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OFFICIAL MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE KINGS COUNTY FARM BUREAU

KINGS COUNTY FARM BUREAU

January 2009

KCFB President Tim Larson's Column...Page 3

Netto Ag profile...Page 4

Safety Tips...Page 8

Gilmore Embraces New Work Schedule

By Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts/Update

Prior to the CFBF Annual Meeting award's dinner, KCFB attendees met in the hospitality suite for some good cheer. Seated in front are Pete and Janis Hanse surrounded from left to right by Jamie and Diana Peck, Chuck and Louise Draxler, John Ellis, Santa, Tim Larson, Mike Maciel, Linda Johansen and Jim Crisp. Not pictured are Amy Roberts (behind the camera) and Dino Giacomazzi.

Farm Bureau Celebrates History, Future

By Amy Roberts

From its modest beginnings in 1919 to its current status as a powerhouse agricultural giant, the California Farm Bureau Federation celebrated past accomplishments while looking to the organization's future goals. Interspersed among the crowd were members of Kings County

Farm Bureau to voice opinions, renew contacts, vote on 2009 policy issues and enjoy CFBF's 90th Annual Meeting in Burlingame in early December. Board members Tim Larson, Jim Crisp, and Dino Giacomazzi attended as voting delegates; Mike Maciel went as an alternate; and Chuck Draxler was there as a

See Annual Meeting on page 6

Elated and exhausted over the election process, newly-elected Assemblyman Danny Gilmore hit the Capitol ground running by attending new member classes and introducing a spot bill for surface water storage on Dec. 1. "I said I was going to go after water and by golly that's what I'm doing," he said while driving back to Kings County a few days after taking office. Gilmore welcomed the opportunity to discuss his new job ­ working on behalf of the people in the 30th Assembly District. He also used the interview to express his thanks to voters who entrusted their interests in him to make sound decisions. Gilmore added that key endorsements from organizations such as Kings County Farm Bureau were very meaningful to getting him elected. "So many people did so much to help get me elected," he said. "They worked hard, wrote checks ­ that's why I'm so humbled." Looking back on the various endorsements, Gilmore said, "I'm very thankful to Kings County nated in Hanse being crowned during this year's June Dairy Dinner. "I was really happy and felt grateful that they chose me," she said during a recent conversation marking the halfway point of her reign. "I was very humbled," Hanse added while reminiscing about the moment her name was announced. Hanse said the time leading up to the final interview process helped

Farm Bureau a n d t h e people who gave me this opportunity to serve. I was proud to have ag behind me. To have their Contributed backing was Danny Gilmore huge." Receiving Nicole Parra's backing came as a surprise, he also said. "I never sought Nicole's endorsement, but I was proud and honored to have it," Gilmore said. He added, "But it's important to note that many elected officials that were democrats also backed me." Gilmore credits his wife for encouraging him and being a positive influence during the demanding campaign. "If Cindi hadn't been there, I wouldn't have done this," he said. She chimed in, during their drive home, that she is, "honored and proud that Danny was elected to serve." With little formal training on how to be a legislator, on-the-job

See Gilmore on page 5

Dairy Princess Drinks Up Work

By Amy Roberts

Haley Hanse's dream of earning the coveted Dairy Princess title has exposed her to some delightful moments while spreading the word on the goodness of milk. While Hanse was manning the Producer's Dairy booth at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, a young girl noticed her crown and asked if she was Cinderella and lived in a castle. "When I answered, 'No, I live in Hanford,' she looked confused and didn't really understand," Hanse said with a chuckle. "It was really cute though." Despite the girl's innocence, Hanse used her questions as a teaching opportunity. "I don't want them to think just because my title is princess that I'm royalty," she said. "I want them to view me as an equal individual who's trying to spread awareness of something important to me."

build her poise and public speaking skills. The candidates attended a variety of pre-selection events, which allowed judges time to interact with each of them. A lunch at Mary Cameron's home was designed for judges to watch and hear how each potential princess presented herself during the course

