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By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Driving north to Sacramento or San Francisco from Bakersfield, you don’t see much of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – that area east of Antioch where the two rivers converge, draining the Central Valley of California as it has for centuries, and the sole home of delta smelt. It is picturesque now, dotted with...
By Audrey Hill, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Between September 22nd and October 3rd of 2021 thousands of Kern County residents and fair goers alike walked through the gates of the Kern County Fair once again. After its year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s fair was back and better than ever.  Being back at the fair was like...
grape vines
By Jenifer VanAlstein, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice On September 28, 2021, Kern County Agriculture Commissioner Glenn Fankhauser released the 2020 Crop Report. Kern’s top 5 commodities, which according to the letter from Commissioner Fankhauser, make up more than $5.5 billion (72%) of the Total Value are: 1) Grapes; 2) Citrus; 3) Almonds; 4) Pistachios; 5) Milk. These have consistently...
By Patty Poire. President, Kern County Farm Bureau It’s been a month now and I thought that I would break my normal “bad” news information rep. I got a repetition of always providing “bad” news information since I was the Chair of the Land Use Committee and handled the water component for the local bureau as well. So, here might...
Bounty of Kern County 2021
By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau Every year people all over the country gather on the third Thursday in November to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year will be no different as we take a moment to reflect on the many gifts and blessings we have received throughout the year. This year has been a particularly challenging one as...
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By Allie Cushnyr, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Now is your chance to get more involved, build your network, and make decisions about events throughout the year by attending the next meeting which includes a speaker and elections. Kern Young Farmers & Ranchers will be hosting the November meeting on November 3rd at 6:00pm at the new Farm...
Giant sequoia
By Dr. Renaldo Arroyo and Dr. Jalisca Thomason, Professors of Forestry and Natural Resources, BC  The Forestry and Natural Resources program at Bakersfield College offers classes aimed at students who have a passion for the stewardship of the environment and believe in sustainably taking care of our natural resources. Our program’s goal is to provide students with the necessary skills...
By Geoffrey Taylor, MA, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice As wildfires continue to ravage the California landscape and communities statewide feel the impact of increasingly dangerous fire activity, ranchers and farmers in the southern San Joaquin Valley region from Fresno County to Kern County have experienced an unpredictable year. While wildfires are a natural component of California’s chaparral climate, fires such...
fly
By Austin Snedden, Ranching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The fly is one of the most despicable creatures in the world. Besides being completely uncivilized and dining on trash and fecal matter, they also can spread disease to and amongst cattle, but probably the most sinister act of the fly is to annoy. Fall is the time that separates the men...
Wonderful Pistachios
Wonderful Pistachios Partners with GoldGlove to Promote Guilt-Free and Less Mess Snacking While Gaming as Part of Latest eSports Investment Press Release Provided by The Wonderful Company As part of its continued quest to promote healthy snacking done right, Wonderful® Pistachios is furthering its investment in esports through a content partnership with streamer Brennon “GoldGlove” O’Neill. As part of this marketing...
hemp farm
By Geoffrey Taylor, MA, Hemp Contributor, Valley Ag Voice California and Hemp have a complicated relationship. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, or CDFA, there were 17,184 acres of hemp in production with 479 permitted growers statewide while that number dropped drastically in 2021 to a mere 5,243 acres of hemp in production and only 257 permitted...
N95 masks
Press Release Provided by the Almond Board of California This has been another rough fire season in California, with blazes up and down the state that have destroyed millions of acres of timberland, caused billions in property damage and fouled the air. And though the calendar may say October, we’re not out of the woods yet. For many almond growers in the...
Press Release Provided by Fresno State University Thanks to a $100,000 philanthropic investment to the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State, the J. G. Boswell Foundation has established an endowment to support the University Agricultural Laboratory in memory of its longtime company farm manager, Dave Cosyns.  Cosyns began a 45-year career with the company after he graduated from Fresno State in...
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Press Release Provided by Western Growers Western Growers will honor agriculture advocate, educator, philanthropist and trailblazer Carol Chandler with the 2021 Award of Honor. The Award of Honor is Western Growers’ highest recognition of achievement and is given to individuals who have contributed extensively to the agricultural community. Chandler is partner of Chandler Farms in Selma, Calif., a fourth-generation family farming...
computer and microphone
Press Release Provided by Western Growers The first two episodes of the new season of Voices of the Valley, hosted by Dennis Donohue, the Director of Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, and Candace Wilson, the Vice President of Business Development of GreenVenus, are now available. Each week, Donohue and Wilson will interview leading entrepreneurs, innovative farmers and industry analysts...
power generators
Press Release Provided by California Department of Water Resources Four temporary mobile emergency power generating units totaling 120 megawatts (MW) deployed by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) are online and ready to support California's energy grid in times of extreme stress on the grid. Two units each have been temporarily installed at two sites in Northern California: Greenleaf Unit 1,...
