Monday, May 23, 2022

EHV-1 Outbreak in Southern California

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By Audrey Hill, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice An outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1), a highly contagious respiratory disease in horses, is sweeping...
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KCFB President’s Message April 2022

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By Patty Poire, President, Kern County Farm Bureau WOW! It’s only been 30 days since I last wrote an article, but it...
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KCFB Executive Director’s Report: Spring Forward—and Away We Go!

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By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau Just a couple of weeks ago we set our clocks an hour ahead...
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Young Farmers & Ranchers April Report

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By Timothy Collins, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Timothy Collins Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Last spring, the Young Farmers...
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The Bakersfield Sound: The Music That Put Kern on the Map

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By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum More than a million Americans were forced to move...
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Ukraine Invasion Blurs Outlook for Sunflower Seeds

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By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation As California farmers prepare to plant this year’s...
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Ranchers Hope for a Wet ‘Miracle March’

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By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation After two dry months, the next few weeks...
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Farmers Key to Renewable Energy Future

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By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert California is progressing toward...
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Regenerative Farming Brings Animals Into Orchards

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By Lisa McEwen, Reporter Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Benina Montes returned to the family farming operation after graduating from...
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Hard Freeze Devastates Valley Tree Crops

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By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Tim Taylor walked one of his almond orchards...
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The Cattleman’s Corner: The Perfect Cow is Somewhere in the Middle

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By Austin Snedden, Ranching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The types of cattlemen fall somewhere along a bell curve; the vast majority are...
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OPINION: Beef Packers and Allies Urge Congress to Do Nothing in Face of Broken...

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 Op-ed By Bill Bullard, CEO, R-CALF USA Press Release Provided by R-CALF USA Large beef packers and their allies are fighting to hold...
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FSIS Rescinds Mask Mandate for Processing Facilities

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Press Release Provided by U.S. Cattlemen’s Association On March 1st, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS)...
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CDFA Accepting Grant Applications for Dairy Methane Reduction Programs

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Press Release Provided by California Department of Agriculture The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for...
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USDA Commits $215 Million to Enhance the American Food Supply Chain

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Press Release Provided by the USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making available up to...
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NGFA and TFI Urge Biden Administration To Work With Canada to Ease Supply Chain...

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Press Release Provided by National Grain and Feed Association In a March 7 letter to President Joe Biden, the National Grain and...
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Brent Reed Joins Scythe & Spade As West Coast Regional Manager

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Led by a Seasoned Veteran and 3rd-Generation Californian, Scythe & Spade expands their presence in the West Press Release Provided by American...
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Almond Board of California Announces 2022 Elections

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Press Release Provided by Almond Board of California Elections for the Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors have kicked off...
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California Walnut Board Marketing Order Update: Status & Next Steps

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Press Release Provided by California Walnut Board The California Walnut Board (CWB) has been actively working to update the Federal Marketing Order...
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Judge Sides with DWR, Rejects Plaintiffs’ Challenge to Extension of State Water Project Contracts

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Press Release provided by State Water Contractors On March 9, 2022, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Hon. Kevin R. Culhane handed down his...
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Statewide Snowpack Falls Well Below Average Following Consecutive Dry Months

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Press Release Provided by California Department of Water Resources On March 1st the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the third snow...
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California Water Commission Increases Potential Funding for Seven Storage Projects

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Press Release Provided by Association of California Water Agencies The California Water Commission has increased the potential funding amounts for the seven...

Entrepreneurs Wanted: Apply by April 29 for Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

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Press Release Provided by American Farm Bureau Federation The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is seeking entrepreneurs to...
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Easter

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By Andrea Wright, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice  The naming of the celebration “Easter” goes back to the name of a pre-Christian...
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Centered on the Gospel: Visiting the Cross: Jesus’ Crucifixion

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By Joshua Stevens, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice This month flocks of Christians will crowd together in churches around the world. From...
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Is California’s Water Strategy Wrong?

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By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Talk to folks in the biggest cities in California, and the answer to the California’s...
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Fixing The Weakest Link in The Agriculture Supply Chain

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S. Aaron Hegde, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Economics, CSUB The pandemic has severely disrupted the world economy, especially the agriculture...
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Western Growers Receives $750,000 Grant for New AgTechX Ed Initiative

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By Melissa A. Nagel, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently awarded Western Growers a $750,000...
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KCFB: President’s Message

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By Patty Poire, President, Kern County Farm Bureau Hopefully you read my last month’s article about the receipt of the Department of...
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Malthusian Trap – Government Style?

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KCFB Executive Director’s Report By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau  In the 18th century, economist Thomas Robert Malthus proposed a...