailed information about qualifications can be found on the application, which is available at www. Applicants are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The application deadline is Friday, April 19, 2019. This year the District 7 Dairy Princess contest will be held on Friday, June 28 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St. in Hanford. The evening begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by the contest and dinner at 7. During the event, current Dairy Princess Jolene Simas and First Alternate Kiera Searcy, both of Hanford, will Current Dairy Princess Jolene Simas and First Alternate Kiera Searcy relinquish their crown to the winners who will represent the dairy industry in Kings County during the 2019- will relinquish their crowns to the new dairy royalty on June 28. 2020 program year. Scholarships will also be awarded. Contributed photo Application forms may be accessed online at Questions regarding the application can be directed to District 7 Dairy Princess Co-Chairpersons Debbie Raven ( or 559-281-0815); Jackie Giacomazzi ( or 559-8160707); or CMAB office at or (209) 690-8240.

Contact Richard's or KCFB for a special incentive!



“Glyphosate Testing” cont’d from page 3

feed their families a healthy diet. As a result, that concern is filtering up through retailors, meaning if it hasn’t already reached you, it will soon. As with most regulatory issues in agriculture, preparation is key. One step is to consider testing for glyphosate residues now so that you’re pre-armed with the data your customers will demand.

What You Need to Know About Glyphosate Analysis The first thing to know about glyphosate testing is that, despite the fact that it is one of the most commonly used pesticides in the US (and the world), it is not included in general pesticide residue screens. With modern techniques and instrumentation, a multi-residue screen can cover over 300 compounds, but the chemical nature of glyphosate (high polarity / water solubility) makes it distinct from the vast majority of commonly applied pesticides. That means a specialized test is needed to be able to detect it. The good news is that the specific formulation of glyphosate used (isopropylamine salt, sodium salt, etc.) does not affect the analysis needed. It is, however, important to know the residue definition for your specific market and commodity.

For instance, the residue definition for glyphosate in wheat for the US and the EU requires that you only measure the amount of glyphosate in the commodity. Codex, on the other hand, requires that you also measure the amount of N-acetylglyphosate, which is a metabolite of glyphosate; Australia requires glyphosate, N-acetylglyphosate and AMPA (another metabolite). Make sure the testing lab you use is measuring the correct compounds for your needs. The last thing that’s important when testing for glyphosate is to make sure that the laboratory doing your testing has previously validated their method for your commodity or commodity group. Many of the methods for glyphosate analysis, including the official EU QuPPE method, have not been validated for tree nuts, avocado, animal products or other high fat matrices. Safe Food Alliance offers glyphosate analysis for most agricultural commodities grown in California (including tree nuts); either by itself, or as part of our Polar Pesticide Screen, which also includes glufosinate, ethephon, paraquat, diquat, mepiquat, and chlormequat. For more information on the services Safe Food Alliance laboratory offers, contact Annette Magee at




Kings County Rural Crime Report Burglaries decrease following arrests; wire thefts on the rise Contributed by Task Force Supervisor Rod Shulman The Kings County Rural Crime Task Force conducted fewer investigation during February compared to previous months. I believe this can be attributed to several suspects being in jail. The crew that was conducting shop and residential burglaries in the Island District are in custody in Fresno County. Once adjudicated there, they we will be brought to Kings County for prosecution. The fuel theft crew responsible for the theft of over 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel has warrants for their arrest. The crew has been identified and we, along with Tulare County, have multiple cases on these suspects. We have had four wire theft investigations this month. Mike Jackson Farms had approximately 200 feet of wire taken from one of his well pumps in the area of 30th and Quail Avenue. Westside Harvesting also had a pump vandalized; approximately 450 feet of copper wire was taken from the area of the Avenal Cutoff and Orange Avenue. We believe these two locations were hit by the same suspects. The mode in which they took the copper wire was the same and they left behind little to no evidence to work with. We have checked our local scrap yards for wire being recycled; no large amount of wire has been turned in at this point. The two other copper wire thefts took place in the Armona/Lemoore area. Roger Hakker had

approximately 160 feet of wire stolen from his pump to the west of his dairy. Approximately 100 feet of wire was stolen from another one of his wells in the area of 14th and Iona avenues. Once again, there was little to no evidence found. A pair of wire cutter was located and sent to the lab for analysis. If there is evidence located on the cutting tool, we will be able to further our investigation and make an arrest. We investigated an attempted vehicle theft that occurred at the Degroot Dairy. A female suspect attempted to steal a Martin Transport tractor-trailer. The female is a known car thief out of Tulare County. Brianna Cox Brianna Cox was arrested and her accomplice was also taken into custody shortly afterwards in a stolen truck approximately four miles from where Cox was arrested. We remind all ranchers and farmers to call our dispatch center as soon as possible if you see any vehicle or persons that are suspicious. The direct number to our dispatch center is 852-2720. This will get you in contact with one of our dispatchers

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without delay. I would ask everyone to obtain a license plate whenever possible. With a license plate, we have a better chance of locating suspects. With that said, don't place yourself in a dangerous position. If you have any questions or concerns, please call anytime. The best way to get in touch with any of us is by cell phone. Once again, thank you for your assistance.

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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