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Press Release Provided by the California Farm Bureau Federation Crediting a unified effort by California farmers, ranchers and their organizations, California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson thanked voters for rejecting the split-roll tax measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. The initiative, Proposition 15, would have allowed reassessment and higher property taxes on a variety of business properties, including agricultural structures...
irrigation outlet tower
By Audrey Hill, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice As water stress and scarcity here in California rises, finding financially sustainable ways to irrigate our fields and maintain our livestock is always up for debate. Luckily, as we become more technologically advanced and work to make more efficient uses of what we do have available, unexpected water sources can be found...
All States Ag Parts salvage yard in McFarland, California
By Sabrina Ziegler, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice While businesses have had to either adapt or face the threat of closing their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, those who have found success are living examples of the Chinese proverb, “in every crisis lies the seed of opportunity.” In the case of All States Ag Parts, not only can this truth be applied...
Friant-Kern Canal
By John Moore, President, Kern County Farm Bureau Hopefully by the time this article is printed in the next edition of the Valley Ag Voice we have line of sight on the next President of the United States, but as litigation proceeds any sort of quick decision is unlikely. Whatever the case may be, agricultures challenges persist. California agriculture is...
Kern County Farm Bureau Farm Day in the City event
By Colleen Taber, Administrator, Kern County Farm Bureau The Kern County Farm Bureau kicked off 2020 with our annual Spray Safe event, educating over 600 agriculturists! Shortly after that, President Trump arrived in Bakersfield, and the ag community was strongly represented. In March, we brought over 2000 Kern County youth to the fairgrounds to learn about where their food comes...
farmer sitting with chickens
By Lindsey MebanePresident,Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers As I sit here writing my final article as the Kern Young Farmers and Ranchers President, I can’t help but be thankful. I am overwhelmingly thankful for being in this industry. Being a fifth-generation cattle rancher, agriculture is in my blood, and I couldn’t imagine life any other way. If COVID-19 taught...
Peacock Dairy advertisement
By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum I was nosing around in the museum’s archives the other day and found a funny but enlightening article by J.M. Hunter on the Kern dairy industry. It originally appeared in the Bakersfield Californian but reprinted in the Pacific Rural Press June 11, 1898. Hunter was a purported...
Jim Costa, U.S. Representative for California’s 16th district
Press Release Provided by California Farm Bureau Federation  A coalition of California farm organizations and water districts has formally asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to appoint Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, as the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee. In a letter sent to Pelosi today, the 70 organizations said Costa “possesses the experience and leadership adeptness” to serve effectively as...
herd of cattle
Press Release Provided by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) supports a Beef Checkoff program that is accountable to the people it intends to serve. We support the producer’s right to vote in a national referendum, as stated in our policy book. The petition currently before us offers the option of an up or down vote on...
cotton harvester
By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert About halfway through their harvest, California cotton farmers say the market may be stabilizing amid trade challenges, water shortages and market conditions unsettled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kern County farmer Jake Cauzza, who is growing about 500 acres of mostly pima cotton...
 

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