FARM & RANCH October 30, 2019
A special supplement to the Oakdale Leader, the Escalon Times, the Riverbank News, the Manteca Bulletin and the Ripon Bulletin
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Stanislaus Farm Supply Celebrates 70 Years By: Anna Genasci
One could easily argue that the agriculture industry has certainly evolved over the last 70 years. But, one staple for our central valley growers, has been Stanislaus Farm Supply. With true grassroots beginnings, Stanislaus Farm Supply has continued to offer great customer service, seed, fertilizer, and crop protection products to its growers for 70 years. Not unlike our evolving agriculture practices, Stanislaus Farm Supply has done the same, offering new products, services, and convenient locations. But it all began with bailing wire … A shrinking supply of bailing wire, brought on by steelwork strikes across the country, drove area farmers to pool their resources under a committee to secure a rail car of wire. One of those farmers, Joe Sousa made an offer to the Farm Supply Committee, headed by Maurice McDonald, to manage the company for six months at no salary. In addition, he offered the use of his pickup and 1-1/2 ton truck at no charge. If, at the end of six months the directors were satisfied with the operation, he would continue an additional six months. If not, he would resign with no financial
obligations to the company. Fred Thiemann supplemented this proposal by offering office space and clerical services at no charge, and in 1949, Stanislaus Farm Supply was born. Originally located on 8th and Washington, Stanislaus Farm Supply’s early success is often attributed to the business savvy of its founding members, along with its integral relationship with the county’s Farm Bureau. By 1960 Farm Supply acquired a new warehouse on E. Service that allowed for the future development of onsite bulk fertilizer storage and added a field staff to better emphasize its service-oriented business model. Stanislaus Farm Supply is unique; its structure as a farmer-owned co-op creates an opportunity for competitive pricing and better communication with growers and their agronomy needs. So how exactly does a co-op work? It begins with a group of growers who have similar needs, like fertilizer. By pulling their resources, through the governance of a grower board, this structure gives Stanislaus Farm Supply buying power to meet customer needs economically and efficiently. The system also gives back to its members, as the cooperative makes profit the growers
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receive a patronage, based on purchases of that year’s members. While Stanislaus Farm Supply has seen a strengthening in its relationship with Farm Bureau and area growers, they felt the need to connect with the next generation of growers. Through the development of local scholarships and an unwavering support of FFA and 4H Farm Supply found a way to support and strengthen the rural lifestyle while promoting agriculture to the greater general public. With Stanislaus Farm Supply’s success, they have grown, not only in a customer base but physical locations. With roots running deep on E. Service Road in Modesto, you can find other locations sprinkled throughout the valley and Nevada. As you head south on 99, you will find Stanislaus Farm Supply in Merced and Kerman. And our neighbor to the east has locations in both Fallon and Yerington Nevada.
While other grower-owned companies and ag suppliers have gone out of business in the past 70 years, Farm Supply been able to survive and thrive by adapting to change. From advances in Ag technology to climate and environmental changes, agriculture is a dynamic industry full of challenges and opportunities. Stanislaus Farm Supply is proud to work alongside Farm Bureau as an affiliated co-op to be a voice for agriculture and will strive to improve the financial well-being and quality of life for farmers and ranchers.
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W.H. Breshears, Inc. Continues To Expand And Grow W.H. Breshears, Inc. is a third-generation independent marketer and distributor of motor fuels, lubricants, and alternative fuels and an award-winning lubricants marketer for Chevron Products Company for many years. The company was founded by Ora F. Breshears in Waterford, California in 1938 with one small gasoline service station under the Standard Oil Company brand name. Since its origin, the focus of the company’s business has been on serving the petroleum needs of the fertile agriculture market, as well as the strong commercial and industrial markets of California. Growth of W.H. Breshears, Inc. over the years has been achieved through a combination of market development, mergers, and acquisitions. The company moved to its current headquarters in Modesto, California in 1969 when Standard Oil closed the original facility in Waterford. In 1979, this site was purchased from Chevron USA when the company was changed from a Commission Agent to an Independent Jobber/Marketer. During this transition, the company looked to the Sierra Mother Lode and expanded into the timber and mining industry. The Sonora Terminal & CFN Cardlock became
the company’s second location in the summer of 1978, when Chevron USA moved the existing agent to another area. The Terminal was relocated to its existing location after the original site on Lime Kiln Road was purchased in 1986 by Caltrans in order to make room for a bypass and W.H. Breshears, Inc. relocated to the existing location. As the Terminal was being relocated, the company opened its first 24-hour CFN Fleet Fueling Cardlock down the street from its Modesto headquarters in February 1981. Shortly after, W.H. Breshears, Inc. acquired a Phillip’s 66 distributor based in Modesto. In March of 1988, W.H. Breshears, Inc. opened its second 24-hour CFN Fleet Fueling Cardlock in Oakdale, California. In June of 1990, the company acquired another Chevron distributor based in Turlock, California with a second base in Livingston, California. In February of 1997, the company acquired its third Terminal and CFN Cardlock with the purchase of a Mobil distributor based in Newman, California. The same year, W.H. Breshears, Inc. acquired its first retail Chevron station in Oakdale. In
