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It’s Harvest Time: Everybody Loves Pumpkins! Betty Harris, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, Sutter-Yuba Counties othing signals the start of fall like pumpkins. They are in the grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and the pumpkin patch. We see them decorating homes around the neighborhood or as part of a center piece on the holiday table. And while once relegated to the dessert table you will find pumpkin in lattes, raviolis, and cheesecake. Last year, the USDA reported over $100 million in pumpkin production across the U.S., even though the market is regarded as limited and seasonal. Most pumpkins grown for canning are raised in the Midwest. According to the USDA, based on the average price per pound and average yield per acre, the estimated “average” gross was $1,928 per acre in 2018. In California, most pumpkins are grown for the local Halloween market. San Joaquin County accounts for more than 75% of California’s total pumpkin production. California’s pumpkin crop was valued at nearly $23 million in 2018; Sutter County’s share came in just over $1 million. Shoppers are no longer looking for just those bright orange orbs of the past! Consumers are looking for a variety of shapes and colors ranging from ghostly white to mottled blues and greens, along with warty and misshapen ones to decorate their porches and tables. They also want sweet, firm and dry fleshy pumpkins for cooking, whether in savory soups or sweet desserts.

“Pumpkin Production in California”, UCCE Farm Advisors state the most frequently planted jack-o-lantern type in the past was Howden, but currently there are many more varieties with improved yield, size and color. These types typically weigh around 10 to 20 pounds. Several mini pumpkin varieties weighing in from 1 to 10 pounds are also popular. Many of the largest pumpkins, including the popular “Mammoth,” are Cucurbita maxima and are more closely related to the Hubbard squash. They typically weigh between 40-60 pounds but can exceed 100 pounds. In 2011, the world record was set for one of these monster pumpkins rolling in at 1,818.5 pounds. Small cooking pumpkins are normally Cucurbita moschata. Popular varieties include New England Pie, Triple Treat, and Trick-or-Treat. Heirloom varieties known for their sweet flavor include the red “Rouge Vif D’Etampes” and the multicolored “Musquee de Provence”. Flavorful and nearly stringless, Jarrahdale is an Australian heirloom that is delicious to eat and ranges in color from dusty gray to greenish-blue. Very popular are the agritourism and recreational aspects to cultivating pumpkins. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, farm stands, outdoor photo sites, pumpkin and harvest festivals, as well as “punkin chunkin” (the sport of hurling a pumpkin solely by slingshots or catapults), are just some of the ways to maximize the return on your pumpkin harvest!

Pumpkins are in the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae, which also includes gourds, cucumbers and watermelons. Most pumpkins used for Halloween jack-o-lanterns are the bright orange and uniformly shaped Cucurbita pepo. In UCANR publication 7222,

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Rice Harvest With Mark Chesini, Vice President Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau

ver 500,000 acres of rice is typically grown in California every year. Around 97% of California rice is raised in the Sacramento Valley, and production is normally around 5 billion pounds. Calrose medium grain is the variety that is predominantly grown in the state. California Rice is one of the state’s largest crops and contributes more than $5 billion per year and adds 25,000 jobs to the state’s economy. Rice is typically one of the top crops in both Sutter and Yuba counties. Between September and November, large combines harvest the rice in the field, and it is then transported by truck to a rice dryer. The rice is dried down to an optimal moisture level and is later transported to a rice mill, where it is processed and packaged for domestic use or export.

Rice is much more water efficient than many realize. Most of the rice in California is grown in heavy clay soils, that act as a bath tub to hold water. Improved varieties have shorter growing seasons and better production than ever before. Fields are precision leveled through GPS technology, which allows them to be more water efficient. Rice fields have only a five-inch water depth during the growing season. Area rice fields provide food and a resting place for nearly 230 wildlife species, and provide food for 7-10 million ducks and geese that migrate along the Pacific Flyway each winter.

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Prune Harvest y mid-August, the orchards are ready for harvest. California Prunes are tree-ripened; farmers determine harvest time by checking fruit firmness and sugar content. To deliver consistent top-quality fruit, harvesting today is largely done by machines. A mechanical shaker grabs a tree’s trunk and in a matter of seconds, shakes the fruit onto a catching frame underneath. From there, it’s a quick conveyor ride to bins. The bins are then loaded onto a truck and taken to their next location to process the fruit. A prune can refer to any variety of plum cultivars, but it is easiest to say that a prune is a dried plum. Although some prune varieties are still sold fresh as sugar plums. In the 90’s, sugar plums were a very hot commodity and were grown here and shipped all over the world. A few growers still market them

as such, but the majority are taken to a dryer and then sold as a dried fruit. In our area, and throughout California, there are several different prune buyers and marketers. The largest is Sunsweet and it can be found right in Yuba City. One of the last remaining processing facilities in city limits, Sunsweet remains one of the largest employers for our area. Sunsweet is a cooperative that celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017. A prune is not just your grandma’s fruit and is enjoyed today in many forms. Whole, pitted, chocolate covered and juiced are just a few ways to have these tasty natural treats. They are available at your local grocery store, the Sunsweet Growers store in Yuba City and also in our Bounty of the County baskets.


Peach Harvest of all US Cling Peaches are grown in California. Most of these peaches are sold to a cannery for processing. Yuba and Sutter Counties make up for approximately 60% of the CA cling peach acreage with close to 9,000 acres. Over 140,000 tons of peaches are grown in this area each year. 75% or more of this fruit is hand picked between late June and early September and the remainder is mechanically harvested. Once the peaches are picked and put in a bin, they are transported to a peach receiving station. At one time there were over 100 peach receiving stations in the state but with consolidations there now are less than 20. Yuba and Sutter counties are still home to 5 peach receiving stations. One of the largest stations is right here in Sutter County and has been for the last 50 years, Lomo Receiving, Inc.