See Dairy Princess on page 7

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Hanse is the granddaughter of Pete and Janis Hanse, who she said played a major role in her desire to serve. "Being the granddaughter of someone involved in ag, I thought I could do a good job of spreading awareness of the dairy industry," Hanse said. A total of six young women vied for the opportunity, which culmi-

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DATES TO REMEMBER

January

19 20 22 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ­ office closed KCFB Board of Directors meeting, 7pm, Boardroom Winter Wine Showcase ­ Kings Fairgrounds

Kings County Farm Bureau January 2009

LETTERS

Dear KCFB, Soroptimist International of Hanford would like to personally thank you for assisting us at our Festival of Trees annual fundraiser. With your commitment, we are able to use all profits to benefit our community. We contribute financial scholarships to high school students who will be going to college. We also provide a scholarship to help a single, head-of-household woman completing her education. We also provide support to the Barbara Saville Women's Shelter, Hannah's House, United Cerebral Palsy, the Hanford Library, Royal Family Kids Camp, Salvation Army and many other deserving programs in the community. With over 600 guests at this year's event, you were recognized as a sponsor. With this recognition we hope our guests realize how important you are and choose to patronize your organization. Sincerely, Linda Silveira FOT Chairwoman Dear KCFB, The Kings County 4-H Council and the University of California Cooperative Extension personnel join the 4-H Sponsor Committee in expressing our sincere thanks for your thoughtful donation. This will provide the necessary funds needed to support the 4-H Council's budget this year. We have an active calendar of events planned for the year and know that the instruction and leadership opportunities that 4-H members are receiving in their clubs and project groups is preparing them to be contributing members of society. The 4-H program involves both rural and urban youth and adult leaders from every area of Kings County. Thanks to your support, 4-H continues to grow in Kings County. Sincerely, Trayce Pedro 4-H Council President Dear KCFB, Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the Hanford High School Agriculture program. This fall our program celebrated numerous achievements including being named the Outstanding Large Secondary Program in the Tulare/Kings Section. Three judging teams competed at Nationals and represented Hanford and California to the best of their abilities. The chapter was a National Chapter Model of Innovation finalist in two areas, the first California chapter to do so. We also had a record 16 American Degree recipients, the highest degree an FFA member can earn. Our cotton judging team won the State Judging Championship in November and Lily Pimentel was named the district's 'Teacher of the Year.' We continued developing relationships with agricultural industry members and fostering numerous student successes in and out of the classroom. Thank you again for you contribution to our program. Sincerely, Sam Rodriguez Department Chair Hanford HighAg Dept. Update welcomes your comments and letters. Please mail to KCFB, Attn: Amy Roberts, 870 Greenfield Ave. Hanford, CA 93230 or email to: [email protected] KCFB reserves the right to edit content for clarity and space.

February

3-4 5 10-12 12 16 17 28 CCASA Plant & Soil Conference, Fresno KCFB Executive Board of Directors meeting, noon, Boardroom World Ag Expo, Tulare Ag Expo Leadership Breakfast, 7am, Tulare President's holiday ­ office closed KCFB Board of Directors meeting, 7pm, Boardroom Master Gardener's gardening seminar, Visalia

MEMBERSHIP

Renewed Business Partners Bacome Insurance Co. Barreto & Silveira Crisp Warehouse Hanford Roofing Co. Mello Hay Renewed Voting Members American West Aviation Mrs. Azevedo Don & Steve Bettencourt Farming Ronald Bettencourt Don Bickner Thomas C. Billingsley Anel Blowers Dave A. Bush Dave Costa Danell Brothers Farm John De Jong John Evangelo Adao G. Fernandes Gloria Haley Hansen Equipment Hewitson Cattle Co. Inc. Bill C. Higgins Jane Hoggard Johns Hugh V Inc. Steve Guevara John Loogman Joseph C. McGahan Delbert E. Mello James B. Mello John Mello Miya Farms, Inc. Stephen C. Naylon Ed Paulo Michael Pearce Agnes Rocha Nelson J. Rodrigues Randy Rodigues Rolling Hills Farm Manuel A, Simas Bill A. Son Joe Sozhino Peter Stanfield Manuel Teixeira Valley View Farms Renewed Sustaining Members Crystal Curtis Ivo H. Denham Joe A. Neves Robert Norman Darla Owens Rachael A. Pepe Lambert Sikkema