2009, the company acquired its fourth Terminal & CFN Cardlock with the purchase of Silvera Petroleum in Atwater, California, as well as its second Chevron station in Modesto. W.H. Breshears, Inc. continues to expand and grow its Chevron Lubricant business, bulk facilities, and warehouses in order to better meet the needs of their customers and the ever evolving industries they work in. All of the company’s lubricants are distributed in various bulk and package sizes. Currently, the company repackages over 70% of its Chevron Lubricants products using their Modesto packaging facility. As an independent oil marketer, W.H. Breshears, Inc. maintains the ability to market a wide range of petroleum products. While many of their competitors sell a number of different brands, W.H. Breshears, Inc. strongly uses their relationship with Chevron and their superior product line as their primary brand. As a Branded Chevron Lubrication Marketer, W.H. Breshears, Inc. is the first source for value that goes well beyond the product line, contributing to their customers’
long-term profitable growth. As an integral part of the Central Valley and Mother Lode’s history, W.H. Breshears, Inc. believes in engaging with and giving back their community. The company is heavily involved in activates and sponsorships coordinated by the City Chambers and Farm Bureaus throughout the counties they serve. W.H. Breshears, Inc. also regularly sponsors youth baseball teams and tractor restoration contests, the Oakdale Rodeo, volunteer firefighters of the Mother Lode area, Gallo Center for the Arts and much more. Every spring, the Ora & Wilma Breshears Memorial Scholarship awards one or more Waterford High School student who demonstrate community involvement and are pursuing a career in education, business or agriculture/environmental studies. In 2017, W.H. Breshears, Inc. proudly received its Woman-Owned Business Certification through Supplier Clearinghouse Women Business Enterprise (WBE), NWBOC Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification, and hopes to continue inspiring women and girls to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related fields.
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Beauty from the Inside Out: Pilot Study Investigates the Effects of Daily Almond Consumption on Facial Wrinkles New research using high-resolution imaging shows reduced measures of wrinkle width and severity in postmenopausal women who ate almonds as a daily snack Anti-aging regimens abound but emerging research suggests that one delicious addition to your skincare routine may be in your pantry instead of your makeup kit: almonds. A new pilot study by researchers at the University of California, Davis found that a daily snack of almonds in place of other nut-free snacks improved measures of wrinkle width and severity in postmenopausal women. The study was funded by the Almond Board of California and is the first of its kind to examine almonds’ effects on skin health. A larger and longer-term follow-up study is underway.
In this 16-week randomized controlled trial, 28 healthy postmenopausal women with Fitzpatrick skin type 1 or 2 (characterized by increased tendency to burn with sun exposure) were randomly assigned to one of two groups. In the intervention group, women ate almonds as a snack, which accounted for 20% of their total daily calorie intake, or 340 calories per day on average (about 2 one-ounce servings). The control group ate a nut-free snack that also accounted for 20% of calories: a cereal bar, granola bar or pretzels. Aside from these snacks, study participants ate their regular diets and did not eat any nuts or nutcontaining products. Skin assessments were made at the start of the study, and again at 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. At each visit, facial wrinkles were
assessed using high-resolution facial imaging and validated 3-D facial modeling and measurement. “These high resolution cameras allow for 3-D reconstruction of any wrinkles so that they can be mapped for their key characteristics of width and severity. The severity score is a calculation of the depth and length of a wrinkle,” explains Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP, integrative dermatologist and lead researcher on the study. Skin barrier function was also assessed, by measuring sebum production and transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Skin barrier function examines the strength of the skin barrier and how well it protects skin from moisture loss (TEWL) and from harmful irritants coming from the environment. By the end of the study at 16 weeks, photographic image analysis showed
statistically significant improvements for participants in the almond snack group compared to the control group (P<0.02): Wrinkle width decreased by 10% Wrinkle severity decreased by 9% There were no significant changes in skin barrier function between groups. “Food as a means of promoting skin health – the “health from the inside out” idea – is of growing interest to those looking for options for healthy aging,” says Dr. Sivamani. “It’s also a growing area of scientific research. Almonds are a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E and deliver essential fatty acids and polyphenols. They’re a smart choice for overall good nutrition. And, as seen in this study, almonds may hold promise as a food to include as part of a healthy aging diet, especially for post-menopausal women.”