Once a peach bin arrives at Lomo it is weighed, sampled, graded, and sent either to a processing plant in Oroville, Lodi, or Modesto or put in Lomo Cold Storage to be sent for processing at a later date. A full peach bin weighs approximately 1,000 lbs. On peak days, Lomo can receive over 5,000 bins. For every 20,000 lbs., a sample is taken and inspected for defects. The grower is paid based on the percentage of off-grade. At the processing plant, the peaches can be diced, sliced, halved to be put in a can, jar, fruit cup, or be used as an ingredient in fruit cocktail. You can find some of these yummy peaches in our Bounty of the County baskets, at your local grocery store and also at the CA Cling Peach Association office in Yuba City.

Almond Harvest With Christine Ivory, President Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau he 2020 California almond crop is predicted to be 3 billion pounds. There are more than 1 million acres of almonds planted in our state, accounting for approximately 80% of the world’s almond production. 30% of that production is consumed in the US while the remaining 70% is shipped all over the world.  Almonds come in many forms, inshell, shelled, flavored, as flour, oil, crackers, and as a beverage. In July, the hulls split open, exposing the shell.  This allows for the hull and the kernel inside to dry. Right before harvest, the hulls turn yellow and hopefully open completely. There are over 30 varieties of almonds and each variety with an exception of a few is harvested separately. From August to early October, growers mechanically harvest the crop with shakers. Each tree is shook for approximately 15-30 seconds and the nuts fall to the ground.  For 7–10 days, but in the case of this year 15 days, they dry naturally in the sun before being swept into rows. The rows are

picked up by a harvester that vacuums the nuts up into a cart. They are moved from the cart to hoppers to be transported to a huller/ sheller. At the huller/sheller, the kernels pass through a roller or a system to remove the hull, shell and any debris such as sticks or rocks.  Almost every piece of an almond is used in some form and the industry is currently working on new ways to use hulls and shells and the nuts themselves. Majority of the shells are used for livestock bedding and the hulls as dairy feed.Locally grown almonds can be found at your local grocery or convenience store.  The Sunsweet Growers Store also carries many locally grown products including almonds.  For those of you that wonder if it is an “Almond pronounced ‘amond’ or ‘all mond’,” they both are correct depending where you are in the state and who you are talking to.  My east coast friends only know them as almonds with the “L”, being unaware that growers here shake the “L” out of them.


Harvest - Aerial Applicators With AJ Anderson, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau member

rop dusters, or aerial applicators as they’re professionally known, is sort of an oxymoron. Ag aviation plays a vital role in North State ag production, where nearly all California rice seed is planted by air into prepared and flooded rice paddies, along with application of dry herbicides in rice, and insecticides and fungicides in a variety of crops including rice, tree crops, beans, and melons to name a few. But once harvest rolls around, the need for aerial application grows thin on the vine since most of our work is focused on planting, fertilizing, and controlling weeds, diseases, and insects during the growing timeframe for most crops. There are still a few things that can be done by air to assist in a uniform and timely harvest though.

to aid in a “one-shake” harvest, versus having to harvest the same orchard twice to get all the nuts to the ground. Aerial application of a defoliant may also be beneficial to a grower to help dry down field crops, especially deep-rooted plants such as sorghum and sunflower which can keep sucking up moisture in high water table areas. Defoliants aid in desiccating, or drying out, the leaves of the plants, both crop and weeds, to achieve a uniformly dry plants throughout a field without much green plant tissue for the harvester to contend with. Insecticides and miticides are also products that may be applied by air late in the crop cycle to prevent damage as irrigation is reduced to start preparing the crop for harvest.

To help out Mother Nature, some growers utilize ethephon on walnuts, a synthetic version of the plant growth regulator ethylene, which helps to mature the crop evenly and loosen the nut from the tree

There are a few other reasons to utilize aerial application instead of a ground rig for these at or near harvest timings. For field crops, aerial application doesn’t drive over and damage a crop such as melons

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or beans as a tractor would. For ethrel in walnuts, drooping branches makes ground application difficult along with most of the crop being in the center and upper portion of the canopy, so these nuts are more directly impacted with a treatment from above. Also, as harvest starts to pick up, equipment and manpower can get diverted in other directions to run harvest equipment, which is where an aerial application can come in quickly to “put out a fire” and help ensure a high-quality crop. While nearly everyone else in ag is gearing up or in full swing for harvest, ag aviation outfits are slowing down and starting on maintenance for the next spring and tackling any winter work such as wheat, triticale, and safflower. We’re always available to help growers succeed as their success is our success by treating each field like it’s our own.

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“Green Rush”: Cannabis Boom Squeezing Farmland in North America By Carey L. Biron, Thomson Reuters Foundation hile the coronavirus pandemic has caused the collapse of retail businesses across the globe, there is one thing people have been buying more of during months of lockdown: marijuana. The legal cannabis industry set sales records across the United States and Canada over the past six months, according to cannabis analytics firm New Frontier Data, which partially attributed the market’s growth to the COVID-19 outbreak. That lucrative revenue stream has caught the eye of cash-strapped local and state officials, but the surge in interest in cannabis has farmers and land experts worried about competition for the land needed to grow the plant. In recent years, leasable farmland has been harder to come by “because cannabis farmers could pay so much more,” said Maud Powell, an associate professor in the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University. “It’s like a land grab ... the green rush, they call it,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Top officials in at least three U.S. states have discussed the potential for the legalization of cannabis to create new revenue streams, said Erik Altieri, executive director of advocacy group NORML. Although the drug remains outlawed at the federal level, nearly two-thirds of U.S. states have legalized its use for medical or recreational purposes in recent years, while Canada took similar steps in 2018. Globally the legal cannabis industry was valued at more than $9 billion last year by consultancy Grand View Research, with about 90% of that business in North America. In California, more than two dozen jurisdictions will have cannabis-related initiatives on the ballot when voters go to polls in November, said Jacqueline McGowan, founder of Green Street Consulting, which focuses on the cannabis industry.



