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David Burroughs Yuba County

Jon Munger Sutter County


Paul Gilbert Sutter County


Harinder Bains

Tammy Hoppin

Samuel W. Nevis

Mark Chesini

Mat Conant

Christine Ivory

James Marler

Regina Stafford

Manpreet Bains

Cecil Davis

Justin Micheli II

Hans Herkert

Brian Greathouse


Louise Ahart

Sarb Atwal

Rajeev Davit

Kulwant Johl

Andrew Jansen

C F B F R E P R E S E N TAT I O N CFBF District 15 Board Director: Mat Conant

CFBF Finance Committee Representative: Mat Conant


CFBF Northern Region Field Representative: Ned Coe



Mat Conant

Marketing, Crop Protection & Produce Food Safety

Sarb Atwal

Federal Economy & Farm Policy

Kulwant Johl Ag Labor Louise Ahart Animal Health & Welfare Andy Jansen Forestry & Public Lands

Claudia Street Executive Director

Jessica DeCoito Membership Coordinator

Ashli Darrach Administrative Assistant



is published monthly by the YubaSutter Farm Bureau, a non-profit trade organization whose mission is to represent Yuba-Sutter agriculture

through public relations, education and public policy advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources. This magazine and the activities sponsored by the Yuba-

Sutter Farm Bureau are paid for by the annual dues of its membership. Articles published in Crop Talk may be reprinted without permission provided credit is given to the YubaSutter Farm Bureau and a copy of the issue in which the reprint appears is

forwarded to our office listed below. Article suggestions are encouraged, and we also encourage our members to submit their own articles for review. These should be mailed to our office. Use of articles is at the sole discretion of the Crop Talk Editor.



Here are the Challenges... Look at our Successes... Following are some of the recent efforts put forth by Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau over the last month in an effort to document the value of your Farm Bureau membership. Outreach & Education

Responding to Critical Issues

Commitment to Community

• Awarded $5,250 to local FFA Chapters for projects benefitting ag education.

• Worked with Colusa County Farm Bureau to provide announcements of meetings for the proposed CoSu Transmission Line.

• Received recognition as a finalist in the YubaSutter Chamber of Commerce Gala Award Service Category.

• Collaborated with California Farm Bureau to prepare a list of issues and concerns farmers and our communities may have in response to the proposed CoSu Transmission Line.

• Hosted a free Estate Planning and Liability Insurance Seminar with Robin Bevier, Esquire and SSR Insurances for Farm Bureau members and Bevier clients.

• Worked with Sutter County BOS and Congressman Garamendi to advocate for an extension to the public comment period for the proposed CoSu Transmission Line.

• Participated on the Yuba and Sutter county interview panels for the Ag Commissioner positions.

• Submitted letter to Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) requesting an extension to the public comment period for the proposed CoSu Transmission Line.

Butte-Yuba-Sutter Water Quality Coalition

• Awarded $1,000 to Western Farm Workers Association for education program and farmworker family holiday event. • Provided Premier Sponsorship for Spray Safe event. • Held the 6th Annual Spray Safe event for over 250 attendees, providing safe pesticide spraying techniques and education on worker safety to benefit employees and our communities. • Presented jackets to recipients of Blue Jacket Bonanza Program. See article in this issue of Crop Talk. • Planning for Spring Fling 2016, the fundraising venue for the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Fund for Ag Education. See front page and article in Crop Talk. Call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 for tickets/sponsorship opportunities.

• Received 60 day extension from WAPA on the public comment period to April 18, 2016.

• Provided Ag Haz Mat classes in English and Spanish at a reduced cost for Farm Bureau members.

• Providing YSFB Endorsement Policy to interested candidates.

• Announced the release of the 2016 YSFB Fund for Ag Education Scholarship application. See article in this issue of Crop Talk.

• Continue to participate in the Central Valley Flood Protection Board’s Conservation Strategy Advisory Committee to represent the concerns of the agricultural community.

• Reviewing local marijuana ordinances/ initiatives in order to provide input.

• Held the Annual Meeting of the Members in Gridley. • Attended Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition meeting to continue representing the needs of farmers and ranchers in the regulatory climate. • Continue to receive payments and Farm Evaluation Surveys (FES) from BYSWQC members. See BYSWQC update in this issue of Crop Talk. • Hired data entry personnel to enter FES data.

• Attended Congressman Garamendi’s Ag Advisory Committee meeting to represent the ag community.

CORRECTION - Volume 10 Issue 4 Please Note: In the February Issue of Crop Talk on page 11, the article titled “Producer Focus - Farm Credit West” had a misspelling. The correction is as follows: Questions and Answers provided by Erin Coburn, Vice President - Marketing.



Beehive Thefts Add to Pressures at Bloom Time Story reprinted by permission from California Farm Bureau Federation ust as honeybees are being moved into orchards to pollinate the state’s almond crop, thieves are stealing commercial beehives from roadside and bee yard locations, disrupting operations for beekeepers and almond growers whose trees are days away from bloom.

“The hives could be seen along the I-5 freeway. They came in with forklifts and took about 210 hives, valued at $50,000 plus,” Wickerd said. “They can put them on pollination right now for $150 or more a hive, and then there is the value of the hive and the (honey) production losses for the year.”

Kevin Sprague, whose family operates Sprague Apiaries in Yuba City, discovered early last week that 280 of his beehives were missing, as they were about to be moved into nearby almond orchards in Arbuckle. He estimated the loss at $100,000, which includes both pollination income and the overall value of the hives.

Wickerd added that the losses include “all of the work that has been put into them to keep them alive with feeding and medication and pollen to get them in the shape that they are in.”

