Winter 2015

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Lake County News & Reviews WINTER 2015

Volume 92 - Issue 1

Farm Bureau is a membership organization. Without members, we would not have the financial resources that allow our county, state and national organizations to work on important issues affecting the economic sustainability of those in production agriculture. Farm Bureau's advocacy goes well beyond promoting the economic health and stability of growers to include our greater rural communities, as well as those jobs or businesses which are dependent upon production agriculture. A large member base is not only important financially but also provides greater clout when dealing with elected leaders and regulatory agencies. While there is no argument that Farm Bureau dues are insignificant relative to the benefits received by those mentioned above, everyone receives the same benefits whether they "belong" to Farm Bureau or not. As Farm Bureau leaders it is imperative that we keep adding to our membership. There are so many issues confronting the agricultural community today and we want to spend our energies and resources fighting those battles. But our credibility is at stake if we say we are "leading the pack," but there's no "pack" behind us. How can our members help spread the word? How many times have you told someone about a great place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner or a great place to visit? There was nothing in it for you, just the satisfaction knowing that 1) you've helped a place you enjoyed have more business and hopefully have more success and 2) have someone you know feel like they got some great advice and will enjoy the same great experience you had. It's funny how quickly people will respond to a "good review" if they respect and value the one giving the information. It's the very same situation with "belonging" to something, whether it's a service club, philanthropic endeavor or Farm Bureau. If you find the "cost" worth it, whether it's the investment of time and/or capital, others will follow suit — but you need to tell them why you are a Farm Bureau Member! We all know that a Farm Bureau membership pays great dividends. But without a robust membership, we cannot do all that we need to do in order to meet our organizational mission to improve the economic realities for California's farmers and ranchers. Continued on page 5

Special Points of Interest 

Membership RAFFLE!

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program

Member Highlight: Brassfield Estate Winery

LCFB Scholarship Applications

Water Seminar: Registration Open!

Lake County News & Reviews

Lake County Farm Bureau members have access to:

-Education on topics ranging from safety and labor regulations to rural crime. -Representation in local, state and national issues. We provide a voice for our farmers and ranchers at all levels. -Promotion of your story to the consumer. -Assistance with compliance in the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. -Discounts at many other businesses And much more‌

JOIN US TODAY! Lake County Farm Bureau (707) 263-0911 65 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport, CA 95453

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Lake County Farm Bureau’s Mission Statement Lake County Farm Bureau strives to protect, promote, and enhance the agricultural industry in Lake County and beyond, through political involvement, education, information and services. The Lake County Farm Bureau office hours are irregular at this time. While we welcome drop-ins, it is best to call and schedule an appointment ahead of time to ensure someone will be available.

A Special Thank You to the following Lake County Farm Bureau Members for taking their memberships to another level! PRESIDENT’S CLUB Ag Unlimited, A Division of the Lyman Group Bella Vista Farming Company Gallo Vineyards Lincoln Leavitt Insurance Agency Lake Ridge, LLC Rosenthal Vineyards Scully Packing Company Shirley Campbell, Adobe Packing Co. BUSINESS SUPPORT Allied Grape Growers Beckstoffer Vineyards, Red Hills Belkorp Ag– Geometry Global B&M Orchards Bengard Marketing Central Valley Builders Constellation Brands Lake County Chamber of Commerce Lake County Fair Lake Furniture & Design Lake County Horse Council Lake County Winery Association Roberts Bridge Vineyards Savings Bank of Mendocino County Umpqua Bank

Volume 92 - Issue 1 Lake County Farm Bureau 2014/2015 Board of Directors OFFICERS President Dave Rosenthal 1st Vice President Keith Brandt 2nd Vice President Robert Gayaldo Treasurer Daniel Suenram Past President Craig Shannon DIRECTORS District 1 David Rosenthal District 2 Craig Shannon District 3 Glenn Benjamin District 4 Dave Mostin Pat Scully District 5 Paul Lauenroth Rob Suenram At Large Diane Henderson Jeff Lyon Keith Brandt Terry Dereniuk Robert Gayaldo Gary Wielen Greg Panella Daniel Suenram Field Representative Gary Sack District Director Peter Bradford, Mendocino County YF&R District 18 Representative Brodie McCarthy Advisory Members Steve Hajik, Ag Commissioner Rachel Elkins, UCCE Farm Advisor Executive Director Allison Tucker Project Assistant Intern Megan Lysell Lake County Farm Bureau 65 Soda Bay Road Lakeport, CA 95453 Phone: (707) 263-0911 Fax: (707) 263-1101 Email: Website:

The Lake County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of each month. Contact the office for times and locations.