McGowan links those initiatives to budget issues brought on by the pandemic, and sees more jurisdictions making similar moves in the near future. “In the next year to two years, you’ll see a lot of ... cities and counties regulate (cannabis) due to the economic insecurities everyone is facing,” she said. ‘THROUGH THE ROOF’ While indoor cannabis production tends to take place in warehouses in semiurban areas, outdoor production is more popular in rural areas with favorable growing conditions, particularly California and the Pacific Northwest, say industry experts. According to a 2018 survey of cannabis growers by University of California researchers, more than three-quarters of respondents said their operations were outdoor or in greenhouses. In Oregon, some farmers say their income has been hit by rising land use competition driven by marijuana and its non-psychotropic relative hemp, which was legalized at the federal level in 2018. Farmland throughout the area has faced new pressure in recent weeks as catastrophic wildfires have torn through the region, threatening this year’s harvests and soil health. At least three people have died in Oregon from the unprecedented fires, which Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday said could result in “the greatest loss of human life and property due to wildfire in our state’s history”. Southern Oregon livestock producer Angela Boudro said in recent years competition from hemp farmers has lost her leases on pasture ground for her lamb and poultry operation and also made it difficult to find replacements. “The competition here is marijuana, hemp and wine,” she said. “You can get drunk, high and pain relief, but don’t plan on eating.” It would take some livestock growers decades to make enough to compete with the new land prices, Boudro explained. “Competition for land, especially last year,

went through the roof,” she said. “We had looked at purchasing a piece of ground, and the price that the hemp growers were willing to pay was phenomenally higher than we could ever pay with livestock.” Erica Stark, executive director of the National Hemp Association, said that she is not aware of such concerns and that her members have not raised the issue. A spokeswoman for the National Cannabis Industry Association said that land use issues have become more common in the cannabis and hemp space. This is “partially because of increased interest in such properties but also because of heavy restrictions in many states and localities on where cannabis cultivation operations may be located,” she said in emailed comments. Agricultural experts express similar concerns in Canada, where the province of British Columbia has emerged as a major cannabis producer. “Here in southwest British Columbia, many of the food-producing greenhouses have been bought by the cannabis sector,” said Kent Mullinix, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Land prices have likely also been affected, he said. Prime farmland in the province was already under pressure from urban and industrial expansion, transportation corridors, and rural residences, Mullinix noted. British Columbia is home to a massive, 4.6 million-hectare (11.4 millionacre) reserve created in the 1970s to safeguard agricultural land. “There’s a conundrum in this: cannabis, like flax or grapes for wine, is considered agriculture,” which means its production is allowed in the reserve, Mullinix explained. The industry’s growth has been so fast, there is no clear estimate on how much land in the province has been converted to cannabis production, he said.

The Canadian Cannabis Association did not respond to a request for comment. CRAFT FARMING Amid the rapid legalization efforts underway across the United States, legislators are grappling with the question of whether cannabis should be covered by the country’s extensive rules and subsidies pertaining to agriculture. “For farmland that hasn’t been as viable, marijuana has turned into a cash crop ... as a way to make up for loss of revenue in other parts of the agricultural industry,” said Patricia E. Salkin, a land use expert at Touro College. That has forced states to study whether marijuana actually fits within their legal definitions of agricultural activity, she said.

“Most view it as a crop, but it raises a question: Do you still get agricultural land tax benefits if you’re growing marijuana versus corn or something else?” The question is also roiling smaller-scale areas that have been legally conserved for agriculture. “Land trusts have been coming out on both sides of the issue, and communities are, as well,” said University of Miami law professor Jessica Owley. “Some towns see revenue, while others say, ‘We used to be known for peaches and now we’re known for pot, and we don’t think that’s good.’” So far, most policymakers have overlooked cannabis’s agricultural roots, focusing on it instead as a manufacturing product, said Ryan Stoa, visiting professor at Southern University Law

Center and author of the book “Craft Weed”. That misses a major opportunity with implications for land use, rural development and more, said Stoa, who proposes a regulatory system that, as with wine, defines a cannabis product by where it is grown - the “appellation” model. The appellation strategy builds on the fact that because federal law prohibits the transport of cannabis across state lines, every state that legalizes the drug has to grow its own, said Stoa. Last year, California started moving toward an appellation model, which Stoa said would be a significant shift. “It’s a way for those micro-agricultural regions to protect their farmers and their products,” he said.

What If It Doesn’t Work? With Kevin Spafford, CFP, Ryan Wealth Management Five years ago, they contacted me intent on bringing their son into the farming operation as an owner. He had a desire, education, and the experience necessary to succeed. And, they had a need. The operation was growing, prices were going up, and the neighbor wanted to sell. “So why not?” said dad enthusiastically. And besides, “Isn’t that why they call it a family farm?” chimed in mom, obviously motivated by the thought of them all working together. After some preliminary work, family meetings, and cursory assessments I advised against it. Their son wasn’t ready. He didn’t respect them and his outsized ego wouldn’t allow him to cooperate with his father, as the boss. Though not all the son’s fault, these well-intended parents were overlooking the obvious and hoping he would come around… Recently they called to confess it isn’t going to happen. After years of trying they finally realized the concerns I shared way back then are real and to dad’s credit, he acknowledged, “Problems don’t just go away.” They wanted to know “Where do we go from here?” The initial steps in planning for succession can be fun and exciting. Though the process is based on generating specific results, the exact outcome cannot be known in the beginning. You can set very specific and measurable goals but, if you don’t have the foundation for a productive relationship, it’s probably not going to work. Despite evidence to the contrary, this family plowed headlong into fulfilling a want, without first analyzing the undercurrents of an already tense situation.

It’s cliché to dismiss a lesson as hard-earned. In this case, it was true; no matter how bad these parents wanted their son to work in the operation, it wasn’t going to happen. Succession planning works. The process will help you achieve your goals and allow the farm to continue. By design, we may have to explore a variety of options. The keys to successful planning outcome are to: •

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Planning is never once and done. For this family, we’ve fortified the operation, created options for the parents to begin stepping away, and we’re now in the process of transitioning ownership to their loyal and long-term employees. Their son is still their son; he’s going back into the corporate world where he belongs. Someday he may inherit the land and collaborate with the tenants as they continue to grow the operation forward. And, due to what his parents started and the nature of succession, he’ll have a renewed appreciation for the farming profession and gratitude for the efforts of those who came before him. Kevin Spafford, CFP®, helps farmers, ranchers, and family business owners plan for succession. He is available at Ryan Wealth Management in Yuba City at 530-671-2100 or Kevin@RyanWealth.com.