“The hives (marked with the company name, address and phone number) were stolen from two different locations along Highway 20, just east of Sutter,” said Sprague, a thirdgeneration apiarist. “The hives were visible from the highway and had been there all winter, so they (thieves) certainly had lots of time to plan. They came with two or three trucks and a couple of forklifts. They were organized.” Worried that he might be short of beehives for his almond grower client, Sprague said the company will check with other beekeepers to purchase any extra hives that do not yet have a home in the almonds. He said his concern is that a shortage of bees may be enticing thieves to steal hives. “The bees are scarcer this year and this has driven up price, and then thieves try and make a quick dollar,” Sprague said. “I’ve heard that they’ll steal the hives, put them in the farmer’s orchards and come and get the money. They will abandon the bees in the orchards; they just take the money and run.” The California State Beekeepers Association reported that during the week of Jan. 25, about 240 beehives owned by C.F. Koehnen & Sons of Glenn County were allegedly stolen from two bee yards, both located north of Colusa. The hives, lids, frames and pallets are branded with “42-14.” During the same week, Riverside County beekeeper James Wickerd of Happie Bee Co. reported that 210 of his beehives were stolen in Kern County. The boxes contain Wickerd’s name, address and phone number, and the brand CA0330333H.



Sprague expressed the same concern, noting the investment of money plus thousands of hours devoted to building and caring for the hives: “We work on the hives all year to get

university newsletter on apiculture that “the reports of failing colonies before the winter even started are numerous. This, combined with the much needed rainfall in California, might be driving the price of hive rental up to $200.” Wickerd said he has additional hives available to cover the contract with his almond grower client but added that, like other beekeepers, he will look at high-tech ways to protect his bees in the future. “We’re going to have to electronically protect them. If we have something that is high-tech that is connected to the satellite that can tell where the bees are, if the location of the bees changes, we can go find them,” Wickerd said. “We’re going to go to satellite, where it can be traced from a computer and at a long distance.” Sutter County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dan Buttler agreed beekeepers would benefit from implementing newer technology, such as use of global positioning systems or trail cameras, to protect their valuable bees and trace bees that are stolen.

ready for spring. It will take me the whole year to recuperate what we lost.” Christi Heintz, executive director of Project Apis m., a Paso Robles-based organization that focuses on enhancing honeybee health, said beekeepers have worked very hard ever since the end of last year’s pollination season, splitting colonies, increasing colony numbers and spending millions of dollars on supplemental feed to have sufficient, strong colonies available for the 2016 pollination season. Beekeepers from California and across the U.S. have already moved about 1.8 million honeybee colonies into the state to pollinate the almond crop. Bee colony supplies are usually tight at this time of year, and observers said the added pressures of drought, lack of forage, and impacts from pests and diseases have made the difference in supplies even more pronounced. Elina L. Niño, University of California, Davis, Extension apiculturist, noted in her latest

“You can get lower-end GPS devices that are motion sensitive, and they can put those on the box. It would alert them that these boxes are being moved, so we could pick them off in transit,” Buttler said. “Obviously, locked gates are always a good thing, surveillance is a good thing, and hightech is a good thing.” Other tips for preventing bee theft: • Beekeepers should locate bees out of sight and off of the road, and mark hives, lids and frames with identifying information so that recovered bees can be traced back to the owner. • Almond growers and others paying for pollination services should verify that colonies out in the orchard or field match up with the contract they have with their beekeeper. CSBA offers up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for stealing bees and/ or beekeeping equipment; learn more at castatebeekeepers@hotmail.com. Christine Souza is an assistant editor of Ag Alert. She may be contacted at csouza@cfbf.com.

Butte-Yuba-Sutter Water Quality Update Invoices now past due Invoices for the Butte-Yuba-Sutter Water Quality Coalition (BYSWQC) were due January 31, 2016. If you have not paid, it is now past due. Member fees are annual requirements for all members and must be paid to remain a member of the Coalition and to continue receiving coverage for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. For any questions regarding your invoice or to find out if your membership is paid, please contact the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau office at (530) 673-6550. Farm Evaluation Survey’s now past due The 2015 Farm Evaluation Surveys (FES) were due February 1, 2016 for all BYSWQC members. The FES is an annual requirement and completion is required to remain a member in good standing. If you have misplaced your 2015 FES that came with your invoice, please contact the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau office to obtain another copy. If you need assistance completing the FES, please contact: • Yuba and Sutter Counties - Lexi Everhart at (530) 674-1461 x132 • Butte County - Kayla Zilch at (530) 533-1473 To submit your payment and/or FES, mail payment and/or FES to PO Box 3398, Yuba City, CA 95992; FAX FES to (530) 671-5836, or email FES to bys@ysfarmbureau.com. Keep a copy of your payment and FES for your records! This is helpful for subsequent years.

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Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Upcoming 2016 Event and Training Calendar Take advantage of your Farm Bureau membership benefits by attending these trainings and workshops at low or no cost! Additional trainings and workshops may be added throughout the year. March 25 - Spring Fling Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau’s Fund for Ag Education fundraiser event at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5:30PM. Call YSFB for tickets and sponsorship information. This event will sell out so call now for tickets! March 30 - First Aid/CPR Training provided by MVP Consolidated. Training held at YSFB Board Room. English Session: 8AM to noon. Spanish Session 12:30PM to 4:30PM. $80/person. 2 Year Certification. Contact Imelda Muzio to reserve your spot by calling (530) 848-0998 or email to imuzio@mvpsafety.org. March 31 - Ag Crime Community Meeting Meeting held at YSFB Board Room. Opportunity to talk with local law enforcement to improve communication about ag, rural and community crime. Casual dinner provided. RSVP’s requested. Call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your seat. April 6 - Heat Stress Prevention Training Training provided by California Safety Training. Training held at the YSFB Board Room. English Session: 8:30AM to 10AM. Spanish Session: 10:30AM to noon. $35 for YSFB members. $75 for non-members. Call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your seat. April 12 - Respirator Fit Test Training provided by MVP Consolidated. Training held at the YSFB Board Room. English Session: 8AM to noon. Spanish Session: 1PM to4PM. $35 for YSFB members. $75 for non-members. Requirements: bring mask, medical clearance form and be cleanshaven. Contact Imelda Muzio to reserve your spot by calling (530) 848-0998 or email to imuzio@mvpsafety.org.

