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By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics The Water Association of Kern County held their Water Summit May 19th after a two year hiatus due to Covid. The Summit featured more than a dozen speakers covering a wide range of water-related topics. Most indicative of the Summit perhaps was the response to a question from CSUB Economics Professor and panel...
Louis Gill
By Melissa A. Nagel, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Kern County’s District 3 Supervisor race is heating up and with elections right around the corner in June, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top! Kern has three candidates running for the District 3 Supervisor position that is being vacated by Supervisor Mike Maggard who has been in office...
old tractor
By Audrey Hill, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Every year in April, Tulare’s International Agri-Center hosts the California Antique Equipment Show, featuring antique motors and farm equipment of all shapes and sizes. Held on April 23rd and 24th, this was the show’s second year back since the COVID shutdown in 2020. The Antique Show was paired with the Agri-Center’s Big Tulare...
dry farmland california drought
By Patty Poire, President, Kern County Farm Bureau WOW, here we are in June where half of the year has come and gone and May did not change or improve any of the California agricultural impacts from fertilizer, labor, regulatory, or water issues. If anything, those impacts just became more complicated. The toughness and resolve of the California farmer are...
Beer bottles
By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau Can you believe we are already in June? It appears as though we are sprinting towards the end of 2022 as we reach the mid-way point of the year, and your local Farm Bureau continues its work with advocacy, education, and promotion of local area agriculture. For example, next month the...
YF&R members with Steve Murray at Murray Family Farms
By Timothy Collins, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Timothy Collins Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers The pleasant spring weather gave the Kern County Young Farmers and Ranchers the great opportunity to have tours of two small family-owned farms at our last two meetings. In April, we toured Maggenti Show Goats out at Poncetta Farms, and then less than...
Mark Parsons and Dan Hay
Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Basque immigrants from the Pyrenees mountains of France and Spain were first drawn to California by the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century. They found out though, that providing the miners with lamb and wool was more profitable than digging for gold. Moving into the 20th century, the...
Vard Terry
By Brian Milne, Vice President, Director of Marketing & Communications, The Holloway Group The agriculture industry has done some remarkable things over the years. Despite the agricultural evolution and ability to produce more food today than it ever has in our history, outsiders sometimes mislabel the ag industry as outdated and technophobic when it comes to its farming practices. But if you’ve...
Kevin Collins
By Dennis Pollock, Reporter Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation If you open your car window just a tad as you drive through Gilroy, you’re almost certain to detect a distinctive smell: garlic. It’s a smell that Kevin Collins, a manager at Borba Farms in Fresno County, loves. He’s a grower of garlic, after all. “A dairyman likes the smell of...
cotton
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Considering the red-hot price of cotton these days, California farmers say they would love to plant more of the field crop—if only they have the water. State cotton growers have increased plantings by a modest 10% more than last year, according to preliminary estimates by the California...
cargo ships
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation As ongoing port congestion and persistent shipping obstacles continue to block movement of California agricultural goods, farmers and exporters face bulging warehouses and dwindling cash flow that threaten to sink some businesses. Tree nuts, fresh produce, dairy products and other California farm commodities struggle to find rides...
Bruce Fry examines chardonnay vines.
By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation The 2022 vintage in some of California’s winegrape-growing regions took a massive hit from a mid-April frost that will leave some farmers with nothing to harvest. Bruce Fry, who grows winegrapes near Lodi, said some of his vines lost their grape clusters—still in early stages of development—to...
Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Facing a third year of drought, leadership from county Farm Bureaus, spanning all regions of California, gathered in Sacramento last week to engage with state water officials about all things water. A changing climate, shrinking snowpack, water rights, aging infrastructure, groundwater regulations and...
rice with rice husk
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation This time of year, the Sacramento Valley should be buzzing with tractors working the soil and planes dropping rice seed onto flooded fields as farmers ramp up planting. In the heart of California rice country, the town of Maxwell in Colusa County gets busy during planting season....