Follow This One Rule for Increased Social Media Success By Josh Rolph, Yeah Yeah Agency

ow’s your social media experience these days? Does your ag business have a Facebook account that last posted in February 2018? Are your current posts only getting a couple of likes each—at the very most? Is your LinkedIn page sitting lonesome with an outdated picture of a former employee and two followers that include your neighbor and that guy you think maybe went to your high school, but you’re not exactly sure? In January, I left the California Farm Bureau after 11 very productive and memorable years advocating for you before the federal government. Since then, I’ve ventured into new territory starting a marketing firm dedicated to helping farmers, small business, and organizations to find success in the world of social media, and I’ve come across a little trick to make our online experience less of a chore. This method is now guiding the way I represent clients. I want to share it with you. What I’ve found in my talks with almost everyone is that these days, managing a business’s social media has become a “necessary evil.” The fact that social media is necessary has become an indisputable fact. While it’s certainly possible to run a business without a website or Facebook, more of your clients, suppliers, customers and prospects are seeking you out online. And that will only continue in the future. Truth is, most find maintaining a current website and social media presence tedious, hard to manage, and nearly impossible to 10 CROP TALK | VOLUME 14 NO. 12

gain traction with a fickle online audience. This is the first article in a series I will be writing in these pages to help you look at your social media efforts a little differently. It’s possible to overcome the challenges of a stale social media presence. I will show you how to make your social media experience a positive force in both your personal and business communications. Much ink has been spilled over the last decade with counsel and advice for individuals and businesses on navigating the ever-changing world of social media. The solutions typically offer a mix of art and science.  But really, there’s only one rule that truly matters to guarantee success on social media. And it’s actually more simple to explain than all of the other social media advice. This simple rule isn’t based on the latest social media data or analytics. It’s really more art than science. Before I get to what this one simple rule is, it’s important to highlight a few social media buzzwords talked about in 2020. The big one these days is “empathy.” By empathy, the gurus will say that you should put on the shoes of your audience. Try to understand them. Give them what they want. This is partially true, and my one simple rule fills in the rest of the puzzle.  The other buzzwords that have floated in the social media space for years are “engagement” and “growth.” The sweet spot of social media success is engagement, which is when you post and your audience

reacts. If you post and hear nothing but crickets, it can be disheartening and create a lonely environment that feels more like you’re talking to yourself than being “social.” It will drive anyone away from posting since February 2018. But if you get likes and comments, you have created engaging content that resonates. The step above engagement is growth. When word spreads and your social media influence increases, your audience shares your content with their network, which leads to more followers and a wider reach.  This brings me to the simple rule of social media that when followed, will tackle empathy, engagement and growth all at once. The rule is this: don’t be boring. Don’t be boring online, that is. Offline is a whole different matter! In future articles, I will break this concept down, offer case studies of what I mean, how this “not boring” method can work for you, and ultimately how to make your social media experience more fulfilling. More successful, too.  Until then, think about the areas in your work that you find “boring” but others might find interesting. Drop me a line to share some of your ideas. And here’s to a less boring online experience! About the author: Josh Rolph is founder of the YEAH YEAH Agency, a marketing firm helping businesses compete in an increasingly noisy communications environment. His prior experience includes working at the US Capitol, USDA, and CFBF. You can contact him by cell at (916) 675-2801 or josh@yeahyeah.agency.

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Ag Crimes With Frank Hall, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Director ello October, Fall is here and so is the start to the end of year count down. Yes, three holidays are left before the 2021 year begins. While I was growing up back in the 1970’s in the small community of Hallwood the month of October was a sign that harvest was over and the farmer got to start his or her time of rest. October also meant a time to gather and celebrate the harvest and the time to put the land to sleep until spring. With COVID-19 still here that means no festivals to celebrate the end of harvest, no young folks will be out celebrating the October festivals and fundraising events will be making tough decisions. We will soon be moving into the thankful month of November with the coming of Thanksgiving. Let us all remember what we, as agriculture specialists, are thankful. We are thankful that during these times of fighting a pandemic or a wild fire or whatever is thrown our way we stay positive and grateful to wake up every morning and do what we love. Let me take the time to recap the Land Owner Rights Workshop that took place on August 25, 2020 at the Yuba- Sutter Farm Bureau office. First there was a great turnout of growers and ranches. They were able to share their concerns and struggles with their properties overrun by homeless camps. Several homeless camps have left behind garbage, stolen cars or abandoned vehicles, and human waste in the orchards, fields and lands belonging to agricultural specialists. Attendees included law enforcement representatives and judicial representatives from Yuba and Sutter Counties. There was also representation by a civil attorney and several other organizations. The conversation began with a layout of the problem and possible solutions to take care of this problem on ag lands. The civil lawyer explained that when we allow individual to live in on our private property for extended periods of time, the landowner steps into a landlord role in the eyes of the law. Removing these unwanted guests becomes more difficult



and there are much different procedures that must be followed in order to remove them. These are tough times for everyone and I understand the laws and regulations that are in place but it is extremely frustrating. Frustrating at the amount of money and time wasted because of a lack of respect for private property. I’m frustrated at the multiple hoops our members have to jump through to remove uninvited people from setting up camp on their private property. Property that is used to feed America and the ENTIRE world! But we will get through it. Several positive topics were mentioned at this workshop. Sutter County Resource Conservation District has secured funds to help a grower with a fence and a heavy gate on his peach orchard to keep uninvited individuals out of his property. The District Attorney’s from both Yuba and Sutter Counties are more than willing to prosecute folks for criminal trespassing. Both sheriff departments will be available to assist in making arrests of those who continue to enter lands in hopes of living or steal from growers. We are working on other creative ways to assist our members. Walnut harvest starting and it is very important that we work together to keep the thieves at bay. If you are aware of nuts being stolen it needs to be reported immediately to your local sheriff’s department. Let’s put a stop to these folks taking advantage of farmers. Let’s face it you do the work and they take from your hard work. It’s time to take a stand and shut these thieves down. As I have said many times in my recent articles is the important of reporting a crime. If you are the victim of theft you must REPORT IT and REPORT IT and be sure to tell the deputy or police officer that you are protected by SmartWater CSI (if applicable). Give them as much information as you have on the item taken. Be patient with these officers, they work for you and will do their best to find and return your items. To contact the Sutter County Sheriff dial