April 21 – Enviro-Pro Propane Engine Workshop and Demonstration Informational workshop provided by EnviroPro. Workshop held at YSFB Board Room, 9AM to noon. Free to everyone. Call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your seat. May 26 - QuickBooks Training Training provided by Tenney and Company professionals. Training held at the YSFB Board Room from 9AM to noon. Free to YSFB members & Tenney & Co Clients. $75 for others. Only 30 seats available. Call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your seat. June 15 - Forklift Certification Training provided by FELS Labor Management Consultant. Training held at Henson’s Huller, 2665 Colusa Hwy (Frontage Rd.) in Yuba City. 2-Year Certification Renewal - Spanish Session: 7AM to 9AM. English Session: 9AM to 11AM. Beginning Certification - Spanish Session: 1PM to 3PM. English Session: 3PM to 5PM. $35 for YSFB members. $75 for non-members. Call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your seat. July 6 - CHP Ag Truck Inspection at Sikh Temple, Yuba City Free CHP inspections held at Sikh Temple 2468, Tierra Buena Road in Yuba City from 6AM to 10AM. Recommended to call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your timeslot. July 7 - CHP Ag Truck Inspection at DTen Facility, Marysville Free CHP inspections held at DTen Facility, 9274 State HWY 70, Marysville from 6AM to 10AM. Recommended to call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your timeslot.

October 18 - Train the Trainer (Spanish) Training provided by MVP Consolidated. Training held at the YSFB Board Room. Spanish Session: 8AM to 5PM. $125 for YSFB members. $150 for non-members. Contact Imelda Muzio to reserve your spot by calling (530) 848-0998 or email to imuzio@mvpsafety.org. October 19 - Train the Trainer (English) at YSFB Room with MVP Consolidated Training provided by MVP Consolidated. Training held at the YSFB Board Room. English Session: 8AM to 5PM. $125 for YSFB members. $150 for non-members. Contact Imelda Muzio to reserve your spot by calling (530) 848-0998 or email to imuzio@mvpsafety.org. October 25 - First Aid/CPR Training provided by MVP Consolidated. Training held at YSFB Board Room. English Session: 8AM to noon. Spanish Session: 12:30PM to 4:30PM. $80/person for 2-Year Certification. Contact Imelda Muzio to reserve your spot by calling (530) 848-0998 or email to imuzio@mvpsafety.org. November 10 - Annual Heat Illness Training for Supervisors Training provided by MVP Consolidated. Training held at YSFB Board Room. English Session: 8AM to 10:30AM. Spanish Session: 10AM-11:30AM. $25 for YSFB members. $50 for non-members. Contact Imelda Muzio to reserve your spot by calling (530) 848-0998 or email to imuzio@mvpsafety.org.

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2015-2016 FFA Blue Jacket Bonanza Your Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Fund for Ag Education Donations at Work or those of you that were involved in FFA, think back to FFA Mission Statement the moment you first wore your very own FFA Jacket. FFA makes a positive different in the lives of students by Unfolding the bright blue corduroy, running your fingers developing their potential for premier leadership, personal across your own name stitched in gold, looking at the back growth and career success through agriculture education. of the jacket and seeing the large FFA emblem with your chapters name below. Do you remember the excitement and pride you felt wearing it to your first 2015-2016 FFA Blue Jacket speaking contest, interview, field Bonanza Recipients: day, conference, or fair? The emblem Susana Chavez, Lindhurst FFA has changed over the years, but the tradition of the blue corduroy Sandra Newsom, Lindhurst FFA remains the same. Catherine Kukulka, Lindhurst FFA On February 11, 2016, the YubaKatie Piatt, Wheatland FFA Sutter Farm Bureau (YSFB) Fund for Ag Education (FAE) presented six Shaniqua Givens, Yuba City FFA local FFA members with their own Lidia Segoviano, Yuba City FFA FFA Blue Jacket through the Blue Jacket Bonanza Program (Program). The Program is sanctioned by the Cecil Davis, Ag Education Committee Chair awards Sandra Newsom from National FFA and offered by local Farm Bureaus to help Lindhurst FFA with her jacket and students earn their own FFA Jacket. During the presentation, certificate. recipients had the opportunity to talk with FAE Committee members and YSFB directors about their education and career goals. Requirements for the Program include a completed application, a letter of recommendation and an interview with the FAE Committee. Each recipient had to have a minimum of 10 hours of community service, have adequate knowledge of FFA, and demonstrate a passion for FFA. This Program is offered every year to freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Applications are available annually.

Which emblem is on your jacket?

FFA History In 1929, national blue and corn gold became the official colors of FFA. A year later, delegates adopted the official FFA Creed and by 1933 the familiar Official Dress of blue corduroy jackets was adopted after convention delegates were enthralled by the jackets worn to Kansas City by members of the Fredericktown, Ohio, FFA chapter.



The recipients proudly represent their FFA Chapters.

2015-2016 recipients from left to right: Katie Piatt, Shaniqua Givens, Lidia Segoviano, Susana Chavez, and Sandra Newsom. Not pictured Catherine Kukulka.

Leadership Farm Bureau Class of 2016 Provided by CFBF California Farm Bureau’s Leadership Farm Bureau program has selected its Class of 2016. Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau is proud to announce that Jessica DeCoito, Membership Coordinator, has been chosen to participate in this year long program. The entire Class of 2016 is as follows: Daniel Bays – Stanislaus County Janet Burback – Santa Clara County Caitie Campodonico – Stanislaus County Shaun Crook – Tuolumne County Jessica DeCoito – Yuba-Sutter County Mindy DeRohan – Sacramento County Dusty Ference – Kings County Charlie Hamilton – Solano County Lisa Humphreys – Glenn County Matt Watkins – Tulare County Johnnie White – Napa County Leadership Farm Bureau is a leadership development program sponsored by the California Farm Bureau Federation and

is the one program in Farm Bureau that is specifically designed to invest in Farm Bureau leaders. This unique program offers invaluable training and personal development to those interested in expanding their leadership role in the agricultural industry and Farm Bureau. We are thankful for the commitment of these class members, along with their families and county supporters as they embark on this program. Classroom sessions will include lessons in leadership style assessments, team building, advocacy training, Farm Bureau policy development, communications, facilitation and media training. Field sessions will include tours in both Northern and Southern California with an emphasis on issues including water storage and delivery, immigration and Farm Bureau membership. Please contact Lindsey Liebig, CFBF, for more information regarding the Class of 2016 or Leadership Farm Bureau program at lliebig@cfbf.com, (916) 561-5593. Follow class sessions on social media throughout the year!

