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2022 Miss Rodeo Glennville Pageant
By Elizabeth Vaughn, Copy Editor, Valley Ag Voice  If you’ve ever been a part of a rodeo, you know the abundant amount of work and effort that goes into the days leading up to the competition. At this year’s Glennville Rodeo on June 12th, the event was kicked off by announcing the winners of the Greenhorn Mountain Veteran’s Association Rodeo...
cattle in stockyard
By Austin Snedden, Ranching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice I have had the privilege of being able to travel around much of the country shopping for herd bulls and learning about cattle. I have always felt that the best way to learn about a herd was to learn a breeder’s philosophy and try to see things through their eyes. The bovine...
cattle
By Edgar Sanchez, Reporter for Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Carefully steering an all-terrain vehicle, Scott Stone recently drove across his Yolo Land & Cattle Co. ranch—until he stopped to savor the view. “It’s very peaceful here. It’s invigorating for the soul,” the 65-year-old cattle rancher said, admiring the panoramic vista—a pastoral, lush, undulating terrain leading to...
Charlotte Mitchell
By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Michael Machado’s farmland is in no danger of sprouting houses or strip malls anytime soon. The third-generation farmer and former legislator has easements on his property meant to ensure the century-old family farm in Linden remains as such in perpetuity. In addition to the estate-planning benefits, there’s...
flowers
By Lisa McEwen, Reporter, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation At Good Humus Produce, a small organic farm in the Capay Valley northwest of Sacramento, members of the Main family built a local agricultural tradition with seasonal harvests of more than 200 varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruit. The farm was started by Jeff and Annie Main in...
Okihi Preserve Kern River
By Melissa A. Nagel, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The local White Wolf Wellness Foundation (WWWF) received a $27,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) in June to use towards revitalizing the Okihi Preserve located along the Kern River. Once known as Camp Ohiki, the Okihi Preserve spans 13.7 acres along the Kern River...
cotton
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Considering the red-hot price of cotton these days, California farmers say they would love to plant more of the field crop—if only they have the water. State cotton growers have increased plantings by a modest 10% more than last year, according to preliminary estimates by the California...
dry soil
Press Release Provided by California Department of Water Resources The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package for approximately $193 million in grant funding to help local agencies advance water infrastructure and resilience projects. This critical statewide funding will support projects such as water desalination, wastewater treatment, water conservation, and groundwater recharge...
David Richter looks at developing tomato plants
By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation David Richter has a good tomato crop going so far—but like many other farmers, not as much as in preceding years. Richter, who farms near Knights Landing in Sutter County, cut his tomato acreage by 75 acres, mainly because his water allocation from the Sacramento River is...
Western Growers logo
Press Release Provided by Western Growers Western Growers Insurance Services (WGIS) is pleased to announce Ed McClements as the new Senior Vice President of Large Group Sales. McClements has over 45 years of employee benefits experience and 32 years working in the agricultural marketplace. McClements has been immersed in large group sales throughout his career and has a notable history of...
bumblebee
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Saying that bumblebees may be classified as fish, a state appeals court has ruled that the pollinator insect may therefore be eligible for protection as an endangered or threatened species under state law. The ruling, issued last week, reverses a 2020 Sacramento County Superior Court decision blocking...
hemp field
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation The buzz about industrial hemp becoming the next big cash crop didn’t last. Soured by the heavily regulated nature of the crop and market instability, farmers who dabbled in growing hemp say they’re bowing out this season, choosing to go back to farming more traditional crops. This comes...
food
Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has unveiled a framework to address “a litany of challenges” in order to transform the U.S. food system to become more resilient and help farmers, producers and consumers. “We live in a great time of disruption,”...
field workers
Press Release Provided by CDFA The Beginning Farmer and Farmworker Training and Workforce Development Program (BFFTP) is a new grant program, funded through the 2021 California general fund budget. This program will provide support to organizations to enhance or expand beginning farmer and farmworker training/apprenticeship programs. The overall goal of the program is to ensure that resources are dedicated to...
dairy cows
Press Release Provided by California Milk Advisory Board With one in five Californians currently struggling with food insecurity, partnerships between farmers and food banks are an essential tool in fighting hunger. In commemoration of World Milk Day and June Dairy Month, the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) announced a partnership with Feeding American and the California Association of Food Banks...