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

¢ Mission Statement: To provide education, promotion and representation of agriculture. ¢ Kings County Farm Bureau AgriBusiness Update: is published monthly by Kings County Farm Bureau. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Kings County Farm Bureau, 870 Greenfield Avenue, Hanford, CA 93230 ¢ Officers: President: Tim Larson Vice President: Jim Crisp Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Miya ¢ District Director: Chuck Draxler ¢ Executive Director: Diana Peck ¢ Communications Director: Amy Roberts ¢ Executive Assistant: Kelley Hildebrand ¢ Phone: 584-3557 ¢ FAX: 584-1614 ¢ Web site: www.kcfb.org ¢ Directors: Dino Giacomazzi Joe Alcala Pete Hanse Stan Azevedo Gary Lindley Mary Cameron Michael Maciel Theo de Haan John Rodrigues Ryan Dooley Steve Walker Chuck Draxler Bob Wilson John Ellis Frank Zonneveld ¢ Editors: Diana Peck and Amy Roberts ¢ Advertising: Valley Press PO Box 571, Visalia, CA 93279 Phone: 635-3200 Fax: 733-3963

Marcie Buford who retired after serving 20 years on the Hanford City Council. She officially stepped down on Tuesday, Dec. 2 after she decided to not seek reelection. Buford Oil Company has been a member of Kings County Farm Bureau for many years and we wish Marcie well in her future endeavors. KCFB Board Member Ryan Dooley on his promotion to branch manager of the Farm Credit West office in Hanford. His new duties began the first of this month. Kings County 4-H members: Tyler Johnson, Hayden Maccagno, Brigid Mattos, Grant Oliveira, Justin Semas, Kristen Stanfield and Lauren Stanfield for being selected as delegates to the National 4-H Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. The students are members of Mid Valley, Kings River, Armona and Island 4-H Clubs. They will be conducting fundraising events to finance their June trip, which is expected to cost about $12,000. Donations are also being accepted. Call 582-3211 ex. 2730 for more information. Update welcomes submissions of a congratulatory nature. Please mail to KCFB, Attn: Amy Roberts, 870 Greenfield Ave. Hanford, CA 93230 or email to: [email protected] The editors reserve the right to edit content for clarity and space.

Kings County Farm Bureau Agri-Business Update does not assume responsibility for statements by advertisers or for products advertised in Kings County Farm Bureau Agri-Business Update, nor does Farm Bureau assume responsibility for statements or expressions of opinion other than in editorials or in articles showing authorship by an officer, director or employee of the Farm Bureau or its affiliates. PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER ©Kings County Farm Bureau, 2004

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

New Year Musings

By Tim Larson

Speaker Announced for Leadership Breakfast

TULARE ­ The Agricultural Leadership alumni of Kings and Tulare counties are pleased to host the 15th annual fundraiser breakfast, during the Farm Show, to benefit the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. This year's speaker is Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist of the DaVinci Institute. Frey was an award-winning engineer and designer at IBM before he founded the DaVinci Institute, a non-profit futurist think tank, in 1997. The Institute educates aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs with the skills to make their projects possible. "The greatest value in understanding the future comes from spotting the major cultural, demographic, societal, and economic shifts early and translating them into viable business strategies," Frey says. Frey is the author of "Inventions of Impact" and has been a columnist for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and the Boulder County Business Report. His captivating presentations on the world to come have been heard by high-level government officials, NASA, Boeing, Ford Motor Company, AT& T and many more. Over the past 15 years, the annual breakfast has raised $560,000 for the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The non-profit foundation awards fellowships to high-potential men and women to participate in the intensive twoyear California Agricultural Leadership Program. The fundraiser breakfast will take place at Heritage Complex at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, during World Ag Expo. Table sponsors are $500, which includes a streak breakfast for eight and program recognition. Individual tickets are also available for $50 with proceeds benefiting California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. Tickets are available by calling Dianna at (559) 7359700 or by emailing [email protected]