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Get your tickets now for Spring Fling 2016 his popular fundraiser will sell out, so get your tickets now for Spring Fling 2016, which will be held March 25, 2016 at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds. The fundraising efforts of this evening filled with great food, entertainment, dancing, and live and silent auctions are to benefit the YubaSutter Farm Bureau’s Fund for Agriculture Education, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Throughout the year, the Fund for Agriculture Education awards scholarships to local high school students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, provides funds to local FFA chapters, and donates to other

organizations or events that align with the philosophy of the organization. Silver Sage is catering the event, with dinner selection options of salmon or steak and live music will be provided this year by Cover Me Badd. Sponsorship opportunities are available and are a great way to provide recognition for your business or organization. Individual tickets are $60 each. Sponsorship details and tickets are available by calling Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau at (530) 673-6550 or by visiting www.ysfarmbureau.com.

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Dear parents and all of those caring for children, I have the pleasure of serving as chief marketing officer of Nationwide, but I view my most important role as being a good father to two bright and active boys. Like most parents, raising healthy and well-adjusted children is my number one priority. While I take great joy in watching my sons grow, each new stage of childhood brings new risks and worries for their safety – be it on the playing fields, at school, or even in our home. According to our recent survey of more than 1,000 parents with children under 13 years of age, 93 percent think that, compared to other locations, their home is the safest place for their child(1). It’s not every day that we think about the potential safety risks in our own homes as the most serious. Unfortunately, accidental injuries, such as poisoning, drowning and home fires, are the leading cause of death among children(2). I also now know that nearly 50 percent of these accidents actually happen at home(3). Because of this, Nationwide continues our mission to raise awareness and to help parents take action to keep their children safe. Last February, Nationwide launched Make Safe Happen, a program dedicated to driving awareness and action around accidental childhood injuries. At that time, we started a conversation on this important, but also very difficult, issue. Since then, I’m proud to share that we have made significant progress to empower parents and families in the U.S. to improve home safety behaviors. We convened a Make Safe Happen Advisory Council – an



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Upcoming Meetings Your Farm Bureau Membership dollars at work For the month of March, please put the following meetings on your calendar and consider attending. CPR Training provided by MVP Consolidated. Training held at YSFB Board Room. English Session: 8AM to noon. Spanish Session 12:30PM to 4:30PM. $80/person. 2 Year Certification. Contact Imelda Muzio to reserve your spot by calling (530) 848-0998 or email to imuzio@mvpsafety.org.

Ag Crime Community Meeting The Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Ag Crime Committee is providing this free, open forum, townhall style meeting to be held at the YSFB Board Room. This is an opportunity to talk with local law enforcement to improve communication about ag, rural and community crime. Casual dinner provided. RSVP’s requested. Call YSFB at (530) 673-6550 to reserve your seat. For a current and more comprehensive list of upcoming meetings and trainings that are scheduled throughout the year, see the additional article included in this issue of Crop Talk. That list does not include trainings that have already occurred for the year, nor does it include classes and workshops that will be added throughout the year, based on future need.

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Regional CASP Workshops Coming to a Locale Near You Provided by Almond Board of California A three-part series of sustainability1 workshops, part of the California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP), will bring forth tools, techniques and strategies to assist industry members in meeting current needs and taking advantage of future opportunities. Starting mid-March, the first series will focus on Almond Board of California tools to ease irrigation and nitrogenbudgeting compliance pressures. Industry experts will review the following topics: • Using CASP online tools to meet your growing needs - Nitrogen calculator, mapping, irrigation • Water use efficiency in the 22nd century – Irrigation scheduling and infrastructure – Presented by UC farm advisors, specialists and private-sector experts • Available incentive programs -S  outhwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) EQIP and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), among others.

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Membership Matters In an effort to help folks express what their Farm Bureau membership means to them, we will include quotes from some of our members throughout the year. Are you ready if someone asks

you why you have joined Farm Bureau? Perhaps you can relate to some of the reasons stated below. If you want to share your message, give us a call!

AJ Anderson “Membership matters because agriculture needs an advocate. Without having a ‘seat at the table’, we aren’t able to tell our story and work with other special interest groups to achieve long term, sustainable solutions.”

Sam Nevis “What my membership means to me is knowing that I can sleep at night when Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau and California Farm Bureau are fighting the fight of regulatory pressure cast down by state legislation that continues to make it more and more difficult to operate in California for production agriculture and the family farm.”

Brian Greathouse “Farm Bureau works as a unified voice to represent all facets of agriculture. The more members Farm Bureau has, the greater our voice is when we work with all the issues facing agriculture.”

Hans Herkert “My membership matters to me because Farm Bureau is an organization that continues to be instrumental in preserving the ag industry in a heavily regulated landscape.”

Harinder Bains “My Farm Bureau membership matters to me because I want to preserve agriculture for the future generations. Through YSFB’s Fund for Ag Education we are able to achieve this goal.”

Mark Chesini “Your Farm Bureau membership is what continues to allow our organization to fight for the interests of our agriculture industry.”

Louise Ahart “My membership matters to me because Farm Bureau is always up to date on all the political issues agriculture faces and could potentially face.”

