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By Elizabeth Vaughn, Copy Editor, Valley Ag Voice There are certain moments in life where one decision will pave the way for success, not just for ourselves but for those after us. Choosing to become a farmer is a decision filled with uncertainty, hard work, and times of disappointment. For Lucas Espericueta, his passion for farming came from his father, a...
man picking mandarin oranges
Reprinted with Permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  Rich Colwell isn’t dreaming of an orange Christmas. He’s having one right now. Colwell, who grows, packs and ships mandarins in Penryn, says his crop has been “very heavy and robust.” “We’ve been blessed with excellent weather for harvesting,” he said, with only one day of rain before this past weekend, and because...
preteen boy hands holding seedling tray, edible garden,vegetable gardening, fun outdoor activity, sustainable living, social distancing , montessori
By Audrey Hill, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice As more and more farmers and farm managers head into retirement, there is an increased need for young people to step in and fill their shoes. To sustain not only this way of life, but our crops and our society too, we must also work to sustain our laborers. Luckily, organizations like...
2021 mowed into farmland
By John Moore, President, Kern County Farm Bureau Happy New Year! It’s 2021 and there is no doubt by this time all of the woes brought with 2020 are in the rear-view mirror (fingers, arms, and legs crossed). In the event 2020’s woes are not, in fact, in the rear-view mirror the nation is likely callused enough to handle a...
field being sprayed with pesticides
By Colleen Taber, Administrator, Kern County Farm Bureau While restrictions continue on gatherings and large educational meetings, Spray Safe and the message of annual preparation for the season remains – Collaborate, Connect and Commit. Local farmers, workers, pest control advisors, and pesticide applicators continue to work together to encourage safe working environments through our annual Spray Safe event. This year’s...
young woman farming
By Allie Cushnyr, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers A new year, a new officer team, and we are looking forward to starting off 2021 strong. I am now in the chair position after having been involved with Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) since summer of 2015, after graduating from Cal Poly SLO. Currently, I work for...
Painting of a Vaquero roping cattle during 1830s Spanish California.
By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum The southern San Joaquin Valley first came into European and American awareness as a grazing spot for cattle in the early 19th century. The development of Fort Tejon and Tejon Ranch in 1853 prompted interest in raising stock for the Sierra mining boom. These Mexican longhorns were...
walnuts on cutting board
Press Release Provided by California Walnuts Through strategically diversifying into sectors like retail, food manufacturing/industrial and foodservice, our export and domestic marketing activities are designed to expand California walnuts usage and consumption in existing markets and identify markets for future development. These programs, through brand partnerships and in-store activations, also help raise awareness for California walnuts to all audiences. During the...
California aqueduct
By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Amid long-term forecasts indicating California could be headed into another dry winter, discussions at the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting focused on current and future water policy and the challenges facing short- and long-term supplies. During a breakout session as part of...
Aerial view of Lake Shasta in California
Press Release Provided by the California Department of Water Resources With California off to a dry start for the water year, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation of 10 percent of requested supplies for the 2021 water year. Initial allocations are based on conservative assumptions regarding hydrology and factors such as...
 

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