A new year brings hope and optimism. My hope is that 2009 is filled with more stability than the rollercoaster we are currently riding. This past year will not be forgotten; it has been a year of record prices for commodities, as well as our ever rising costs, such as fuel and fertilizer. Water, our precious resource, has been in scarce supply and if there is not enough political will to fix the problem, we will be in worse shape. Our recent California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Burlingame echoed this message. In all my years of attending, this is the first time the state as a whole agrees that we are in the midst of a water disaster. Drought, environmental pressures and the broken Delta water system have all led to this nightmare. Conserving water and drilling wells are short-term solutions to a longterm problem. We need to keep the political leadership educated and working toward a solution, or we will find ourselves without the lifeblood of our livelihoods. One can only hope that the new administration will wake up and put an end to the restrictions that are forced upon the ag sector or we will see effects more devastating than we've seen so far. It is important, now more than

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ever, that we become engaged in the political process and involved in getting our message out. The Kings County Farm Bureau Board is encouraging members to join our Farm Team by registering at www.cfbf.com. By doing so, you will be notified of issues and legislation that affect agriculture and you'll have an opportunity to respond. Together, we can lobby legislators on the critical issues that are affecting us. I hope that everyone joins Farm Team and participates because we can make a difference. Also, don't forget to attend KCFB's Winter Wine Showcase, Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Kings Fairgrounds. This fun-filled evening supports our Third Grade Farm Day, which offers all Kings County third-graders an insight into agriculture. So mark your calendars! KCFB's Board and staff wish you a happy and prosperous New Year and thank you for your continued support.

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BUSINESS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Netto Ag Offers Custom Harvesting

By Amy Roberts

Kings County Farm Bureau January 2009

BUSINESS STATS

Business: Netto Ag Inc. Address: 10044 Flint Ave. Hanford Phone: 585-2097 585-2099 FAX: Mon. ­ Fri. 8 to 5 pm Hours: During harvest: Open daily at 6 a.m.

Brothers Frank and James Netto pooled their resources in 1982 to fill a niche market hauling silage. Now they own Netto Ag together with their wives. What started as a small Laton business with just a few trucks to the present, Netto Ag has continued growing over the years. In 1986, they purchased a harvesting company from Mike Rosa. Nine years later, and running out of work space, the Nettos decided to move their operation to the corner of Flint and Hwy 43 when it came up for sale. "We remodeled the shop facility when we purchased it, then built the new office in 2001," said Delia Netto, who is the company's chief financial officer. She is also the wife of James who, when not negotiating purchasing contracts for Netto Ag's commodities and equipment, is one of the principal owners of Penny-Newman Grain. He's also the company's facility operations manager for locations in Fresno and the Port of Stockton. Frank is in charge of Netto Ag's field operations and is also the sales manager. His wife Cindy, an oncology RN at Kaweah Delta Hospital, uses her medical knowledge to ensure that their employees have adequate medical benefits. Netto Ag is a custom harvesting silage company, which processes over 1.5 million ton per year and operates in Kings, Tulare and Fresno Counties, Delia said. "We also do fertilizer spreading in

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the same counties," she said. The company has 35 full-time employees and hires an additional 100 seasonal workers to man equipment during the harvest seasons. The forage harvest usually starts in the early spring and goes through May depending on the weather. Then they are busy with the corn harvesting, which usually starts in July and ends in the late fall. "We also have three very efficient staff members in the office," Delia said. "We feel that the success of our business is due to all of our hardworking and talented employees, which are dedicated to customer service. I can't brag enough about everyone." In recognition of their hardworking staff, the Nettos give safety incentives and periodically arrange special lunches. They also invite all their seasonal and full-time employees and spouses to an annual Christmas party to say thanks for their hard work. Netto Ag is a corporation that also has under its umbrella the Double N Dairy with 1,100 cows and 350 acres to grow feed. This dairy is used as a test facility for new silage concepts, which includes all aspects of growing, harvesting and preserving the grain. Separately, James and Delia