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Lake County News & Reviews Are you a FARM BUREAU Member? -Advocacy for you and your farm or ranch -Weekly Ag Alert Newspaper -Great benefits for you and your operation.

JOIN TODAY! #MembershipMarch


Farm Bureau members that renew their membership before the expiration date, or new memberships, will be automatically entered into a quarterly raffle for two chances to win a

$50 gift certificate to one of our local farm stands or wineries! For more information please call the Farm Bureau office at 707-263-0911.

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Volume 92 - Issue 1 WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Agriculture Members Nina Anderson Carol Dvorak Elizabeth Fairlee Larry Henry Nino Keeney

John McCarthy Sun Alpine, Inc. Ray Tissell Two Bee Garden Farm

...continued from Page 1 Why join the Farm Bureau? Every member has a different reason for joining the Farm Bureau and their membership means something different to them. There are many reasons for being a member of the Farm Bureau. If you haven’t found your reason to join, please review some of our missions below and see if you share the same values. Stand for Something and Stand Together Lake County and California Farm Bureau work vigorously to promote and defend your interests at the local, regional, state and federal levels. We are committed to fighting onerous regulations, fees, taxes and policies that driver farmers and ranchers out of business. Cultivate Your Future Our top priority is to make sure farmers and ranchers keep farming and ranching. As a member you will have access to professional development opportunities designed to do just that. Take advantage of leadership training, political advocacy trips and networking with fellow growers. Your Family Farm Tells a Story. Will There be another Chapter? Do you care about preserving the working landscape of California agriculture for future generations? The Farm Bureau works hard to represent and protect the farming and ranching way of life and we need your help! Many Voices, One Team. Join us at the Table. Take your seat at the table! Farm Bureau embraces both small and organic farmers and promotes the diversity of California agriculture. We are committed to making sure your farm remains profitable, enhances the environment, enriches our culture, and improves the quality of life for all Californians. Knowledge is Power. Discover Your Potential Knowledge empowers our industry whether it is shared at home or on the Capitol steps. As agriculturalists it is imperative for us to stay informed and engaged. As a member, you can count on us for answers, have your voice be heard and put your money where it matters. Renew your Membership on Time Renewing your membership on time is crucial to the Farm Bureau surviving. We thank you in advance for taking the time to renew your membership on time and help spread the word of what the Farm Bureau does for agriculture.

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Lake County News & Reviews Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program Update From the Northern California Water Association

Nitrogen Management Plan Templates Distributed In addition to a Farm Evaluation, owners and operators of irrigated agriculture and managed wetlands throughout the Central Valley will be recording and tracking nitrogen fertilizer applications. The requirement arose from concern about high nitrate levels in groundwater quality, especially for those communities that rely on groundwater as their source of drinking water. The Subwatershed Groups of the Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition (Coalition) began distributing the Nitrogen Management Plan which will capture both planning and a post-harvest (actual N applied) inputs. The Nitrogen Management Plan stays “on farm.” As with the report summarizing farm evaluation information, the owner/operator of irrigated agriculture and their associated parcel will not be identified. If you have questions regarding the NMP contact the Lake County Farm Bureau office at 707-263-0911. Lake County Farm Bureau will be hosting a workshop this Spring with NRCS to assist members with their Nitrogen Management Plan.