Christina Millian
Press Release Provided by California Strawberry Commission On June 9th the California Strawberry Commission hosted an exclusive “Million Ways to Love Strawberries” event at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel to celebrate peak strawberry season, the unique versatility and love consumers have for the vibrant, healthy berry, and the extraordinary people who grow them. California strawberry farmers Neil Nagata and Mayra Paniagua...
page from bible
By Joshua Stevens, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Much of the New Testament is written in letters to churches in cities such as Rome (Romans), Corinth (Corinthians), Ephesus (Ephesians) on and on the list goes. Have we ever taken a moment to wonder if Paul were alive today what would they say to your church? What would your letter be?...
water reservoir
By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics The Water Association of Kern County held their Water Summit May 19th after a two year hiatus due to Covid. The Summit featured more than a dozen speakers covering a wide range of water-related topics. Most indicative of the Summit perhaps was the response to a question from CSUB Economics Professor and panel...
Louis Gill
By Melissa A. Nagel, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Kern County’s District 3 Supervisor race is heating up and with elections right around the corner in June, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top! Kern has three candidates running for the District 3 Supervisor position that is being vacated by Supervisor Mike Maggard who has been in office...
old tractor
By Audrey Hill, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Every year in April, Tulare’s International Agri-Center hosts the California Antique Equipment Show, featuring antique motors and farm equipment of all shapes and sizes. Held on April 23rd and 24th, this was the show’s second year back since the COVID shutdown in 2020. The Antique Show was paired with the Agri-Center’s Big Tulare...
dry farmland california drought
By Patty Poire, President, Kern County Farm Bureau WOW, here we are in June where half of the year has come and gone and May did not change or improve any of the California agricultural impacts from fertilizer, labor, regulatory, or water issues. If anything, those impacts just became more complicated. The toughness and resolve of the California farmer are...
Beer bottles
By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau Can you believe we are already in June? It appears as though we are sprinting towards the end of 2022 as we reach the mid-way point of the year, and your local Farm Bureau continues its work with advocacy, education, and promotion of local area agriculture. For example, next month the...
YF&R members with Steve Murray at Murray Family Farms
By Timothy Collins, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Timothy Collins Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers The pleasant spring weather gave the Kern County Young Farmers and Ranchers the great opportunity to have tours of two small family-owned farms at our last two meetings. In April, we toured Maggenti Show Goats out at Poncetta Farms, and then less than...
Mark Parsons and Dan Hay
Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Basque immigrants from the Pyrenees mountains of France and Spain were first drawn to California by the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century. They found out though, that providing the miners with lamb and wool was more profitable than digging for gold. Moving into the 20th century, the...
Vard Terry
By Brian Milne, Vice President, Director of Marketing & Communications, The Holloway Group The agriculture industry has done some remarkable things over the years. Despite the agricultural evolution and ability to produce more food today than it ever has in our history, outsiders sometimes mislabel the ag industry as outdated and technophobic when it comes to its farming practices. But if you’ve...
Kevin Collins
By Dennis Pollock, Reporter Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation If you open your car window just a tad as you drive through Gilroy, you’re almost certain to detect a distinctive smell: garlic. It’s a smell that Kevin Collins, a manager at Borba Farms in Fresno County, loves. He’s a grower of garlic, after all. “A dairyman likes the smell of...
cotton
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Considering the red-hot price of cotton these days, California farmers say they would love to plant more of the field crop—if only they have the water. State cotton growers have increased plantings by a modest 10% more than last year, according to preliminary estimates by the California...
cargo ships
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation As ongoing port congestion and persistent shipping obstacles continue to block movement of California agricultural goods, farmers and exporters face bulging warehouses and dwindling cash flow that threaten to sink some businesses. Tree nuts, fresh produce, dairy products and other California farm commodities struggle to find rides...
Bruce Fry examines chardonnay vines.
By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation The 2022 vintage in some of California’s winegrape-growing regions took a massive hit from a mid-April frost that will leave some farmers with nothing to harvest. Bruce Fry, who grows winegrapes near Lodi, said some of his vines lost their grape clusters—still in early stages of development—to...
Christine Souza Assistant Editor, Ag Alert By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Facing a third year of drought, leadership from county Farm Bureaus, spanning all regions of California, gathered in Sacramento last week to engage with state water officials about all things water. A changing climate, shrinking snowpack, water rights, aging infrastructure, groundwater regulations and...