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Frank, left, and James Netto discuss expansion plans in the equipment yard of Netto Ag. The brothers have worked together since 1982.

also operate the Triple D Farms with 1,000 acres of pistachios, walnuts, grapes and row crops. "By being a Farm Bureau member, we support an active voice in county, state and federal ag policy," Delia said. "We also belong to the California Feed and Grain Association and Western United Dairymen. These organizations are very active working for the agricultural community and Farm Bureau is at the top of this list." Netto Ag has been a long-time, voting member of Kings County

Farm Bureau. Recently, they decided to upgrade their membership to Supporting Business Member so the company could be listed on KCFB's Web site and in the directory printed each month in Update. "We made the switch because there's a need for businesses to have a voice and also to make members aware of our services through the advertising section," Delia said. Kings County Farm Bureau greatly appreciates the support of businesses like NettoAg.

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Fresno hosts annual conference

The California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy will hold this year's Plant & Soil Conference Feb. 3 and 4, at the Piccadilly Inn University, 4961 N. Cedar Ave. The general session will be devoted to biotechnology topics followed by a variety of sessions attendees can choose from. The following day's agenda will feature discussions on nitrogen management and commodity boards, which will run concurrently. The speakers presenting talks represent a number of universities, governmental agencies and agricultural businesses. The conference agenda is available to review at http://calasa.ucdavis.edu. The cost for both days is $150, which includes CA ASA membership, two lunches and a copy of the proceedings. A single day registration is $90. Registration is also available during the conference.

Landscape seminar offered

The University of California Master Gardeners of Kings and Tulare Counties will present a Flowers, Trees and Gardens seminar on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 4, at the Visalia Convention Center. Gardening experts will be on hand to present talks on a variety of topics. Tickets are $12 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 685-3303 to register.

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Tim Larson congratulates Danny Gilmore after receiving KCFB's endorsement th for the 30 Assembly seat. (Reprinted from August 2008 paper)

Gilmore

from page 1 experience is initially supplemented with some formal teaching time. Gilmore said the new members' training is quite extensive. "I must have 10 binders to study," he said. "There's so much material they give you within a few days, your head is spinning. They do a great job training us, but it's up to the members to study the material." Despite waiting for the final vote tally, with his 2,700 vote lead in 100 percent of the precincts, Gilmore was invited to attend the classes a few days after the election. He said new members' spouses or significant others are also encouraged to take advantage of a full day of training. Gilmore said family members often don't realize the commitment and time away from home lawmakers need to work. However, he thought his wife Cindi is more prepared for his busy schedule after living through his 31 years of work with the Highway Patrol. Despite his lead, Gilmore said a number of provisional votes still needed to be certified and absentee votes also had to be counted before he was officially declared the winner. While his numbers dropped slightly when the final vote was tallied, it was not enough for Fran Florez to catch up. "It was a really long process, just waiting to get the final outcome," he said. "We remained cautiously optimistic all three weeks. I was happy that her campaign finally conceded. Kern County is a tough district and we put in a lot of effort there." He added that the wait was worthwhile. "In a democracy it's very important that all the votes were counted." Gilmore described the wait like being in a marathon: "You can see the end of the tape, but it drags on. It was an emotional and physical drain being asked by everyone where ever I went if it was official and just having to repeat no." When asked how he felt when his victory became official, he replied, "I'm elated ­ to go through all that it takes to go through this ­ there's nothing to describe it." Gilmore, while working in the present, is already preparing for the future. "My race for 2010 begins today," he said on Dec. 2. "And Fran, of course, has already announced against me. Obviously this is a target seat so they're going to come after it and we're going to have to work very hard in the district and Sacramento for the people who put me here."