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The Basics Of Raising Pigs Many people subscribe to the notion that “everything is better with bacon.” Imagine being able to control the quality and flavor of pork products, and knowing just what went into producing delicious bacon? In an era of growing uncertainty about commercially produced food, many agriculturally inclined people are raising livestock right on their properties, and small-scale pig farms can be a successful venture. Despite pigs’ reputation as dirty animals, the animal resource PetHelpful indicates they are actually one of the cleanest farm animals. Pigs tend to wallow in mud only if they do not have proper shade and a clean, steady water supply to regulate their body temperature. Furthermore, giving pigs plenty of space to roam will enable them to keep dry, clean and cool. Pens should be large enough so pigs can sleep and eat on one end and use the other end for soiling. Pigs also are intelligent animals that will adapt to routine. This means it may be easier to care for pigs than some other farm animals. Even though pigs can grow to be quite
large, they do not need to live on an expansive farm. Many pigs can live quite well on an acre if their pen and foraging areas are rotated periodically. Data from the past 50 years shows that today’s pig farms use less land and other resources to produce one pound of pork, according to the National Pork Board. Therefore, raising pigs can be a sustainable undertaking. According to Mother Earth News, when selecting pig breeds for a pig farm startup, these are popular as lean-meat producers and shouldn’t be hard to find: Yorkshire, Duroc-Jersey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Poland-China, Chester White and Tamworth. Choose sows (females) or barrows (castrated males) for the best-tasting meat. Also, keep in mind that pigs are social animals, and even though the average family will do just fine with one pig’s worth of meat, pigs do better if raised in pairs or more. Pigs need a varied diet to thrive. Diets should include grain, milk, fruits, vegetables, and greens from pasture. Experts suggest novices ask a veterinarian or another pig farmer about feeding. A fam-
Pig farming can be a worthwhile venture. More in-depth information on raising pigs is available at http://porkgateway.org/resource/introduction-to-raising-pigs/. ily garden or bartering with other families nearby for food materials can keep feeding costs minimal. Many pigs can be butchered by the age
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Maintenance Key To Functioning Farms The family automobile is not the only piece of equipment that requires routine upkeep to ensure it is operating properly. Life on a farm can come to a screeching halt if farm equipment is not properly maintained. Farmers invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on agricultural equipment, such as tractors, tillers, hoppers, and dozers. Adhering to maintenance schedules can prevent breakdowns and decrease the need for potentially costly emergency repairs. Keep it clean Cleaning the surface of equipment can go a long way toward keeping it operating smoothly. Use a pressure washer to remove caked-on mud and other debris. Titan iron suppliers recommend quickly washing equipment after usage so that substances do not have the chance to harden. Learn the equipment Over time, it is possible to employ your senses of sight, sound and even smell to determine if equipment is work-
ing properly. Familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual so you can troubleshoot minor problems. Any unusual sounds, odors or responses from the gear should be noted. Routine maintenance checks Routinely inspect hoses, fittings, and seals to ensure they are in good working condition. Be sure fluids, such as coolant and oil, are at the proper levels. Check and replace filters as needed. Tires need to be properly inflated, and inspect the battery for corrosion or other signs that it may need to be replaced. Check belts for cracks. Tour the exterior of the equipment looking at signals and lights to ensure they are in proper working order. Hardware should be tightened and any missing pieces replaced. Heavy farm equipment needs motor oil, hydraulic oil and filters changed more frequently than automobiles. Such equipment also may need more frequent lubrication of chains and cables. Always check and inspect equipment prior to jobs requiring heavy and extended usage.
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Regulation (DPR), Cal-OSHA, and food safety training in Spanish and English to hundreds of clients and their employees in thirteen different counties. These include DPR, Cal-OSHA, and California Environmental Reporting Systems (CERS) headquarter inspections and consultation, employee safety training on farm equipment, nut hulling/shelling/ processing operations, dairy facilities, nut and fruit harvest, produce packinghouses, First Aid/CPR/AED certification, and more. The company provides a unique opportunity for employers to meet regulation compliance by making its services available on-site in addition to several county-wide training sessions held annually for the general public. These safety products are customized to fit the clients’ needs. Cal Ag is proud to lend a helping hand to small local family-owned farms as well as international ventures alike. When the Cal Ag Safety staff members are not busy conducting day-to-day operations, they are actively engaged collaborating with each county farm bureau and county agricultural commissioner’s office in the tri-county area working to host Spray Safe. Lastly, to learn more about Cal Ag Safety and its services contact Ann Curtoni-Lial at (209) 351-0321 or acurtoni@ calagsafety.com.