(530) 822-7307 and request a deputy to respond and take your report. Be patient for the arrival of the deputy, meanwhile you can also visit their website at www.suttersheriff.org and explore what they have to offer to the public. To contact the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department has a new online reporting program. If the crime is not in progress and you prefer to report it online go to www.sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us and click on the “Online Citizen Reporting” tab and follow the instructions. Once submitted and approved you will receive a case number. If you want a deputy to respond or the crime is in progress you can call (530) 749-7777 and press 5 for the dispatcher. Again be patient for the arrival of the deputy. Make sure you have written down the serial number or VIN number down in a secure location so when the deputy arrives it will be easy for them to take the information. This will help them write a complete report and will make it easier to locate your property. Let’s talk SmartWater CSI. Yes, every month I make my pitch to farm bureau members to purchase your SmartWater kits. After the Land Owner Rights Workshop, I had the opportunity to inform a grower who farms in both counties of the benefits to marking her equipment and tools with SmartWater CSI. She has delt with a tremendous amount of theft in the Simpson lane area. She purchased her SmartWater kit in hopes this is will help in deter thieves in the future. I enjoy aiding my comrades in informing and then aiding them purchase their SmartWater kit that is customized for their operation. An ounce of prevention is well worth the pound of cure. Purchase your kit and apply it to all your equipment and personal property. Call the office for a price list of this wonderful product. The Yuba Sutter Ag crimes committee is looking forward to continuing to work for you and your families to curve the theft rate. If you have any questions or ideas for us to work on please call the office and leave your idea with one of the wonderful staff members.

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President’s Corner With Christine Ivory, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Board of Directors President The bounty of our two counties is so plentiful, we are truly blessed. A few weeks ago, I pulled out of my driveway and within a mile I witnessed peach harvest, prune harvest and almond harvest. It is now walnut and rice harvest and our bounty continues to overflow. We somehow continue to farm no matter what. After these many trying months of an unexplainable year, I thought we could all use a little inspiration. Below is a poem by Helen G. Coon: Thank you to everyone in agriculture and remember that the Farm Bureau is here for you. Please feel free to stop by the office or give us a call 530-673-6550 with any questions or concerns. Hopefully soon we will invite all guests back to our monthly meetings and also be able to host a few socials.

“Just a farmer,” you said and I laughed ‘cause I knew all the things that farmers must be able to do. They must study the land, then watch the sky and figure just when is the right time and why to sow and to plant to buy and to sell to go to the market with cattle and well… You know the books that farmers must keep to pay all those taxes and be able to sleep and you know the fixin’ that farmers must do when machines like mad monsters blow a gasket or two. I guess when God needed folks to care for His earth he chose “just farmers” cause He knew their true worth.

Yuba-Sutter Fair Virtual Auction Breaks Records!

WOW! THANK YOU to all of the buyers, add-on supporters and bidders for an awesome Junior Livestock Auction! The Auction grossed $805,921 on 322 lots for an average of $2,503, setting a new record for the average price per lot sold!


Plus, it recorded a record breaking 350 new buyers and addon supporters! We are SO THANKFUL for everyone’s support of the auction!

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History of Halloween

alloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter. Did you know? One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.

Ancient Origins of Halloween Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort during the long, dark winter.

History of Trick-or-Treating Borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to

celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of these efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century. Halloween Parties By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide Halloween parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague some celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. Thus, a new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

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Regan Denny’s National Delegate Nomination By Faith Boden, Yuba City FFA Chapter Reporter very year delegates and members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) from across the nation, gather in Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention. Due to the recent pandemic of Covid-19, this year’s National FFA Convention will be held virtually. Reagan Denny, a Senior at Yuba City High School, has been nominated as one of California’s 12 national delegates for 2020. Typically, before the convention, the California FFA delegates gather in the city of Galt at the California FFA center. This gathering is to conduct a day long training, which would prepare Reagan and her fellow delegates to vote on all of the matters that are facing the National FFA. Reagan explains that,“ This year the training will be released as a series of videos as information is released from National FFA”. Reagan is a 4th generation FFA member and the daughter of a local Yuba Sutter area farmer. Reagan claims she is super competitive, occasionally to a fault. She loves her pets, family, and making tight bonds with her friends, “Most of them become like family.” Reagan is currently the Superior Region’s vice president, making her the Sierra Buttes Section president, and Yuba City High school FFA chapter’s student advisor. Originally, Reagan wanted nothing to do with the FFA organization and wasn’t even enrolled in an ag class for her first semester of freshman year. The ag advisor Stacy Dutra showed up at Reagan’s house on a regular basis in attempts to recruit her. By her second semester, Reagan finally caved in and enrolled in ag leadership to “get Mrs. Dutra off my back and leave me alone” she states. “And now it’s been 4 years and she’s never left me alone.” Reagan first realized she was committed to FFA when she placed “dead last” at her first creed speaking competition. Reagan had decided that day she was either going to quit the FFA, or move on to conquer it. Conquering is exactly what she did. Reagan chose to apply to be a delegate because she feels that right now is a time that our organization needs change. She stated “ we are realizing a lot of the mistakes that we have made in the past and a lot of potential we have for growth. And, like I mentioned before, being the 4th generation involved in FFA, I want this organization to be at its best for the 5th generation.” Reagan strives to see growth and improvement within the FFA, 16


