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A wooden cross posted in a wheat crop, beside a cornfield
By Sandy MittelsteadtContributor, Valley Ag Voice Where You Can Find God: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8: 17 God knows exactly where you are when you are searching for Him. Even when you can’t see or hear...
Volunteers processing food for distribution. (Photo by California Association of Food Banks)
By Valley Ag Voice Staff Many local growers and distributors are part of a giant effort to help keep the shelves of local and statewide food banks stocked. The California Association of Food Banks has a Farm to Family program where they work directly with California Agricultural leaders to keep food flowing to 41...
Johnston Farms’ navel oranges.
By Valley Ag Voice Staff Our worlds were turned upside down in March when we were faced with the overarching reality of COVID-19. This instituted a reaction that demanded most of us to shelter in our homes as Governor Newsom issued a stay-at-home order. Yet, amid many consumers clearing out stores, citrus is seeing...
property tax notice
By Jordan Kaufman, Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector By Jordan Kaufman, Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector First and foremost, I would like to say that I understand and share the public’s anxiety and concern about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. As the Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector, it is my responsibility...
Friends sitting in bar and using smartphone- Group of people navigating in the internet.
By John MoorePresident, Kern County Farm Bureau John Moore, President, Kern County Farm Bureau I’ll admit it. I am bad at being a “millennial.” I was born in the year of peak “millennial,” 1989, and in 31 years I have been building a resume to be a terrible representative of...
Farm worker using digital tablet while working with cows at modern dairy factory (Photo by Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com)
By Colleen Taber, Administrator,Kern County Farm Bureau Colleen Taber Accepting a job during a pandemic isn’t anything that any of us planned for, however, helping to share information and advocate for our members is exactly where I needed to be. In my first month, Kern County Farm Bureau has advocated...
Potato sorting, processing and packing factory. Photo By 279photo Studio
By Lindsey Mebane, PresidentKern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Lindsey Mebane Never did I imagine that the beginning of 2020 would look like this. As I write this, I am sitting in my office at work with gloves and a face mask on while some of my co-workers are working...
Sunkist packing house, about 1900
By Mike McCoyExecutive Director, Kern County Museum Mike McCoy Digging through the Kern County Museum’s Library, one of my favorite old books is A History of Kern County California by Wallace Morgan and published in 1914. One chapter on agriculture was very much a crystal ball on the future of...
Panoramic view of the Kern River during spring—Bakersfield, CA. (Photo by sc_images / Shutterstock.com)
Hoisting of the Drought Flag Put on Hold By Steve Lafond, Special to Valley Ag Voice Steve Lafond It is said good things come to those that wait. For Kern County weather watchers, that wait amounted to two and a half months, from the first of the...
Farmer in a livestock small breeding husbandry farming production taking care of cattle
Press Release Provided by the California Farm Bureau Federation In a letter sent on April 9th to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, R-CALF USA urged that Congress’ $9.5 billion COVID-19-related appropriations be used to directly assist actual cattle and sheep producers “whose already broken marketplace” has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
 

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