State Water Quality Fee Update Last September, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) directed staff to increase the frequency of outreach during the year to keep those required to pay into Waste Discharge Permit Fund (a.k.a., State Water Quality fee) apprised of developments that impact the fee amount. With the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 Budget, State Water Board staff held a meeting for stakeholders on Friday, February 13, 2015 to discuss the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Water Quality fees. The meeting, which was webcast, provided an overview of the Waste Discharge Permit Fund Condition; Waste Discharge Permit Fund Budget Cost Drivers; Budget Expenditure Allocation Charts by Program; and a Presentation on State Water Board’s Annual Performance Report. The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) on behalf of the participants enrolled in the Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition (Coalition) continue to explore with State Board staff alignment of the State Water Quality fee in the Sacramento Valley with the staff resources allocated.

WATER STEWARDSHIP IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS Presented by Lake County Farm Bureau, Lake County Winegrape Commission, and UC Cooperative Extension

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 8:00AM– 11: 00 AM

Soper-Reese Theater 275 S. Main Street, Lakeport, CA

REGISTER NOW! Admission is free. Advance registration strongly encouraged. Register online at: Page 6 


Farm Bureau Member highlight

In 1973, Jerry Brassfield purchased the original 1,600 acres here as a cattle ranch and wildlife reserve. Over the next three decades Jerry acquired additional property. Today, the Lake County estate includes 2,500 acres across both the eastern and the western sections of High Valley, as well as the Round Mountain Volcano. Our valley floor vineyards sit at 1800 ft. elevation. The higher vineyard blocks rise to nearly 3000 ft.

Volume 92 - Issue 1 A commitment to sustainability extends to every detail of the approach at Brassfield Estate. Many building materials found in the construction of its winery and visitor center have been re-purposed and re-used. All water used in the winegrowing and winemaking process is recaptured and recycled. Brassfield strives to utilize every precious raindrop that falls on their property.

Visit the beautiful grounds and Join the Brassfield High Serenity Wine Club! Featured Wine:

The 2013 Eruption is rich and intense. The wine exhibits aromas of blackberries, fresh baked bread, stewed plums, and a touch of tar, giving way to flavors that are jammy, ripe and unctuous.

The recent Vines to Wine run at Brassfield last fall was a huge success with the proceeds from the event going to Lower Lake HS and East Lake Elementary. Many of the Brassfield Employees are active in many organizations around the county from the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association and the American Wine Society. Brassfield Estate Winery has been a member of the Farm Bureau for a number of years and will continue to be for many years to come. Brassfield cares about the community and the environment and has played an active role in Lake County’s water quality program since the beginning.

Left: Brassfield Vineyard Manager, Jonathan Walters, and LCFB Executive Director, Allison Tucker, stand outside the wine caves on Brassfield’s property in Clearlake Oaks.

Featured Recipe

TOSSED BABY GREENS WITH BALSAMIC-HONEY VINAIGRETTE Serves 4-6 3/4 point Spring Mix 1/4 cup olive oil, divided 1 6 oz can mandarin oranges or 5 large fresh mandarins, peeled and segmented 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 3 ounces soft goat cheese Salt and pepper 3/4 cup roasted

In a small bowl, rapidly mix honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil until well blended. In a separate, medium sized bowl, toss lettuce greens and mandarins until well mixed. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, top with goat cheese and roasted walnuts. Season with salt and pepper, toss, and serve immediately. Recipe from Chef Jeremy Zabel, Saw Shop Bistro Courtesy of Wilhurst Website

Please call 707-263-0911 or email to submit your recipe to be featured in the next News & Reviews!

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Support these Businesses

ACCOUNTING Carpenter & Carpenter, CPA Joan Sturges, CPA Peggy Campbell, CPA Richard Morhar, CPA AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIES AG Unlimited Bob Bartley Pump, Inc. Central Valley Builder’s Supply Cold Creek Compost Davebilt Company Lakeshore Feed & Grain Mendocino County Farm Supply Rainbow Ag Services Stokes Ladders AGRI-TOURS Eleven Roses Ranch ASSOCIATIONS Allied Grape Growers California Women for Agriculture Lake County Fair Lake County Farmers’ Finest Lake County Winery Association Lake County Chamber of Commerce Lake County Horse Council AUTOMOTIVE Lakeport Tire & Auto Tire Pros Joes Place Automotive