Reagan believes this experience will be very eye opening for her. She is used to California FFA but is ready to interact with the 49 other states that have so many delegates who offer different ideas and experiences. Reagan hopes to walk away from this experience with other perspectives from people “who didn’t grow up around agriculture or grew up around a different type of agriculture.” Reagan is interested to find out, “how that affected their lives and their decision making and ultimately what that would mean for them as a national delegate.” and feels like she can take part in this effort. Not only does Reagan want to be a driving factor in change, she is hoping to be a voice for California FFA, and what the FFA stands for. Reagan is dedicated to being a voice for “every member, not just the people that we are used to paying attention to”. Reagan explains that the members “don’t necessarily have to be at the top of their chapter to still bring much value to this organization.” Reagan has been working for 4 years to become a national delegate and has always wanted to attend a national convention. But with that excitement has come some disappointment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She says, “So now I’ve spent 4 years working to become a national delegate and got it, that’s super cool, but now the chapter doesn’t get to go to national convention because its virtual.” Reagan explains that the cancelation of the convention is disappointing but it has “come with a lot of unique experiences and I’ve gotten to learn a lot more about how to run virtual events and how to be a better leader.” She feels that this is the perfect way to acknowledge that sometimes things happen that are out of our control but “we move past them, we get better and we make the best of every opportunity.” Looking forward,

Reagan gives some advice to the younger FFA members that are hoping to go far in this organization. She advises them to, “Fail, fail hard. I mean take every chance you can to fail and fall flat on your face and get back up again, because there’s going to be a lot of days where you’re not the best, you are going to wish that you were, your going to look at that kid who is the best and your going to say I wish I was them and you have to work harder and you have to get past it.” Reagan adds that you need to, “be scared and do it anyway.” She knows how scary it is to walk into the competition room and compete in front of the judges. Even more so, Reagan knows how embarrassing it can be to fail, but out of that fear and failure came her determination to succeed. Reagan would not have been able to achieve everything she has without the support and encouragement of her chapter. She states, “Take advantage of every opportunity you get because this jacket and this family will change your life, if you let it.” The Yuba City FFA Chapter would like to Congratulate Reagan Denny on her nomination.

Join Farm Bureau Campaign to Defeat Proposition 15 With California Farm Bureau Federation hat state imposes the highest average property tax burden on farmers and ranchers? Unfortunately, when it comes to taxes and regulations, you will usually be right guessing California every time—and this November, California voters will be asked either to double down on this state’s high-tax reputation by approving Proposition 15 or to join the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau in protecting our farms and ranches by voting no. The measure on the Nov. 3 ballot would weaken Proposition 13, the 1978 taxreform measure that limits property tax increases, by establishing a “split-roll” tax that would reassess commercial and industrial property, including agricultural facilities. Maybe there’s nothing certain but death and taxes, but voters should be aware: Creating a new split-roll tax with Proposition 15 would result in the largest property tax increase in state history—

for 40 years. The last attempt came in 2015, when Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledged a split-roll property tax scheme was overly complex and stated, “I’m not supporting a split roll.” Backers of Proposition 15 have tried to claim it exempts agriculture and may even have a few of our fellow farmers believing that. But make no mistake: Agriculture is not exempt. Granted, the initiative says it exempts agricultural land—but it would raise taxes on what is considered “real property,” such as improvements or fixtures. Even state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in the initiative’s ballot summary, acknowledges that only agricultural lands would be protected from tax increases. So, what property would be reassessed? Improvements and fixtures liable for tax increases would include barns; mature fruit and nut trees; producing vineyards;

as much in an “Agricultural Land Fact Sheet” they distributed last February. Proposition 15 would severely undermine the enormous investments farms and ranches have made to add value to our commodities. In other words, the improvements farmers and ranchers have made in the last 40 years, whether for product marketability or environmental stewardship, would be exposed to a property tax hike under Proposition 15. The worst part of any tax is the core intention to manipulate and/or control human behavior; it is this indirect cost of a tax that can ultimately be the most damaging. Proposition 15 would create a powerful incentive for local governments striving to maximize property tax revenues to rezone agricultural land to commercial and industrial property and deny variances for agricultural use of the land in that rezoned area. The proponents concede, “If vacant land is zoned commercial and industrial, it could be reassessed.” This would increase the already powerful incentives to remove land from agricultural use and intensify land use decisions made solely on tax revenue potential.

and would likely mean the end for more California farms. This $11.5 billion tax increase on California businesses would come at a time when California farms, ranches and agricultural businesses could lose up to $8.6 billion this year alone due to COVID-19.

wineries; irrigation systems; even solar panels. You could also add dairy barns, processing facilities, machinery garages, crush facilities and henhouses—all considered commercial and industrial property under the measure—to the list of property that would be reassessed.

Special-interest groups and unions have been strategizing to roll back Proposition 13 property tax protections

By the way, this isn’t just the opinion of Farm Bureau and other opponents. Backers of Proposition 15 acknowledged

According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, an average California farmer’s or rancher’s annual property tax bill totals $17,299—the most of any state. Proposition 15 and its proposed property tax increases would not only make California agriculture less competitive—it would make our farms and ranches less viable. If you want to help assure a brighter future for California agriculture, join the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau and vote no on Proposition 15. Visit www. cafarmersagainstprop15.com to join the Farm Bureau coalition.

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Sutter-Yuba 4-H County Ambassadors Team

would like to introduce our 4-H County Ambassador Team. The 4-H Ambassadors are selected for a two year term. The current team includes Emma Cucchi, Dakota Dickinson, and Annali Flores AND are pleased to announce the selection of our 2020-2022 team — Jack Munger and Brady Amarel. Each one of these young people have demonstrated leadership and civic responsibility in 4-H and now they wish to expand and challenge themselves to do more. County Ambassadors are the champions of the 4-H program at the County level while developing their leadership skills. 4-H County Ambassadors are role models for their fellow 4-H members, their county, and their community. Being chosen as a County Ambassador is a working honor and in fulfilling it, members are expected to behave with a degree of maturity, composure and excellence. The County Ambassador teams plan their own year of activities to create meaningful learning and service opportunity for themselves and others in their communities.