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The Benefits Of Shopping Farmers Markets Farmers markets have grown in popularity in recent years. Nowadays, consumers interested in farmers markets can likely find one near their homes whether those homes are in rural communities, the suburbs or bustling cities. People who have never before shopped farmers markets may be curious as to why many people find them so appealing. The following are a handful of benefits of shopping farmers markets that might turn market novices into full-fledged devotees. • Freshness: Many people visit farmers markets because the fruits and vegetables sold at such markets seem to taste more fresh than those sold at chain grocery stores. People are not mistaken, as the produce available at farmers markets often comes from local farms, meaning thereÕs no long-distance shipping necessary. Locally sourced foods need not
be frozen en route to the market, meaning foods purchased there tend to taste especially fresh. • In-season foods: Some grocery stores may sell fruits and vegetables even when those foods are out of season. Farmers markets only sell in-season fruits and vegetables. To grow fruits and vegetables out-of-season, farmers may need to rely on chemicals or other unnatural methods. No such means are necessary when farmers stick to growing foods in-season. • Environmental benefits: According to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, food in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to consumers’ plates. Such journeys burn natural resources, pollute the air and produce sizable amounts of trash that ultimately ends up in landfills and/or the world’s oceans. Because food
sold at farmers markets is locally sourced, considerably fewer natural resources are necessary to transport the food from farm to table, and the relatively short distances the food travels translates to less air pollution. • Biodiversity: Many farmers market shoppers find unique foods not readily available at their local grocery stores. This is not only a great way to discover new and delicious foods, but also a way to promote biodiversity. • Hormone-free animal products: Farmers markets do not exclusively sell fruits and vegetables. Many farmers markets also are great places to find meats, cheeses and eggs. Animal products sold at farmers markets are typically antibiotic- and hormone-free, which is both more humane to the animals and healthier than animal products produced with hormones or antibiotics.
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The Various Benefits Of Farm-To-Table Few things are more satisfying than biting into a fresh tomato right from the garden or seasoning a meal with herbs picked from a windowsill greenhouse. Restaurants recognize the value of such experiences, and more and more are relying on locally sourced products in their kitchens. The farm-to-table movement is not new, but it has gained momentum as consumers become increasingly enamored with the flavor and environmental impact of locally sourced foods. The National Restaurant Association found that farm-to-table food was one of its top 10 trends for 2015. Furthermore, the group says that one in five consumers are willing to pay more for local food, and 41 percent admit that locally sourced ingredients influence their decisions when choosing where to dine. Newcomers to the farm-to-table dining experience may not understand all the fuss surrounding this popular trend. The following are some of the key benefits of farm-to-table. • Peak freshness and ripeness: Local produce ripens on the plant and can be harvested at the last possible minute before it
turns up on a plate. This helps ensure that it contains the highest amount of nutrients and flavor, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Food that has to travel further is often picked well before it is ready, ripening on the way to stores or other vendors. • Better for the environment: Food that needn’t travel far before reaching diners’ plates saves roughly 500 gallons of diesel fuel to haul produce a distance of 1,500 miles. This conserves fossil fuels and prevents harmful emissions from entering the atmosphere. • Supports neighboring farms: Supporting farm-to-table restaurants and other eateries keeps business local in two different ways. It not only benefits local restaurants, but it also directly supports neighboring farms, fisheries and other suppliers. • Accessibility to seasonal choices: Farm-to-table eating provides a wide variety of in-season foods. This can translate into tastier foods because they are grown and harvested during their optimal growing season. • Reduces factory farming: Accord-
Farm-to-table is a popular movement that people are embracing for various reasons. ing to O.info, the informational resource powered by Overstock.com, farm-to-table and local farming can reduce reliance on large, profit-driven corporations that may focus on maximum production over animal health and welfare. Local farms may be more inclined to treat their animals well and institute sustainable practices.
• Learn about the community: A person might live in an area and never know that a local vineyard is in the vicinity or that a producer of straight-from-the-hive honey is nearby. Exploring farm-to-table resources can open people’s eyes to local businesses doing great work in and around their communities.
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Protecting Private Drinking Water Sources Many people do not give much thought to their drinking water or where it comes from, only paying mind if the color, taste or pressure is unusual or if warnings are issued in the event of a water main break or flood. Water for homes and businesses is often sourced from municipal water sources, but private wells also provide water. According to the U.S. Census Housing Survey 2015, 13 million households in the United States rely on private wells to supply their water. Many of these homes are located in hard-to-reach or rural areas where municipal water pipes do not travel. Public water supplies are typically overseen by a governing body, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency. However, these organizations may not regulate private wells, nor will they provide recommended criteria or standards for individual wells. As a result, it is up to individuals to make sure their well water is safe for consumption. Private well owners may be surprised to learn that, according to the U.S. Geologi-
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People who live in homes serviced by private wells must test the quality of their water. in New Jersey suggest testing for lead, arsenic, radon, uranium, and other heavy metals every three to five years. The National Groundwater Association says county health departments can conduct water tests for bacteria and nitrates. Those who want to test for other substances can get a list of state-certified
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