Piece-Rate “Fix” effective January 1, 2016 Provided by Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS) Legislation (AB 1513, Williams, D-Carpinteria) setting rules for payment of piece-rate employees’ non-productive work time will take effect on Jan. 1. Are you ready? AB 1513 was precipitated by two California appellate court decisions issued in 2013 that have caused confusion and fostered numerous wage-and-hour lawsuits against California farmers, farm labor contractors, and employers in other industries using piece-rate compensation plans. Those decisions held that in addition to their piece earnings, employees must be paid hourly wages for their non-piece­ producing work time. Since the Bluford and Gonzalez decisions were handed down in 2013, numerous lawsuits have asserted claims for unpaid wages, as well as for damages and penalties that add up to several times the amount of unpaid wages. AB 1513 requires that piece-rate employees be compensated for rest periods taken under an Industrial Welfare Commission wage order, cool-down recovery periods taken under Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention standard, and other nonproductive time separate from any piece-rate compensation. Other nonproductive time means time under the employer’s control, exclusive of rest and recovery periods, that is not directly related to the activity being compensated on a piece-rate basis. A piece-rate employee must be paid for rest and recovery periods at no less than the higher of the applicable minimum wage or the employee’s average hourly rate. That rate is determined by dividing the employee’s total compensation for the workweek, minus compensation for rest and recovery periods and any overtime premium compensation, by the total hours worked in the workweek minus rest and recovery periods. AB 1513 also requires that a piece-rate employee be separately paid for other nonproductive time at a rate of at least the applicable minimum wage. By paying an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage for all hours worked in addition to piece earnings, an employer complies with this requirement - but probably not with the average hourly pay requirement for rest and recovery periods. AB 1513 allows employers to determine other nonproductive time by using either time records or reasonable estimates. An employer who in good faith underestimated and underpaid other nonproductive time is liable for the full amount remaining due, but is not liable for penalties or damages as long as (1) the

employer provided wage-statement information required by AB 1513 and paid the amount due under the employer’s erroneous calculation, and (2) the total paid for any day in the pay period is at least the applicable minimum wage plus any overtime due. Employers may use this means of determining how much they owe in wages for non-productive time in both the past and the future.

Using the 4% Formula Here’s a simple example of the calculation under the second formula discussed above; it’s for 50 weekly pay periods from July 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2015, in which the affected employee had piece earnings:

Paystubs will have to separately state “other nonproductive time” and “rest and recovery periods.” The paystubs must state for each category the total time, rate of compensation, and the gross wages paid for that time during the applicable payroll period. Exception: This information need not be shown for the other nonproductive time of employees who, in addition to their piece-rate compensation, are paid an hourly rate of at least the applicable minimum wage for all hours worked.

Gross Pay: $50,000 Rest and recovery time already paid by a separate hourly wage: $950 Nonproductive time already paid by a separate hourly wage: $570, capped at I% of gross pay: $500

In addition to specifying minimum hourly rates for piece-rate employees’ non-piece­ producing work time, AB 1513 enables an employer to “buy” an affirmative defense against claims for wages, damages and penalties for the employer’s failure to compensate for rest and recovery periods and other nonproductive time for pay periods before and including Dec. 31, 2015. To qualify for the affirmative defense, an employer must pay employees who were uncompensated or undercompensated for their non-piece-producing work time from July 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2015, under one of two formulas.

An employer choosing to buy this safeharbor affirmative defense under either formula must notify the Department of lndustrial Relations of that selection by July 1, 2016. These payments must be completed by Dec. 15, 2016.

Under the first formula, the employer determines and pays the actual amounts due, together with 10 percent annual interest. Under the second formula (4% Formula), the employer pays each employee four percent of the employee’s gross earnings in pay periods in which any piece work was done from July 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2015, minus amounts already paid to the employee, separate from piece-rate compensation, for rest and recovery periods and other nonproductive time during the same time. The credit for wages already paid for other nonproductive time is capped at one percent of the employee’s gross earnings.

$50,000 X 4% = $2,000 $2,000 - $950 - $500 = $550 owed to employee

An employer must use due diligence to locate former employees. An employer that can’t locate former employees owed wages must pay the amounts due them to the Labor Commissioner, along with an administrative fee. The fee is the lesser of 0.5% of the amounts paid or $2,500. DIR is expected to release guidance for complying with AB 1513’s wage-payment requirements, and it is preparing to facilitate employers’ use of AB 1513’s safe harbor. FELS will keep members informed as information becomes available. For more information, please contact FELS at 800-753-9073 or fels@fels.net.




Tenney & Company Certified Public Accountant Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Administrative Assistant, Ashli Darrach, interviewed Jerome Tenney; Owner, Aaron Chatfield, CPA, Ronald Stallins, CPA and Bradley Harrison.

Tell us a little about your company’s history and services you provide?

are knowledgeable of the production side of agriculture. We talk about things like the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, Domestic International Sales Corporations, and Mini Captive Insurance Companies. In addition, these visits to our agriculture clients offices also give us a chance to discuss what is happening to commodity prices and conditions affecting regulations and how that might affect some of the annual short term and long term planning we are engaged in. We also enjoy sitting down in the fourth quarter of the year with our farmers to determine the target for taxable income of each entity and plan for the mitigation of

Tenney and Company CPA’s was formed in 1989. Mr. Tenney and his family moved to the area from Redding in 1978. The accounting firm has always been a local company operating in Our support of local agriculture includes the the region around Yuba annual seminars we give to train members and Sutter counties. Our of the agriculture community and their staff services include all of the in the use and operation of QuickBooks traditional activities of accounting software. In addition we are a firm of certified public involved periodically in fund raisers to aid in accountants. A few of scholarships and other charitable activities the services include: Financial Statements, in the community. We support many Tax Returns of all types, Bookkeeping community events and fundraisers including services, Payroll Services. We also work sponsoring a table at the annual YSFB Spring with Research and Development Credits and Fling Fundraiser for Cross Aggregation. Ag Education. We feel We enjoy being in our that people involved in clients offices to help We love to work with the agriculture industry. agriculture are some of them with QuickBooks Our firm is known for being out in the field the best people on the accounting issues. planet. They care about knowing what is going on with the operation. Some of our agriculture their families and their clients have chosen to employees. They care have their QuickBooks about the environment, files “housed” in our office. This means that income taxes and self-employment taxes. and they work hard to demonstrate and they can log in at anytime from anywhere to preserve values that have made this country work on the accounting file and we can also We understand the importance of agriculture great. We are excited to participate in the log-in to work on the file as we divide the in our area and want to make sure we can agriculture community. accounting work between what our farmers provide sound financial want us to do versus what they want to advice. We make Tell us why your take care of themselves. We provide Level frequent trips to the Yuba-Sutter Farm 5 Services where we can be involved in the farming operation so Bureau Business very basics of accounting all the way to the we can have a better Support Membership is very end. We can help the farmer evaluate all understanding of the important to you? of their products and estimate gross profit individual operation We realize the on each product in an effort to improve the that our clients have. importance of agriculture whole operation. We make it a point to in the Yuba-Sutter understand the farm Describe how your services meet the unique areas. Our Yuba-Sutter operation to be able to needs of our local agriculture community. Farm Bureau Business customize our services Support membership We love to work with the agriculture industry. to better meet the allows us to stay current Our firm is known for being out in the field in needs of our clients. on local issues affecting order to have firsthand knowledge of what Many of our clients seek agriculture through is going on with the operation. We make our advice when making information provided in it a point to be engaged at multiple points financial business Ag Alert and Crop Talk to during the year to talk about issues that decisions and we are better serve our clients. affect agriculture. We enjoy getting out of here to support them We are also able to reach the office and making frequent trips to our every step of the agriculture community as a Business clients’ office and farming operation. Our the way. Support Member by being listed in the clients are involved in all different areas of Share with us other ways Tenney and Business Directory and advertising in agriculture and commodities. Not only do Company supports our local agriculture Crop Talk. we understand the economics and financial community. side of agriculture, but we make sure we 18


Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Fund for Ag Education Scholarship applications due April 15 As part of their on-going commitment to local youth and educational programs in Yuba and Sutter counties, the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau (YSFB) Board of Directors has established an annual Scholarship Program through the YSFB Fund for Ag Education. The goal of the Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to qualified, graduating high school students from the Yuba and Sutter counties. Over the past twenty years, YSFB has awarded more than $132,000 to deserving students from our communities. In order to support farm families and our communities, the YSFB Board of Directors is committed to promoting the availability of these scholarships, as well

as recognizing the outstanding students who win each year. Open to high school seniors from Yuba and Sutter counties, the Scholarship Program awards one-time gifts of $500 or more to a minimum of four students annually. To qualify, the student must be a senior currently enrolled in a public or private high school in either Yuba or Sutter County, must have an average to above-average academic record, and plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited school. All eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to receive applications and all supporting material is 5PM on April 15, 2016.Â

A 2016 YSFB FAE Scholarship Program Guidelines, Policies & Application packet has been mailed to local high school counselors and FFA advisors. Packets are also available at the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau office and online at www. ysfarmbureau.com. The requirements for applying have changed this year compared to prior years, so everyone is encouraged to read the eligibility requirements. Last year’s winners included Raveena Sohal, Jacob Bradley, William Pearce, Mitch Gander and Nicole Helms. If you have any questions regarding our Scholarship Program, please call the YSFB office at (530) 673-6550.

2015 YSFB Fund for Ag Education scholarship winners, left to right: Raveena Sohal, Jacob Bradley, William Pearce, Mitch Gander and Nicole Helms.












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Majeed Khan; Farm Labor Contractor For March’s Producer Focus, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Administrative Assistant, Ashli Darrach, interviewed Majeed Khan, FLC.

Majeed Khan, FLC - Bringing Farmers and Work Force Together Agriculture is primarily seasonal work. There is no way around it. There are busy times and then there are slow times. This can make finding skilled employees difficult for farmers. This is where a farm labor contractor becomes a vital asset to a farmer. Majeed Kahn has been helping farmers for the past 15 years as a farm labor contractor. Majeed worked for an electronics company for ten years before finding his true passion working in agriculture. Majeed provides labor for 10 -12 different growers on an annual basis. He has skilled employees that can help with any labor need. Services include picking, pruning, thinning, etc. Majeed makes sure his employees have the skills needed to provide quality work for the farmers they are working for. The farmer is right there with the crew providing instructions and direction. There are different ways to farm and Majeed and his employees respect those different approaches. If the farmer

I like that I am able to stay up to date on information regarding local and state agriculture through Ag Alert and Crop Talk. has a particular way he would like jobs done, Majeed communicates those expectations with the contracted employees to ensure the job is done to meet the needs of each farmer. Majeed and his crew work primarily with peaches, prunes, walnuts, almonds, tomatoes, beans, and watermelon, but they are always willing to work with any commodity. Best for Both Worlds The farmer benefits from using a farm labor contractor because they don’t have to worry about finding enough workers for a few weeks or a few months at different times throughout the year. Because of the seasonal nature of farm work, the farmer would have to deal with the hiring process over and over. When there is only enough work for a few weeks or a few months, it could be difficult to ensure adequate employees. When employees work for a farm labor contractor, they are able to work an extended period of time and possibly work all year. Majeed looks for employees that have good listening skills, as well as have the ability to learn new techniques, follow instructions and take direction. It is an advantage if they have prior knowledge of working in agriculture, but Majeed also provides on-the-job training. Majeed mentioned that taking an agriculture class in high school where students learn how to prune, thin, or harvest would be an advantage to being employed with Majeed. Farm Bureau Membership When asked about why he is a Farm Bureau member, Majeed answered, “I like that I am able to stay up to date on information regarding local and state agriculture through Ag Alert and Crop Talk. I am able to follow the ups and downs of the crops in our area.” Receiving Ag Alert and Crop Talk are some of the many benefits that Majeed enjoys with his membership.



Recently Adopted Emergency Water Diversion Reporting Requirements Information Provided by CFBF The following information, provided by California Farm Bureau, is to assist Farm Bureau members to better understand the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) recently adopted emergency regulation, implementing measuring and reporting water diversion requirements. These new requirements are a result of Senate Bill 88 (The Drought Budget Trailer Bill) that was passed last year. The SWRCB has not yet sent the regulation to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for approval, but once approved, the regulation will go into effect. A fact sheet prepared by the SWRCB (and available at www.ysfarmbureau.com) will soon be mailed to some 30,000 individuals and entities the Division of Water Rights has in their database.

water diversions to be reported, with a few exceptions. Even before SBx7 8, Section 5101 of the California Water Code required statements of diversion and use, but there were no legal consequences for failure to report. Now, there are.