Friant-Kern water canal
Construction to restore critical water supply infrastructure for San Joaquin Valley to begin by year’s end Press Release Provided by Friant Water Authority The Bureau of Reclamation and Friant Water Authority announced the selection of a construction contractor to begin work on the Friant-Kern Canal Middle Reach Capacity Correction Project. Brosamer & Wall/Tutor Perini Joint Venture, based in Walnut Creek, was awarded...
cattle being roundedup
Press Release Provided by US Cattleman’s Association With only hours to spare, Congress on September 30th passed legislation to avoid a government shutdown. The continuing resolution, which funds the government through December 3, passed the Senate 65-35 and cleared the House on a 254-175 vote. The measure temporarily extends authority for the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program through December 3. Additionally, it...
inspecting cannabis plant
Press Release Provided by CDFA The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for public and private entities interested in being certifying agents for the OCal Cannabis Certification Program. OCal is a statewide certification program that establishes and enforces comparable-to-organic cannabis standards. The OCal Program will ensure that cannabis products bearing the OCal seal have been certified...
United States Department of Agriculture
Press Release Provided by R-Calf USA During the first week of October a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul, (R-Ky.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act (OFF Act). The OFF Act will reform all checkoff programs, including the beef checkoff program. Preceding the Senate bill’s...
Joshua Viers
By Bob Johnson, Reporter, Monterey County Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation One day in early October, a group of University of California, Merced, students went to the campus Smart Farm, augurs in hand, to explore the soil for the best spots to locate moisture sensors. They were not looking in the root zone to monitor how much water is...
Press Release Provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for its Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) Program and its Proactive Integrated Pest Management (Proactive IPM) Solutions Program, administered by the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA). OPCA is housed under the CDFA Office of...
Firefighters
Press Release Provided by California Cattlemen’s Association On October 6th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed CCA-sponsored Senate Bill 332 (Dodd), legislation which incentivizes the application of prescribed fire by minimizing prescribed fire practitioners’ exposure to liability. SB 332 previously passed through the State Legislature without recording a single “no” vote. Under existing law, when CAL FIRE responds to a prescribed fire that...
children at pumpkin patch
By Valley Ag Voice Staff For over a quarter Century Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch has opened the gates to provide memories and pumpkins for Kern County residents. From the opportunities to pick the perfect pumpkin or take a picture with your family it is a tradition local residents have come to enjoy. Located at 10747 Taft Highway Banducci’s provides lasting fun,...
OPEC oil cans
Press Release Provided by the Office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congresswoman Carol Miller (WV-03) urged President Biden to reverse his anti-American oil and natural gas production polices. Rather than negotiating with energy-producing foreign countries – which will not look out for America’s best interests – to increase production to meet the United States’ energy needs, Biden...
John Deere tractors
By Valley Ag Voice Staff Hosted by Kern Machinery at their museum of John Deere legacy equipment, John Deere’s corporate team rolled out some exciting new equipment choices and technology updates for Central Valley high value crop growers. Many of the updates included news on equipment, but the biggest news was about some of the technology being made available to...
harvest blessings sign
By Andrea Compagnoni Wright, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice “For everything, there is a season, and a time for every activity under heaven … a time to plant, and a time to harvest.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1−2, NLT). When we see the leaves visibly changing colors, we may call it the splendor of fall. While many understand the season of fall as a...
grape juice processing
By Valley Ag Voice Staff In agriculture, there is a can-do spirit and a mentality that is always innovating to deliver food and forage to consumers’ rising appetites. Delano Growers Grape Products is an example of an innovate leader in the agriculture space that is quietly and effectively part of delivering grape concentrate to the marketplace.  Since 1940, Delano Growers has...
mosquito
By Audrey Hill, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice West Nile has been endemic in the U.S. since 2002, and most recent data shows that California, Colorado, and Florida have since faced the brunt of this virus’ affects. Most common reports of West Nile across the U.S. are in humans and horses; however, it can also infect other animals such as...
water recharge in a vineyard
By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Some of you may have seen the movie or heard the story of Dunkirk. At the start of the Second World War, British, French and Belgian armies were surrounded and cutoff by the German Army and were trapped against the French shore near the town of Dunkirk. Churchill described the event as a...