707/263-5691 707/279-1188 707/263-9017 707/279-8032 707/279-4654 707/279-2304 707/963-3622 707/485-5966 707/263-5270 707/994-9335 707/462-1492 707/279-0550 707/279-4306 707/998-4471 559/276-0210 707/279-0412 707/263-6181 707/263-6076 707/357-5237 707/263-5092 707/279-1903 707/263-5422 707/994-9097 707/275-8813

CHRISTMAS TREES Elk Mountain Christmas Tree Farm President’s Club Member Business Support Member


CONSTRUCTION All Phase Electric All Temps Air Conditioning & Heating Big Valley Electric Central Valley Builders Charlie McNabb Painting Conser Land Surveying Granite Construction

707/349-0694 707/263-1528 707/279-2430 707/963-3622 707/278-0507 707/263-5512 707/467-4110

Jonas Energy Solutions


Lucerne Roofing North Coast Barns Shore Side Electric Totorica Plumbing CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS Granite Construction Hiatt Construction Kelseyville Lumber Lake County Electric Supply, Inc. S-Bar-S Rock Quarry Wright Construction DAIRY

707/263-4200 707/355-2276 707/279-9248

Yerba Santa Dairy FARM & RANCH EQUIPMENT Rainbow Ag Services West Cal Tractor Wilson Repair Service FARM/RANCH MANAGEMENT Bella Vista Farming Co. FINANCIAL SERVICES American Ag Credit, FLCA Lake Loan & Investment/Larry Cathey Strong Financial Services Savings Bank of Mendocino County Umpqua Bank FOOD PROCESSING Adobe Creek Packing Ellis Ranch Chacewater Wine & Olive Mill Lake County Walnut Lauenroth Walnut Dryer Maryka Orchards Scully Packing Co. FUEL DEALERS Amerigas INSURANCE Eel River Energy

707/279-4020 707/467-4110 707/245-6860 707/279-4297 707/263-7002 707/279-9376 707/987-9227 707/263-8131 707/279-0550 707/584-9111 707/263-3667 707/279-4220 707/462-6531 707/279-4238 707/262-1880 707/263-7102 707/262-3342 707/279-4204 707/994-3225 707/279-2995 707/279-1200 707/279-8561 707/279-4200 707/263-7327 707/263-5438 707/994-6535

Allied Insurance Loraine Metzinger Lincoln-Leavitt Insurance Lunas Insurance NorCoast Life Insurance

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707/263-5639 707/263-7162 707/263-5601 707/263-1945


that Support Agriculture !!

Big Valley Sheep Farm


Cole Creek Equestrian Center Cow Mountain Kiko Goats Keithly Ranches Oak Rose Ranch Seevers Ranch American Shetland Ponies Roush Performance Horses Williams Equine Enterprises

707/279-0915 707/262-1577 707/279-4044 707/275-8052 707/349-1994 707/263-7177 707/972-0602

MEDICAL SERVICES Jameson Chiropractic Kirk Andrus, MD MARKETING Allied Grape Growers Bengard Marketing Inc. Lake County Winegrape Commission NURSERIES Bailey’s Nursery Duarte Nursery Jaguar Gardens Nursery Spring Thyme Nursery

707/263-3124 707/279-1888 559/276-7021 707/263-1990 707/279-2633 707/279-9168 800/472-3833 707/995-5218 707/262-0920

Star Gardens


Suchan Nursery (walnuts only) PEST CONTROL Bat Control Specialist California Exterminators Alliance Pestmaster Services RB Pest Control Weed Tech Wildlife Pest Management PRODUCE & WINE OUTLETS (RETAIL) Adamson Ranch Bullion Creek Vineyards Clover Creek Family Farm Dietmar Renker/Renker Farms Hanson Ranch Farmstand Rancho de la Fuente Seely’s Farm Stand Sky Hoyt Specialty Grower REAL ESTATE Big Valley Properties Gary Olson Anna Macomber Coldwell Banker Keith Petterson Noble Realty RESTAURANTS & WINE BARS Focused on Wine Lake County Wine Studio Saw Shop Gallery Bistro