Transmission lines threaten trees

Greater demand for electricity and renewable energy has resulted in a number of utility-proposed transmission line projects being considered, which could remove agricultural land in Tulare County from production. One transmission line proposed there crosses hundreds of acres of orchards and other private land. In May, Southern California Edison filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission for approval of its transmission line proposal known as the San Joaquin Cross Valley Loop Project. Construction of this 19-mile, 220-kilovolt transmission line would call for the removal of walnut and citrus orchards through eminent domain. Tulare County Farm Bureau is opposed to this project and has not expressed support for the other alternatives.

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Ag Facts

-- 15 creameries are located within 30 miles of Kings County, including Kraft, Haagen-Dazs, Marquez Bros. International, Land 'O Lakes and Leprino Foods -- There are over 1,100 farms in Kings County -- Agriculture supports about one in every 10 California jobs -- Almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, raisins, kiwifruit, nectarines, olives, cling peaches, persimmons, pistachios, dried plums are grown only in California, the state that leads the nation in production of 60 other commodities

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Annual Meeting

from page 1 member of the State Board. Chuck's wife Louise raced in a go-kart event and enjoyed meeting and greeting old acquaintances. Board member Pete Hanse and his wife Janis made sure the hospitality suite was welcoming. Board member John Ellis helped man the Young Farmers & Ranchers booth to raise funds for FARM PAC, the California Farm Bureau Fund to Protect the Family Farm. Executive Director Diana Peck met lots of people and attended classes and meetings. President Larson said he likes how the annual meeting provides a forum to meet and discuss issues. "I always like networking with farmers from other areas of the state," he said. "This year I noticed we seemed to agree on a lot more than we disagreed about and water was at the top of the list." He thought this year's meeting hit on many key water issues including the need to target legislation to build more water storage infrastructure to avert an impending crisis. Giacomazzi said this year's voting package of 56 resolutions sailed through with relatively little discussion on about 20 of them. Most of the work, he said, is done ahead of time as resolutions pass through a number of committees. In the end, he said, once the debates have ended, the whole package is voted on as a block. He added, some time gets taken up in mundane needs, such as wordsmithing, but it works like the lawmaking process ­ through compromise. "It can be an interesting process," Giacomazzi said, with the end result being the guide Farm Bureau staff uses for the upcoming year. "Since Farm Bureau is a policyoriented organization, it can't act unless there's a policy to guide decisions," he said. Giacomazzi also took part in the

Kings County Farm Bureau January 2009

Many people came by and enjoyed the KCFB hospitality suite, thanks to the efforts of Pete and Janis Hanse. The event was co-sponsored by the Fresno, Kern, Madera, Merced and Tulare offices.

Formula One car racing tournament. That and the annual golf tournament are offered as a way to have fun while building relationships. Building a contact list was high on Executive Director Peck's list of priorities to accomplish while attending her first annual meeting. She managed to meet quite a few during the social events and visits to

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the various hospitality suites. Peck said the opening session was both positive and informative. President Doug Mosebar's speech, she thought, served as a good call to action, giving members focused objectives for the coming year. "I also enjoyed sitting in on the delegate session and observing the process of establishing Farm Bureau policy," she said. "It was impressive to see the delegates, each with independent farming interests, work together to establish policy." Peck said the meeting helped her understand the importance of a united voice for agriculture. "As a group, we can make a difference with regard to the issues that affect our industry," she said, "But we all have to participate." With this in mind, Peck hopes she can help the KCFB Board in its effort to encourage more members to join Farm Team, where they can become the voice for agriculture by participating in activities that influence both public policy and the outcome of elections. John Ellis, a state board member of YF&R, was involved in promoting FARM PAC. He and other members sold tickets for a variety of gift baskets donated to the cause. Over $30,000 was raised ­ their goal ­ to support the activities of FARM PAC. KCFB Executive Assistant Kelley Hildebrand, he said, put together a gift basket donation consisting of a toy John Deere tractor and a child-size cap with the same logo. "It was a hit," he said. As an alternate delegate, Mike Maciel was on call in case one of KCFB's delegates couldn't be there to cast votes. He believes the passage of uniform sustaining dues statewide will encourage more people to join Farm Bureau. "I wasn't surprised that this passed since it was well presented by the state," he said. "Equalizing dues can increase sustaining memberships which can work to help educate the public." Maciel said a more informed public could help avoid the passage of future propositions, such as Prop 2, that are detrimental to agriculture. "We really need to focus on educating the public even more than in the past," he said.