Upcoming 4-H Events

4-H Spirit Day Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Show your 4-H Spirit by wearing green, a clover or your 4-H shirt. Take a photo and post on social media to share your spirit! Don’t forget to tag the State 4-H Office at @California4H on Facebook and Twitter, and @ca4H on Instagram! Paper Cover at Yuba City Tractor Supply Co. October 7-18, 2020 - support 4-H by purchasing a paper clover at Tractor Supply. Funds raised go toward 4-H camp and leadership opportunities for youth.



Thank You to Members Who Recently Renewed

THANK YOU TO MEMBERS WHO RECENTLY RENEWED Bernie Zaboski Eleanor Church Susan Lund – Martin & Susan Lund Farming Juleah Cordi- Cordi Winery Dalvir Bains William Cunningham Anthony Van Ruiten Edward Arfsten Paul Donoho Garry Laughlin Jeff Magill Barbara White Khan Azam Jim Escheman Arthur Dombrowski Cornelis Kroon Benjamin Dubose Sally Broce Lawrence Cavosos Wes Allen George Doersch Casey Vogt Kalkat Fruit & Nut Verna Hughes Alice Marks – Lemos Ranch Chris Schmidl Morrison Graf Virginia Van Dyke – Pure Rice First Harbhajan Johl Holly Rohrbach - FER Farms Far Horizon Insurance Robert Lavy

Barry Shirley Milan Tica Roger Reynolds Gary Bailey Jim Van Dyke Mendenhall Wool Ranch Trey Shannon Coleen Tassara Gary Smith Sharon Hays – Wheatland Natural Beef Stacey Dutra Francisco Damboriena – McPherrin Damboriena Sheep Co. Barry McMaster James Ratliff – Hardwoods Unlimited Michael Van Dyke Paul Johl Clint Waltz Manseena Orchards Partnership Wilbur Ellis A & R Bertolini Farms Inc Robert Scheiber – Circle S Ranch Mark Evans Sutter Butte Dusters Kathryn Bedeau Family Ltd Ptnrshp Coldwell Banker Commercial - Valley Brokers Hyatt McIntire & Associates Legacy By Design LLC Suncrest Bank

FARM BUREAU is working for you. November elections are around the corner. Farm Bureau works to keep farmers and ranchers in business, by watching hundreds of bills in the state legislature, and Congress, in addition to involvement in local issues. Farm Bureau is always working for you. If you farm for a living, just one bad bill can cost you thousands of dollars annually. What are your biggest farm concerns? Chances are, Farm Bureau is already working on them. Need to renew your membership? Contact us (530) 673-6550 CROP TALK | VOLUME 1 4 NO. 12 19

Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Business Members Directory Support these businesses and let them know you are a Farm Bureau member! Call the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau at 673-6550 for information on becoming a Business Member. AERIAL APPLICATION


Anderson’s Flying Service Robbins, (530) 738-4205

Grow West / Scott Evans (530) 671-3571

Farm Air Flying Service LLC John Messick • (530) 682-7160 Twin Cities Aviation 94 2nd St., Yuba City • (530) 673-4578 Sutter Butte Dusters, Inc. P.O. Box 213, Live Oak (530) 695-2294

Helena Agri Business Colusa Hwy Yuba City • (530) 674-3718 Wilbur Ellis 900 North George Washington Blvd, Yuba City 95993 (530) 673-0921 CONSTRUCTION

Gary Smith Yuba City • (530) 701-6731


Hilbers Inc 770 N. Walton, Yuba City • (530) 673-2947

Agricultural Advisors 3995 E. Butte Rd., Live Oak • (530) 674-1255



Fiveway Farming Bruce Peacock • Sutter (530) 671-9519

Strachan Apiaries, Inc. 2522 Tierra Buena Rd., Yuba City • (530) 674-3881

John Behrend Custom Logging Dobbins, CA • (530) 692-2724



California Canning Peach Association 335 Teegarden Ave.,Yuba City • (530) 673-8526 City of Yuba City 1201 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City • (530) 822-4762 Garden Highway Mutual Water Corporation Yuba City (530) 674-2837 Prune Bargaining Association 355 Teegarden Ave., Yuba City • (530) 674-5636 Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. Tharp Rd, Yuba City (530) 751-8555 AUCTION SERVICE Bid Cal Inc. Chico (530) 345-0840 AUTOMOTIVE & DIESEL Les Schwab Tire Center-Linda 5998 Lindhurst Ave, Linda • (530) 743-7818 BANKING/FINANCIAL Bank of Feather River 855 Harter Pkwy, Yuba City • (530) 790-2551

Beeler Tractor Co. 887 E. Onstott Rd., Yuba City • (530) 673-3555 John L. Sullivan Dodge Harter Pkwy Yuba City (530) 742-6406 N&S Tractor Yuba City (530) 923-7675 Valley Truck & Tractor 1549 Colusa Hwy., Yuba City • (530) 673-8283 FARM LABOR SERVICES PrideStaff Paul S. Basi 78 West Court St., Woodland (530) 661-3405 Sunrise Ag Labor 436 Colusa Ave., Yuba City • (530) 822-7777

FARM MANAGEMENT JS Johal & Sons, Inc. 5020 Garden Hwy, Yuba City • (530) 682-3600 PR Ag Services LLC 688 Scirocco Dr., Yuba City • (530) 682-6900 FARMS, RANCHES & INDIVIDUALS

Crippen and Associates 319 6th St. Suite #7, Marysville, CA 95901 • (530) 742-8201