707/275-2461 888/409-7378 707/277-9103 707/275-3333 707/263-5245 707/998-1318 888/409-7378 707/350-1925 707/987-9244 707/275-9315 707/279-4409 707/279-4761 707/263-3160 707/275-2353 707/279-0859

707/279-2790 707/279-2790

RETAIL Lakeport Furniture & Design Braito’s Riviera Foods and Marin SERVICES Allied Information Networking Blair Landscaping & Maintenance Chapel of the Lakes Cow Mountain Kiko Goats Don Reynolds Water Truck Dunken Pumps, Inc. Ellis Ranch/Topsoil Compost Keithly Transportation Lauenroth Trucking Renfro’s Animal Inn Nick Voegtly Safety & Loss Control The Pear Doctor Tire Pros Tony Braito, Marine Surveyor UCC Rental & RV VETERINARY SERVICES Tim N. Strong, D.V.M. WINERIES Beckstoffer Vineyards-Red Hills Brassfield Estate Winery Ceago Vinegarden Chacewater Wine & Olive Mill Eden Crest Winery Gregory Graham Winery Hawk & Horse Vineyards Langtry Estates & Vineyards Laujor Estates Kendall Jackson Winery Mt. Konocti Winery Moore Family Winery Noggle Vineyards Rosa de Oro Shannon Ridge Six Sigma Winery Sol Rouge Winery Steele Wines Trinchero Family Estates Wildhurst Winery R Vineyards

707/263-5145 707/279-4868 707/998-0135 707/279-0302 707/995-2645 707/263-0357 707/262-1577 707/263-3783 707/263-4486 707/994-7520 707/279-1312 707/279-8561 707/279-1606 707/349-7233 707/279-4335 707/994-9097 707/277-9512 707/263-6488 707/263-8100 707/279-1003 707/998-1895 707/274-1462 707/279-2995 707/279-2987 707/995-3500 707/942-4600 707/987-2385 707/279-2146 707/263-9333 707/279-4213 707/279-9279 707/998-0319 707/279-0483 707/998-9656 707/994-5663 707/279-9000 707/279-9475 707/963-3104 707/279-4302 707/987-2760

707/349-0174 707/275-0115 707/279-2112 707/275-8030 707/278-0129

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Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Blue Jacket Bonanza Winners! Shaina Coles - Lower Lake High School Edward Llewellyn - Lower Lake High School Abel Serrano Jr. - Upper Lake High School Carissa Forest - Middletown High School All winners showed a sincere commitment to the FFA program, demonstrated great leadership capacity, and exhibited their community involvement which are all qualities deserving of a Blue Jacket!

The 2015 LCFB Scholarship Application is now open! The LCFB Scholarship Program was organized to provide financial assistance to Lake County students who show a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. The scholarships are awarded annually and are based upon academic achievement, career goals, extracurricular activities, determination, leadership skills, and a commitment to study agriculture. The entire application packet must be received by LCFB on or before April 15th to be considered by the Scholarship Committee. Applications are available at or at the LCFB Office in Lakeport.

Educate and AGvocate! National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day.

Have fun! There are a variety of events throughout the week that allow a chapter to communicate with others what FFA is all about and ignite a passion for agriculture! Some chapters host teacher appreciation breakfasts, others conduct "Agriculture Olympics" competitions, while still others reach out to the community through service projects. This is just a small sampling of how chapters promote FFA in their schools and communities. Lake County Farm Bureau is a proud supporter of Agriculture Education and the many great opportunities that our local FFA programs offer students. Page 10 ď ˇ