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A Special Thank You Message During December, the Kings County Sheriff's Office Rural Crimes Investigation Unit received a $2,000 donation from Richard Martella at the A&M Livestock Auction. This donation went toward purchasing much needed equipment for the investigators in this department. In these time of budget shortfalls and uncertainity, we cannot express our thanks enough to Richard for coming forward to support our unit. Richard has been a long time backer of the Sheriff's K9 unit as well as a friend to the Rural Crime's Unit. Without people like him, our job would be much more difficult. Best Wishes On behalf of the Kings County Sheriff's Office and the Rural Crimes Investigation Unit, we wish Kings County Farm Bureau members a great New Year. Thanks to everyone who supported our unit through good, and not so good times. Darin Pearson is a senior deputy sheriff and agricultural detective with the Kings County Sheriff's office.

SHERIFF'S REPORT

Success in the Court Room

By Darin Pearson Kings County Senior Deputy Sheriff

During December 2008, Deputy District Attorney Keith Fagundes secured a guilty verdict against Cliff Sadler for the theft of bees. After Sadler was sentenced to time in a state prison, Judge Thomas DeSantos made some interesting comments. The case was aggresively prosecuted because the ag crimes are taken seriously in Kings County. Because of this, one of the factors Judge DeSantos listed in his reasoning to send Sadler to prison, was that his crime affected one of our county's most valuable resource ­ agriculture. I commend Detective Jeremiah Gilson of the Kings County Sheriff's Rural Crimes Investigation Unit on an outstanding investigation. We are also thankful for the skill and effort put forth by Keith Fagundes from the Kings County District Attorney's office. And we are very pleased, not just with the sentence Sadler recieved, but the manner in which the judge voiced his support for the agricultural community. He made it very clear that if felons choose to commit crimes against the ag community, they are going down and going down hard.

Haley Hanse greets visitors at the Producer's Dairy booth during Zoofari.

Dairy Princess

from page 1 of the meal. "We were interviewed and interacted with the judges so they could get an idea of who we were," Hanse said. "At the Dairy Dinner, all six of us had to answer a series of questions in front of the whole dairy community. I was the first girl to go on stage so I was nervous, but I was happy at the same time because they would hear me first and hopefully I would make a big impact." Hanse said she was also glad to get it over with so she could relax. Once the announcement was made at the very end of the dinner, Hanse's work began in earnest. She attended a three-day training camp in Modesto and was tasked with studying a huge binder of dairy information. The incoming group of women also received training on public speaking and etiquette. Each princess was given a scrapbook, which they must use to detail all events they attend throughout the year. Another requirement is to make at least 10 classroom visits. "So far I've visited one kindergarten class," Hanse said, citing a full first semester as a freshman in college for being unable to do more. "This next semester I'm only attending classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so I can do classroom visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays." Hanse believes one of the most important aspects of being the dairy princess is to focus on reaching out to youth. "I really want to influence their lives by educating them on the importance of the dairy and agricultural industry," she said. Hanse hopes this will encourage them to make healthy food choices as young adults. With half the year gone, Hanse is already thinking ahead to the moment when she will give her farewell speech and place the crown on the next princess. She knows thanking those who entrusted her with this honor will be at the top of her list. "I really hope I'm upholding their standards and that I will continue to work hard to promote the dairy industry in a positive light," she said. Hanse attends California State University Fresno where she plans to major in agricultural education with an emphasis on animal science. Her goal is to teach at the high school level. "FFA had a big impact on my life and as an agricultural teacher I can pass that on," Hanse said.

