The Kern County Farm Bureau participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of Bakersfield College’s New Agriculture Sciences building. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Nettleton)

By Rachel Nettleton, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau

As we enter the new year, the agricultural landscape in Kern County is undergoing a notable transformation. This shift is evident in the ongoing changes in technology, the growing emphasis on environmental sustainability, and the dedicated efforts of our local farming and ranching community. These changes set the stage for significant milestones, one of which was the groundbreaking ceremony that occurred in November for Bakersfield College’s new Agriculture Sciences building. Much like the dynamic shifts within agriculture, this new facility represents a commitment to progress, education, and community development that provides students with the essential tools and knowledge to navigate the challenges of a rapidly evolving industry. This transformation is a sign of our ability to adapt and find smart solutions to these changes.  

To further highlight this commitment, the Kern County Farm Bureau attended and actively participated in the California Farm Bureau’s 105th Annual Meeting last month. This yearly gathering brings counties across California together by fostering discussions on challenges and collaborative strategies for the future. The valuable insights gained from this meeting help equip the California Farm Bureau to advocate effectively statewide and nationally. With the support of educational institutions like Bakersfield College and CSUB, along with advocacy organizations such as the California Farm Bureau, they represent the symbol of progress and commitment to the future of farming.  

Amidst these collaborative efforts, we are excited to be hosting our upcoming 18th Annual Spray Safe event this month. Uniting over 600 individuals committed to enhancing their knowledge of agricultural safety. Scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19, from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Kern County Fairgrounds, Spray Safe provides attendees with a unique opportunity to delve into essential safety practices. This event is free for all participants, offering the opportunity to earn Continuing Education (CE) hours, with lunch included. For those interested in attending, please email

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