BGH LP 6394 Larkin Rd., Live Oak, CA 95953

Farm Credit West 900 Tharp Rd., Yuba City • (530) 671-1420

Hunt Farms, Harry Hunt Pierce Rd., Yuba City

Five Star Bank Zinfandel Dr, Rancho Cordova • (916) 306-1205

Just Farms LP Gridley • (530) 846-3958

Moss Adams, K Deep Dhaliwal 2882 Prospect Dr., Rancho Cordova

Lundberg Family Farms Mike Denny • (530) 538-3500 Samara Ranches, LLC Yuba City • (530) 788-3838 Shaeffer Ranch LLC Clovis CA Tamita Farms S Butte Rd Sutter (530) 674-9378 Triple H Ranches Robbins (530) 666-1500

Rabo Agri Finance 855 Harter Pkwy, Yuba City • (855) 887-9276 River Valley Community Bank 1629 Colusa Ave., Yuba City • (530) 821-2460 Suncrest Bank 700 Plumas Street., Yuba City • (530) 674-6207 Tenney & Company, CPA 1528 Starr Drive, Ste A, Yuba City, CA 95993 • (530) 674-4211 Umpqua Bank 777 Colusa Ave Yuba City • (530) 790-2080




Lakeview Petroleum 317 4th St. Marysville, CA 95901 • (530) 742-7614

Nor Cal Pump & Well Service 1325 Barry Rd., Yuba City • (530) 674-5861



Far Horizon Insurance 1130 Bridge St., Yuba City • (530) 674-1340 Fletcher & Associates 300 4th St. Marysville • (530) 741-0441 Huntley Bravos Zall Insurance Brokers 520 Olive St., Marysville, CA 95901 • (530) 743-9264

Oakview Insurance Services, Inc., Mariah Davis Yuba City • (530) 674-5054 Roberson & Sons Insurance Services Inc. Eric Roberson (530) 365-1009

Coldwell Banker Commercial Valley Brokers 1307 Franklin Road, Yuba City • (530) 673-6614 Edwards, Lien & Toso • Kyle Dalrymple kyle@eltappraisers.com • (530) 870-2732 Farm & Ranch Realty P.O. Box 564, Woodland • (530) 908-4689 Stromer Realty Company 591 Colusa Ave., Yuba City • (530) 671-2770 SERVICES - OTHER

Robert M. Galligan & Associates 419 6th St., Marysville • (530) 742-3243

Country Butcher Adam & Katie Knapp • (530) 742-0284

Sanchez Insurance Inc. 440 N. Palora Ave, Yuba City • (530) 673-6277

Joel Giusti Yuba City • (530) 237-6951


Air Med Care Yuba City (530) 491-1776 LEGAL SERVICES Law Office of Paulla Hyatt-McIntire 950 Tharp Rd., Ste. 701, Yuba City • (530) 674-9761 Robin C. Bevier 2479 Sunrise Blvd., Gold River CA (916) 787-0904 NURSERY

Guillaume Grapevine Nursery 21208 State Rte 113 • Knights Landing, CA 95645 530-735-6821 Sierra Gold Nurseries 5320 Garden Hwy., Yuba City • (530) 674-1145

Legacy By Design www.legacy-by-design.com • (530) 671-2100

NEB Transportation & Environmental Construction Pride Employment & Staffing Paul Basi (530) 661-3405

Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust, Lisa Lindman Yuba City • (530) 755-3568 SOLAR & ENERGY ACIP ENERGY, LLC David Vincent Yuba City • (530) 777-2247 Alternative Energy Systems Hwy 99 Chico (530) 402-8095 SUPPLY


Bearing Belt Chain Company 829 5Th St Marysville (530) 743-9256

Catlett Warehouse 2138 Catlett Road, Pleasant Grove • (530) 674-2380

California Industrial Rubber Co., Inc 1690 Sierra Ave.,Yuba City • (530) 485-1487

District 10 Dryers LLC 9000 Mathews Lane, Marysville • (530) 742-3116

Derco Supply Colusa Hwy Yuba City • (530) 673-0481

Miki Orchard, Inc. 803 Boyer Rd., Marysville • (530) 743-4402 Mitchell Dryers, LLC 10139 Garden Hwy, Yuba City • (530) 671-3397

Sacramento Packing Inc. 833 Tudor Rd., Yuba City, CA 95991 • 530-671-4488 Van Dykes Rice Dryer 4036 Pleasant Grove Rd., Pleasant Grove • (916) 655-3171 Shoei Foods 1900 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst • (530) 742-7866

Stephens Ranch Garden Hwy, Yuba City Megan (530) 415-7733 or Jeff (530) 682-5348 Sunsweet Growers 901 Walton Ave, Yuba City • (530) 751-5379

SunWest Foods, Inc. Yuba City • (530) 671-8888 Sun Valley Orchards, Inc. 94 Township Rd., Gridley • (530) 682-9558 Taylor Brothers Farms 182 Wilkie Ave., Yuba City • (530) 671-1505

Grange CoOp & Nursery Supply 1264 Stabler Ln. Yuba City • (530) 777-3551 Hust Brothers Inc. 710 3rd St., Marysville • (530) 743-1561 Sutter Orchard Supply 573 Bridge St., Yuba City • (530) 673-8068 TRUCKING Gee Agri Transport Inc. Yuba City • (530) 674-7443 D H Transportation Inc. Yuba City • (530) 674-5746 UTILITIES

Calpine 5029 S. Township Rd., Yuba City, CA 95993 • 530-821-2072 Chico Electric 36 W Eaton Rd, Chico • (530) 891-1933 Meridian Farms Water Co. 1138 4th St., Meridian • (530) 696-2456 WINERY Cordi Winery 10401 Ingram Ln, Live Oak • (530) 695-1785

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Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau is partnering with Yuba and Sutter County Sheriff Departments to assist and provide our community with SmartWater to help protect our assets from theft. Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau members will be able to purchase SmartWater at a discount! If you are interested in purchasing a SmartWater package, please visit my-site-101481107679.square.site/ Or give us a call at the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Office at (530) 673-6550.

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Crop Talk - October 2020  

Crop Talk - October 2020