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LAKE COUNTY FARM TO SCHOOL PROJECT LAUNCHED BY NCO Lake County, CA–As part of the ongoing effort to encourage the purchase of locally-grown produce by schools in Lake County for student lunches, snacks, and breakfasts, North Coast Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a $397,899 grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to serve five Lake County school districts. The Specialty Crop Block Grant was awarded to North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). NCO will work with five Lake County school districts to address barriers to the utilization of specialty crops in school meals. Specialty crops – as opposed to commodity crops – include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and dried fruits. “With this grant, we have the opportunity to increase the amount of fresh, in season, locally grown specialty crops served daily to 6,000 Lake County students,” said Terre Logsdon, Lake County Farm to School Project Coordinator. “Additionally, this grant will give local specialty crop farmers the opportunity to expand production to meet the needs of the school – a win-win for our health and local economy.” The Lake County Farm to School Project will assess school needs, upgrade kitchen equipment, and help adapt kitchen space in Kelseyville Unified School District, Konocti Unified School District, Lakeport Unified School District, Middletown Unified School District, and Upper Lake Union Elementary School District.

Jim Leonardis, pictured here, is a

Students will have the opportunity to participate in summer programming that Lake County farmer who already will teach them how to process and preserve local specialty crops for use in school kitchens throughout the school year, thereby extending the use of local produce in school meals.

works with several school districts. He will be one of the partner farmers with the Lake County Farm to School project to increase specialty crops in school meals.

The Lake County Farm to School project will also work with local farmers to help them understand the needs

of area schools, provide technical assistance to meet school purchasing requirements, and link farmers and food service directors to help create production schedules based on school needs. For more information on NCO, visit Picture left: Kelseyville High School sophomore Danielle Mosqueda enjoys working as a teachers’ aide in the school kitchen washing and processing local and other specialty crops for lunch.

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Lake County News & Reviews GRAZING REGULATORY ACTION PROJECT UPDATE On Jan. 28, the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) held its final of the three scheduled outreach listening sessions regarding the Grazing Regulatory Action Project (GRAP) in Bishop, following hearings earlier in the month in San Luis Obispo and Redding. Many farmers, ranchers and organization representatives attended the sessions to portray the concern with the impact this possibly overreaching regulatory project could have on the livestock grazing industry. The SWRCB and the nine regional water quality control boards said in public documents they're working together on the new project to explore ways to improve environmental benefits from grazing, while protecting surface and groundwater. The Water Board said it wants to reduce stream sediment loading and introduction of bacteria and nutrients to water bodies and wetlands, as well as prevent physical alteration of the land that can harm habitat and wildlife. Because of the implications of this issue, California Farm Bureau (CFBF) is working with leaders of the California Cattlemen's Association and the California Wool Growers Association to coordinate response to the GRAP proposal. After the three listening sessions the project’s 2015 timeline has changed from “initial regulatory proposal” to an assurance that they will merely “consider options.” Though the scheduled listening sessions hav come to an end, Farm Bureau will remain involved in opposition to the GRAP and encourages all involved parties to stay involved. Ranchers are encouraged to stay informed with the updates of the GRAP by contacting the California Cattlemen’s Association or State Water Board updates. If you would like more information on the GRAP, please contact the Lake County Farm Bureau at 707-263-0911.

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Meet the LCFB Board Members Terry Dereniuk Since serving as a board member for a few years, Terry has brought a great deal of experience and enthusiasm for the Lake County wine and agriculture industry. Terry is also a member of the Lake County Master Gardeners and an active member of the Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, chairing that organization’s AgVenture program for the last three years. Terry also became the new Executive Director for the Lake County Winery Association back in December 2013. In 2010, Dereniuk retired from the Treasury Department with 20 years of service. On top of giving her time to all the programs she is involved in, Terry and her husband, Buz, own Cat’s Paw Vineyard in Kelseyville. Thank you Terry for all your hard work and passion for the agriculture industry! Daniel Suenram Daniel serves as the treasurer for the Lake County Farm Bureau and as chair for Lake County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers. With deep roots in the agricultural industry, Daniel has worked for Holdenried Harvesting, Maryka Pear Shed, and is assistant manager on his family farm, Suenram Ranch, where he oversees organic dry land walnuts, zin and cab sauv grapes, 35 acres of permanent pasture, dry land oat hay, and a cattle-calf operation. Mr. Suenram has also been president of the 4-H Junior Leader program and the student body vice president for AS government in high school. Daniel also has participated in the FFA program raising beef cattle, market and breeding pigs in 4-H, and an inter-collegiate council representative for Santa Rosa Junior College AG Ambassadors where he also earned his Associate Degree. Thank you Daniel for your continued enthusiasm in the Lake County agriculture community!