In addition to the information on the fact sheet it is important to point out that this is a significant change to previous reporting requirements contained in Senate Bill x7-8 (2009) by Senator Darrell Steinberg. SBx7-8 required all surface

The emergency regulation adopted January 19, 2016, requires all surface water right holders and claimants to report their diversions at least annually and

Since 1966, California law has required those who divert surface water or pump groundwater from a known subterranean stream1[1] to file a Statement of Water Diversion and Use, or diverters to file an application to appropriate water with the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights. The 2009 law removed some exemptions and assessed fines on diverters who failed to submit the required reports, for willful misstatements, and/or tampering with monitoring equipment.

those who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year must also measure their diversions. The regulation covers all surface water diversions, including those under pre-1914 and riparian water rights, as well as licenses, permits, registrations for small domestic, small irrigation and livestock stock watering and stockpond certificates. Previously, pre-1914 and riparian right holders were only required to report every three years, and measurement requirements could be avoided if the right holder deemed them not locally cost effective. Individuals are no longer allowed to claim “not locally cost effective.” The regulation provides for phasing in requirements for installing measurement devices and a tiered approach to accuracy and recording frequency standards, all based on the size of the diversion (see the table below). For instance, those with a claimed right to take 1,000 acre feet of water or more per year are required to have a measuring device or measuring

YSFB Fund for Ag Education Scholarship Application AVAILABLE NOW! Open to high school seniors from Yuba and Sutter counties, the Scholarship Program awards one-time gifts of $500 or more to a minimum of four students. Eligibility Requirements: 1. Student must be a senior currently enrolled in a public or private high school in either Yuba or Sutter County. 2.Student must have an average to above average academic record. 3.Student must plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited school.

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Diversion Device Installation and Reporting Amount of Diversion or Storage

Device Installation Deadline

Required Accuracy

Required Monitoring

Qualifications for Installation and Certification

Direct diversion: ≥1000 Acre-Feet/year Storage: ≥1000 Acre-Feet/year

July 1, 2016



Engineer/ Contractor/ Professional

Direct diversion: ≥100 Acre-Feet/year Storage: ≥200 Acre-Feet/year

Jan. 1, 2017



Engineer/ Contractor/ Professional


Individual experienced with measurement and monitoring


Individual experienced with measurement and monitoring

Direct diversion: ≥10 Acre-Feet/year Storage: ≥50 Acre-Feet/year

Storage: >10 Acre-Feet/year

Jan. 1, 2018

Jan. 1, 2018



method capable of recording at least hourly in place by January 1, 2017 (this is a change in date from the previous draft regulation); those with claimed rights to divert 100 acre feet or more must comply by July 1, 2017 and record at least daily (this is also a change in date from the previous draft regulation); and those with claimed rights to divert more than 10 acre feet must comply by January 1, 2018 and record at least weekly. All diverters, regardless of size, are now required to report their monthly diversions on an annual basis. The regulation also allows the State Water Board to require more frequent reporting when available water supplies are determined insufficient to serve all water right holders in a watershed or necessary to protect the environment. Failure to comply with the regulations is a violation subject to civil liability of up to $500 per day under the Water Code. The new emergency regulation is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and will remain in effect until revised. .

[1] Subterranean streams have not been completely identified or mapped in all areas of California. If you have a shallow well in close proximity to a waterway, you may be pulling water from “underflow” and should research your particular situation. The State Water Resources Control Board has a four-part test that it uses to make a subterranean stream determination: 1) a subsurface channel is present; 2) with a relatively impermeably bed and banks; 3) the course of the channel must be able to be known; and 4) groundwater must be flowing in the channel. Whether groundwater is subject to the board’s permitting authority under this test is a factual determination. Water that does not fit this test is “percolating groundwater” and is not subject to the board’s permitting authority.

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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 Twin Cities Aviation 94 2nd St., Yuba City • (530) 673-4578 Sutter Butte Dusters, Inc. P.O. Box 213, Live Oak (530) 695-2294 AGRICULTURAL ADVISING Agricultural Advisors 3995 E. Butte Rd., Live Oak • (530) 674-1255

River Valley Community Bank 1629 Colusa Ave., Yuba City • (530) 821-2460 Sutter Buttes Business Services PO Box 1464, Yuba City, CA 95992 (530) 216-7394 Tenney & Company, CPA 1528 Starr Drive, Ste A, Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 674-4211

Gall Busters LLC Yuba City • (530) 673-4519 • Cell: (530) 301-9398

Umpqua Bank 1221 Bridge St., Yuba City • (530) 790-2136



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

Farm and Trade Inc. 9287 Midway, Durham • (530) 345-4140

ASSOCIATIONS California Canning Peach Association 335 Teegarden Ave.,Yuba City • (530) 673-8526 City of Yuba City 355 Teegarden Ave., 1201 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City (530) 822-4762 Prune Bargaining Association 355 Teegarden Ave., Yuba City • (530) 674-5636 Reclamation District #70 1138 4th St., Meridian • (530) 696-2569 YS Economic Development Corp 1227 Bridge St., Yuba City • (530) 751-8555 AUTOMOTIVE & DIESEL Hust Brothers Inc. 710 3rd St., Marysville • (530) 743-1561 Les Schwab Tire Center-Linda 5998 Lindhurst Ave, Linda • (530) 743-7818

CHEMICAL & FERTILIZER COMPANIES Wilbur Ellis 900 North George Washington Blvd, Yuba City 95993 (530) 673-0921 CONSTRUCTION Slater & Son 3753 Morehead Ave., Chico • (530) 893-3333 CUSTOM FARMING Walnut Harvesting Grey Foster • (530) 822-6144 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 EQUIPMENT Beeler Tractor Co. 887 E. Onstott Rd., Yuba City • (530) 673-3555


Bianchi Orchard Systems, Inc. 1221 Independence Dr., Gridley • (530) 846-5625

Baird Private Wealth Management Dave Schmall • (530) 271-3024

Pape Machinery-Sacramento 2850 El Centro Rd. Sacramento, CA 95833 • (916) 563-1272

