Sunday, September 26, 2021
Friant-Kern Canal in California

How Much Are You Willing to Pay for Drought?

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President’s & Executive Director’s Shared Message This past July millions of Americans joined friends, families, and neighbors to celebrate our nation’s Independence...
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Young Farmers & Ranchers

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By Allie Cushnyr, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers One of the reasons I joined this group in 2015 was because...
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RENEGADE ROUND-UP: Bakersfield College’s Agriculture Department

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By Dr. James Selgrath, Professor of Agribusiness & Animal Science, Bakersfield College  “Summertime, when the livin’ is easy, fish are jumping and...
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Cannabis Economy Benefits Communities, Creates Jobs

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By Geoffrey Taylor, MA, Hemp Contributor, Valley Ag Voice It’s been a long road back into working full-time in the cannabis industry,...
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Cattlemen Applaud Biden Executive Order to Restore Competition in the U.S. Economy

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Press Release Provided by the United States Cattlemen’s Association On July 9th, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order to establish a...
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New USDA Competition Driver Applauded by Cattle Group

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Press Release Provided by R-CALF USA The largest U.S. producer-only cattle trade association, R-CALF USA, applauded the July 9th announcement by Secretary...
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The Cattleman’s Corner: Excuses Better Have Some Quality

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By Austin SneddenRanching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Most excuses we get on a day-to-day basis are almost impossible to verify. But for...
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Farm Tech Depends on Broadband Access

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By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Farmers and ranchers in the 21st century are...
Mammoth Lakes during drought

Rural California Hammered as Drought Spreads

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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 With depleted reservoirs and...
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State Water Contractors’ Response to California’s 2021-22 State Budget

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Budget Includes Historic Investments in California’s Drought Resilience and Critical Water Delivery Infrastructure Press Release Provided by the State Water Contractors  On June...
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Governor Newsom Expands Drought Proclamation to Include Nine New Counties as Drought Conditions Persist...

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This Second Expansion of the Emergency Drought Proclamation Now Covers 50 out of California’s 58 Counties and Calls for a 15%...
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Wildfire Insurance Legislation Heads to the Governor

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By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation A bill that would allow California’s insurer of...
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DWR to Use Innovative Airborne Tech to Map State’s Groundwater Basins

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Press Release Provided by California Department of Water Resources The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is using an innovative, helicopter-based technology...
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California Establishes Quarantine to Prohibit the Introduction of the Spotted Lanternfly into California

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Press Release Provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture A state exterior quarantine has been declared to prohibit the introduction...
Andrea Wright and Sandy Mittelsteadt eating lunch

A Farewell and a New Beginning

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By Sandy Mittelsteadt, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Sandy Mittelsteadt Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The choice to retire from writing the “Faith in...
Romeo Agbalog

Romeo Agbalog Named New Kern County Farm Bureau Executive Director

By Valley Ag Voice Staff The Kern County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to hire Mr. Romeo Agbalog as the...
Paisley Williams and her dairy goat, Twinkle, focus in on the judge during a showmanship class at the Kern County Fair

Livestock Show is A-Go, but 2021 Fair is Cancelled

By Audrey Hill, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice On Monday May 17th, the Kern County Fair Board met to decide the fate...
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Smarter Water Diversions

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics More and more farmers and water managers are faced with a tricky problem – how...

KCFB President’s Message: Back to the Basics

By John Moore, President, Kern County Farm Bureau Every late April to early May marks the commencement of the south valley’s row...

KCFB Executive Director’s Note

By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau As a country, we find ourselves in extraordinary times amidst this unprecedented global...
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KCFB Administrator’s Report

By Colleen Taber, Administrator, Kern County Farm Bureau We all had a plan in the last year squashed, yet our plans are...
social at Crusader Brewing, Bakersfield, California

KCFB Young Farmers & Ranchers

By Allie Cushnyr, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers, & Ranchers May was a busy month for the Kern County Young Farmers and...
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Bureau of Livestock Identification to Lower Inspection Fees

Press Release provided by California Department of Food and Agriculture CDFA’s Bureau of Livestock Identification (BLI) will lower inspection fees by 10...
An early rabbit roundup in the Buttonwillow area in the 1930’s

Bunny Bashing: Predator Control in Early Kern County

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum With the Easter season now safely passed, we can...
The King's Court event in Arvin, California

Local Cannabis Industry Operator Celebrates Industry Holiday in Style

By Geoffrey Taylor, MA, Hemp Contributor, Valley Ag Voice It was a royal affair at the 420 Kingdom “The King’s Court” event...
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The Cattleman’s Corner: OPINION: Park It

By Austin Snedden, Ranching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The history of people in positions of power asking the commoners to do things...
California Governor Gavin Newsom

Governor’s Actions Point to Need for Long-term Water Investment

Press Release Provided by California Farm Bureau Federation Actions in a widened drought emergency order issued today by Gov. Gavin Newsom will...
Klamath River end at the Pacific Ocean, view from the Klamath overview in Klamath, California

SWC Response to Governor Newsom’s Expanded Drought Proclamation and New Drought and Water Resilience...

Press Release Provided by State Water Contractors On May 10, 2021 Governor Gavin Newsom announced the expansion of his April 21 Emergency...
Friant-Kern Canal in California

Hurtado Bill to Repair and Restore State Water Project and Central Valley Project Infrastructure...

Press Release Provided by Senator Melissa Hurtado In late April, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) released the following statement after her bill, SB...
almonds

USDA-NASS Forecasts Larger Almond Crop

Press Release Provided by Almond Board of California The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is predicting an...