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State Fund Can Assist With Your IIPP Requirement By Mike Burns Farm Bureau Group Manager As an employer, paying close attention to safety protects the health of your employees and helps you comply with Cal/OSHA regulations. One of the most important tools for employers, including those in agriculture, is an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). California employers are required by law to have a written, effective IIPP in place and readily available if state inspectors show up at the farm or ranch. You can be subject to substantial fines if a Cal/OSHA officer inspects your operation and cites you for failure to maintain an IIPP. The IIPP should include procedures that you put into practice. Part of your responsibility is to control potential workplace hazards and correct hazardous conditions or practices as they occur or are recognized. The IIPP includes a system for you to communicate with your employees on matters relating to occupational safety and health, including provisions designed to encourage employees to inform you of hazards at the worksite without fear of reprisal. An effective IIPP should establish the following requirements for a safe workplace:  Management commitment and assignment of responsibilities  Safety communications system with employees  System for assuring employee compliance with safe work practices  Scheduled inspections and an evaluation system Accident investigation  Procedures for correcting unsafe and/or unhealthy conditions  Safety and health training and instruction  Recordkeeping and documentation

State Fund’s safety and health services are offered at no extra charge to policyholders and include educational programs, materials, and inspections, such as:  Ergonomic evaluations, air sampling, and onsite inspections that can save employers thousands of dollars in injuries and illnesses.  Electronic pamphlets, manuals, booklets, and safety sheets.  Assistance in Cal/OSHA Compliance. As the largest workers’ compensation carrier in California, State Fund plays a stabilizing role in the economy by providing fairly priced workers’ compensation insurance, making California workplaces safe, and restoring injured workers.

State Fund recognizes that your loss prevention efforts affect the frequency and severity of injuries and illnesses in your work environment. Our experience shows that with informed planning and education, workplace injuries and illnesses can be reduced or eliminated. We are committed to the belief that a safe workplace can increase worker productivity and lower your workers’ compensation costs. For more information, call toll-free at 888STATEFUND (888-782-8338), or check the State Fund Website at

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Moore Announces Plans to Run for District 5 Board of Supervisors Seat COBB, Calif.– Lake County businessman and agricultural leader Beau Moore has announced his candidacy to succeed retiring Supervisor Rob Brown in District 5. “I am seeking the office of county supervisor to preserve our land for future generations while providing the good paying jobs, educational resources and recreational opportunities our families need to thrive,” said Moore. A fifth -generation Lake County resident, Moore is a manager for Steve Moore Engineering as well as the Moore Family Winery. Moore also serves as director for the LCFB, the Cobb Mitigation Board and the Lake County Winery Association. “My campaign committee has chosen the campaign theme of ‘Local Values...Independent Voice’ to highlight my family’s five generations of service to Lake County, as well as my record as a community problem-solver who will always put people ahead of politics,” explained Moore. Moore said strengthening the local economy will be a major focus of his candidacy.

Rosenthal Announces Plans to Run for District 1 Board of Supervisors Seat MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – Former District 1 Planning Commissioner Monica Rosenthal has announced her candidacy for the county supervisorial seat currently held by Jim Comstock, who is retiring in 2016. “South Lake County is facing important decisions to strengthen our local economy and protect the small town quality of life and the unique diversity of our community,” said Rosenthal. “My experience, commitment and connections locally, countywide and regionally will enable me to successfully address both the needs and opportunities for the people of the First District.” Rosenthal said she's dedicated to preserving the county's rural lifestyle and environment. “That is why I led the fight to protect our communities from inappropriate land development and stop the rampant spread of commercial marijuana grows. As our next supervisor, I will bring a balanced approach to land use that supports our vital farming and tourism industries while attracting quality new businesses to South Lake County.” Page 14 


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