Bank of Feather River 855 Harter Pkwy, Yuba City • (530) 790-2551 David C. Behr, CPA 1650 Sierra Ave., Yuba City • (530) 671-9505 Farm Credit West 900 Tharp Rd., Yuba City • (530) 671-1420 Gold Country Bank 519 D. Street, Marysville • (530) 742-3800 Jimerson Financial 855 Harter Pkwy, Ste 310, Yuba City • (530) 713-1265 Matsom & Isom 1190 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City, CA 95993 • 530-354-4864 Moratto Accountancy Corporation 1445 Butte House Road, Suite A • Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 777-3101 Rabobank 1600 Butte House Road, Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 645-5127

SWECO Products Inc. 8949 Colusa Hwy, Sutter • (530) 673 8949 Valley Truck & Tractor 1549 Colusa Hwy., Yuba City • (530) 673-8283 FARM SAFETY MVP Consolidated 201 East Street, Woodland • (530) 665-4422 FARMS, RANCHES & INDIVIDUALS BGH LP 6394 Larkin Rd., Live Oak, CA 95953 LT Farms Tom Shalz • (530) 301-3741 Louis Shalz • (530) 300-1379 RiceTec Inc John Shetley • jshetley@ricetec.com9 • (281) 678-5935

Samara Ranches, LLC Yuba City • (530) 788-3838 FUEL EnviroPro Energy Company, LLC 1700 E. Street • Williams, CA 95987 • 530-784-4427 Ramos Oil Co. 418 13th St., Marysville • (530) 743-4647




CCI Insurance Services Inc. 1110 Civic Center Blvd., Ste. 204-C, Yuba City, CA 95993 (530) 751-0831

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

Fletcher & Associates 300 4th St. Marysville • (530) 741-0441 Huntley Bravos Zall Insurance Brokers 520 Olive St., Marysville, CA 95901 • 530-743-9264 RC Boden Insurance 5842 Lonetree Blvd 2nd FL Rocklin 95765 • (916) 626-3305 Robert M. Galligan & Associates 419 6th St., Marysville • (530) 742-3243 Rose Insurance Agency Inc. 410 Center St., Yuba City • (530) 673-8862 Sanchez Insurance Inc. 440 N. Palora Ave, Yuba City • (530) 673-6277 Sierra Valley Insurance 475 N. Palora Ave., Yuba City • (530) 671-4841 SSR Insurance Services Sandi Ramirez, AFIS (916) 631-1965


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

Intero Real Estate Services 868 Richland Rd., Yuba City • (530) 682-0533 Stromer Realty Company 591 Colusa Ave., Yuba City • (530) 671-2770 Byron Shinkle 1550 Adams Rd., Yuba City • (530) 870-6876 United Country RE-Great West www.UnitedCountryRE.com • (530) 701-6674 SERVICES


PAYCHEX - Payroll • HR • Retirement • Insurance mcudney1@paychex.com • (425) 200-8817

REACH Air Medical Services 1524 East Street, Redding, CA 96001 • 530-510-2915

Placer Communications 3360 Industrial Drive, Yuba City • (530) 751-9131


Sunrise Ag Labor 436 Colusa Ave., Yuba City • (530) 822-7777

Law Office of Anthony Van Ruiten 980 9th St., 16th Floor, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 449-9949 Law Office of Paulla Hyatt-McIntire 950 Tharp Rd., Ste. 701, Yuba City • (530) 674-9761 LIVESTOCK Richards Land and Cattle Company PO Box 145 • Oregon House, CA 95962 (530) 692-1470 MANUFACTURING Nelson Manufacturing 2860 Colusa Hwy, Yuba City • 530-673-0919 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 PROCESSING & DRYING ADM Rice Inc. PO Box 990, Arbuckle, CA 95912 • 530-476-2662 Catlett Warehouse 2138 Catlett Road, Pleasant Grove • (530) 674-2380 Diamond Foods, Inc. P.O. Box 1727, Stockton • (209) 467-6202 District 10 Dryers LLC 9000 Mathews Lane, Marysville • (530) 742-3116 Miki Orchard, Inc. 803 Boyer Rd., Marysville • (530) 743-4402 Mitchell Dryers, LLC 10139 Garden Hwy, Yuba City • (530) 671-3397 Montna Farms Dryer 12755 Garden Hwy., Yuba City • (530) 674-2837

Sacramento Packing Inc. 833 Tudor Rd., Yuba City, CA 95991 • 530-671-4488 Shoei Foods 1900 Feather River Blvd., Olivehurst • (530) 742-7866 Sunsweet Growers 901 Walton Ave, Yuba City • (530) 751-5379 Sun Valley Orchards, Inc. 94 Township Rd., Gridley • (530) 682-9558

SOLAR Alternative Energy Solutions 13620 California 99, Chico • (530) 345-6980 SUPPLY California Industrial Rubber Co., Inc 1690 Sierra Ave.,Yuba City • (530) 485-1487 Sutter Orchard Supply 573 Bridge St., Yuba City • (530) 673-8068 Union Lumber 401 B. St, Marysville • (530) 743-4621 TECHNOLOGY

Sitech West 4221 Northgate Blvd, Ste 7, Sacramento, CA 95834 916-921-0550 TRUCKING Gee Agri Transport Inc. Yuba City • (530) 674-7443 D H Transportation Inc. Yuba City • (530) 674-5746

NEB Transportation & Construction 2505 Rice Ave., West Sacramento, CA 95691 • 916-372-2342 UTILITIES

Calpine 5029 S. Township Rd., Yuba City, CA 95993 • 530-821-2072 Garden Hwy Mutual Water Corp. 12755 Garden Hwy, Yuba City • (530) 674-2837 Meridian Farms Water Co. 1138 4th St., Meridian • (530) 696-2456 PG&E 29 4th St., Marysville • (530) 634-6430 WINERY Cordi Winery 10401 Ingram Ln, Live Oak • (530) 695-1785 Lucero Vineyards & Winery P.O. Box 244, Dobbins • (530) 692-1141

Munger Family Vineyard LLC 2144 Irwin Avenue, Sutter, CA 95982 • 530-755-1369

Taylor Brothers Farms 182 Wilkie Ave., Yuba City • (530) 671-1505 Van Dykes Rice Dryer 4036 Pleasant Grove Rd., Pleasant Grove • (916) 655-3171



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