Wednesday, February 8, 2023
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KCFB President’s Message: Givers and Takers

By John Moore, President, Kern County Farm Bureau In Life There Are Givers By nature, farmers and ranchers are Givers. Farmers and ranchers...
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KCFB: Executive Director’s Report

By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau Kern County… the most important county in the nation. That may sound a...
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Young Farmers & Ranchers

By Allie Cushnyr, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers IT’S BACK!!! The Kern County Young Farmers and Ranchers Annual Charity Farmer’s...
“Champion Basquaerie Marsous, Great Pyrénées” (Edwin Megargee)

Man’s Best Friend…On the Farm

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum Anyone who has owned a country house or lived...
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California Water Management Problem

By Jenifer VanAlstein, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice California is in yet another tough water year. It seems as though we are...
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Statement From Friant Water Authority on 2021 Drought Operations

Reprinted with Permission from Friant Water Authority Recent actions by the State Water Resources Control Board, Bureau of Reclamation, and California Department...
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The Cattleman’s Corner: One Man’s Trash

By Austin SneddenRanching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice My grandfather would say in reference to the challenging short grass country that our family...
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Senate Bill 419 Puts Central Valley Workers Out of Work

By Robert Acosta, PCL Construction California’s Central Valley has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state and it’s the reason...
This state-licensed indoor cannabis cultivation facility utilizes energy efficiency LED lighting and produces plants in soil as a growing medium

Indoor Cannabis Production a Growing Trend Throughout Central Valley

By Geoffrey Taylor, MA, Hemp Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Up and down the Central Valley, indoor cannabis cultivation is reigning supreme in...

State Releases its First Reviews of Local SGMA Plans

By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Against the backdrop of...
Valley Pallet employees move freshly repaired pallets for shipment in Sacramento. Agricultural groups are sounding the alarm about a pallet shortage, which one pallet company attributes to a lack of lumber for new pallets and rising demand for recycled pallets

Produce Shippers Deal with Pallet Shortage

By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Consider the humble pallet: It’s an unglamorous but...
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Livestock Owners See Hay Supplies Cut Due to Drought

By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Poor crop yields and less hay being grown...
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COMMENT: Grazing Provides Important Service on Public Lands

By Zippy Duvall President, American Farm Bureau Federation Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Take a drive through the countryside in...
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National Coalition Presses for Water Supply Infrastructure

Press Release Provided by California Farm Bureau Federation Citing an “acute and critical need” magnified by another all-too-familiar drought, a national coalition...
cows hanging in cold storage

North American Meat Institute Provides Facts on Common Beef Market Myths

Press Release Provided by North American Meat Institute   In May, the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) released a document to...
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USCA Statement on Meatpacking Lobby’s Report on “Beef Market Myths”

Press Release Provided by US Cattlemen's Association Regarding the report being circulated on Capitol Hill by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI)...
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Western Growers Launches AgTechX Ed Initiative with CDFA Secretary Karen Ross

Press Release Provided by Western Growers   Western Growers (WG) has teamed with Karen Ross, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)...
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Grimmway Farms Awards Scholarships to Children of Employees

Press Release Provided by Grimmway Farms   On June 8th, Grimmway Farms hosted an outdoor reception at its headquarters to announce the...
USCA Senior Policy Advisor Jess Peterson with Senator Tester (USCA)

USCA Applauds Bill to Establish Office of the Special Investigator for Competition Matters

Press Release Provided by US Cattlemans Association On June 11th, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Rounds (R-SD)...
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EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

Press Release Provided by US Environmental Protection Agency On June 9th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army...
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Construction Begins on Emergency Drought Barrier in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Press Release Provided by the California Department of Water Resources In response to worsening drought conditions in California, today the Department of...
Ripe almonds on tree ready to harvest

Increased Demand Helps Almonds Overcome Port Issues, Tariffs and COVID-19 Limitations

Press Release Provided by Almond Board of California California almond shipments to consumer markets in the U.S. and across the globe hit...
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Almond Board of California 2021 Election Results

Press Release Provided by the Almond Board of California The Almond Board of California (ABC) has released election results for the Board...
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CDFA Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Regulations for Implementation of Proposition 12 (2018)

Press Release Provided by CDFA A 45-day public comment period for proposed regulations to implement Proposition 12 (2018) begins May 28, 2021...
rancher tending grazing sheep

Sheep Ranchers Face Drought, Wage Issue

By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation   Parched pastures have forced many sheep ranchers...

Why Does God Want Me to Take the Long Road?

By Sandy Mittelsteadt, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Sandy Mittelsteadt Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Looking back on my life, I see paths that...
McFarland, California students working in an orchard

McFarland: Growing Possibilities

By Valley Ag Voice Staff While McFarland may have been considered to be a sleepy little agricultural town until the release of...
140 year old palm trees

PG&E Reconsiders Threat to Historic Palm Trees

By Elizabeth Vaughn, Copy Editor, Valley Ag Voice Ask anyone about Bakersfield’s early history and you’re apt to hear about a few...
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Water Reliability Through Feasts and Famines

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics The recent announcements of low water allocations for 2021 highlight the need for improved water...
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Kern County Farm Bureau President’s Message: We Grow Things Here

By John Moore, President, Kern County Farm Bureau I was recently on a phone call with the facilitator of a water collaboration...