Row crops with groundwater irrigation in Castroville
Press Release Provided by California Department of Water Resources In an effort to boost water supply reliability for millions of Californians, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced its first round of funding to 20 agencies responsible for managing critically overdrafted groundwater basins throughout the state. A total of $150 million in funding is being awarded to regional groundwater...
navel orangeworm
Press Release Provided by FMC Avaunt® eVo insect control from FMC has obtained a supplemental label for use on tree nuts to control codling moth, navel orangeworm (NOW) and peach twig borer in California. Crops on the label include almonds, pistachios and walnuts, both black and English. This tool delivers rapid activity with residual control of Lepidoptera as well as a...
spotted lanternfly
Press Release Provided by California Department of Pesticide Regulation On April 21st, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) awarded $3.75 million to fund 10 research projects that explore Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools for urban, non-agricultural and agricultural pest management. The 2021-2022 DPR Grants Programs funded by the state budget represent a 617% increase from the previous year’s funding...
almond orchard
Press Release Provided by Almond Board of California California’s almond acreage continues to grow, but at a gradually slowing rate, according to two new reports released on April 28th. While the number of almond orchards removed also increased over the previous year, it was not enough to offset the overall acreage gains. According to an estimate from Land IQ, bearing almond...
almond orchard at sunrise
Harvest 2022 expected to be down 4 percent from last year Press Release Provided by Almond Board of California The 2022 California Almond Subjective Forecast published May 12th, by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2022 will come in at 2.8 billion pounds, 4 percent below last year’s 2.92 billion...
child in outdoor garden
Press Release Provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture The California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) is accepting applications for the 2022 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program, until 5 p.m. PT July 6, 2022. The program will award competitive grants to support projects that cultivate equity, nurture students, build climate resilience,...
elderly rancher
Press Release Provided by R-CALF USA R-CALF USA has announced the launch of “No Rancher Left Behind,” a rancher/farmer conversation and awareness campaign. The campaign is a collaboration between R-CALF USA and Coy Young, a Missouri cattle rancher who recently testified before Congress about the stresses he faces as a cow-calf producer during this time of chronically depressed cattle prices...
young girl praying in a field
By Joshua Stevens, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Why pray if what we say doesn’t change the outcome? It’s not as if our words, no matter how eloquent we might think they are, can change the Almighty’s perfect desire. A sentiment that has, for decades now, prevailed throughout the western church, is the belief that prayer is a tool utilized...
New Lomas Lindas housing development provides much-needed affordable housing in the rural Central Valley Press Release Provided by The Wonderful Company The Wonderful Company (TWC), a global company dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world, today announced that six of 20 families have closed escrow and moved into their newly built single-family homes within the Lomas Lindas (Spanish for...
By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics In March, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by key water leaders to improve the health of rivers and landscapes in the Central Valley. Why does that matter? A major question facing regulators is how much water needs to stay in rivers in the Central Valley to keep them healthy. The State...
Vard Terry
Part of three generations of Holloway employees, Terry celebrated 50 years of service on Dec. 18; He will remain with company as senior advisor By Brian Milne, Vice President, Director of Marketing & Communications, The Holloway Group Holloway President Vard Terry has announced his retirement after 50 years with the company. Terry, who started at Holloway on Dec. 18, 1971, celebrated his...
Chas McPheeters
By Audrey Hill, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice A big congratulations to all FFA students and supporters who were recognized with an FFA award this 2022! There is no doubt that the Future Farmers of America are a high achieving group of high school students, but some go above and beyond their requirements and are rewarded every year. At the national...
potato field being irrigated
By Patty Poire, President, Kern County Farm Bureau The toughness and resolve of the California farmer is truly being challenged now more than in the last couple of years. With the increased costs for fertilizer, labor, regulatory and don’t forget water, these costs are taking over the agricultural industry with no end in sight. As for water, it appears that this...
DAIRY TOUR
By Timothy Collins, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Timothy Collins Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers It had been several years since our last Young Farmers and Ranchers dairy tour as a club, and with milk consistently being one of Kern’s top five commodities, we felt it was time to do another tour. In March, we toured Lakeview Farms...
Pyrenees French Bakery
By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum When the Laxague Family decided to build a new brick building for their historic Pyrenees Bakery in 1961 on East 21st Street, they donated the original wooden building to the Kern County Museum. As was typical at that time, the building was “rebadged” by the Museum and...
rodeo
By Andrea Prise, Professor, Bakersfield College  Andrea Prise Professor, Bakersfield College Have you heard the exciting news? This year, Bakersfield College has started a Rodeo Club that is competing in the West Coast Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). As a new member of the NIRA, Bakersfield College is able to offer their students more ways to participate in...