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By Mike Klimenko Farm Bureau Group Manager

Kings County Farm Bureau January 2009

Working With Large Animals Poses Hazards

Livestock and dairy play a big part in California agriculture and are a large reason why we rank No. 1 in agricultural production among all the states. But like all areas of farming and ranching, there are certain occupational hazards that need to be kept in mind ­ particularly when working around large, unpredictable animals. Even experienced livestock handlers are at risk and it is important to never let your guard down when dealing with these animals. Mike Klimenko Everyone who works with or around animals needs to follow some basic safety principles. While livestock generally are creatures of habit, there is no guarantee that an animal will do what you expect. Some animals are large enough to cause serious injury or death if handled improperly. Remember that it is important to always remain calm and deliberate around livestock. Strange noises, sudden movements or other animals easily startle livestock. Let an animal know your presence by a gentle touch rather than a bump or shove. Be extra careful around a strange animal or one that exhibits symptoms of fright, injury or sickness. Stay alert around female animals that have newborn or young offspring and male animals that can be aggressive. There are warning signs to watch for that may indicate animal aggressiveness or fear. These indicators vary among the various types of livestock, but can include such things as raised fur or hair, flattened ears, twitching tails, or bared teeth. Whenever possible, avoid approaching these animals until they are in a calmer state. Also keep in mind that many herd animals are calmer when handled in small groups. As a general rule, workers should approach an animal from the front and avoid its blind spots as well as the "kick zone" behind cattle and horses. Emphasize to livestock handlers that they should avoid cornering, teasing or poking animals. If you have to move a large animal such as a dairy cow into a confined place such as a stall or squeeze chute, remember to give the animal some time to adjust before handling it or working on it. And above all, leave yourself an escape route when working in close quarters. Be sure to wear proper clothing and personal protective equipment. Safety shoes or boots protect the feet against hooves, dropped items and sharp objects. Skid-resistant soles provide traction on wet, muddy, or manure-covered surfaces. Protect your hands with gloves and your head with a helmet or hardhat. For 65 years Farm Bureau & State Fund have been business partners. When your policy comes up for renewal, if you are not insured with State Fund, please be sure to get a quote in our Farm Bureau Group Program.

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they should not be counted as "fertilizer replacement" in the economic analysis. A portion of the nutrients in manure is released in subsequent years as microbes slowly break down the organic compounds. The long-term value of manure can be hard to predict and is not always positive (such as N mineralization when no crop is growing can lead to nitrate leaching). It is not recommended to overload the soil with manure in one year with expectations of a high residual value in subsequent years. It is essential to get an accurate laboratory analysis of the manure to determine its true value. Charts and books are useful as a general guide for manure composition, but cannot replace actual measurements. If it is not possible to get an analysis prior to spreading, take a sample from the tank or spreader on the day of application to send to the laboratory. Consider the nutrient requirement of the crop, the nutrient content of the manure, any yield boost supplied by the manure, the application rate required, and the cost of application. After gathering this information, the true value of the manure can be determined and compared with commercial fertilizer. From an economic point of view, the decision to utilize manure can be determined by considering several factors: · The value of the nutrients that would otherwise be purchased (and fertilizer application costs) · The savings of second-year nutrients following the initial application · Any indirect impacts of added manure (such as compaction, added organic matter, changes in tillage and weed control) · Manure hauling and transportation costs Animal manure can provide an excellent source of nutrients for crops. However, do not immediately assume that manure is a better choice than commercial fertilizer. Do a careful analysis and use the most appropriate nutrient source for your situation. For more information, contact Dr. Robert L. Mikkelsen, Western North America Director, IPNI, 4125 Sattui Court, Merced, CA 95348. Phone: (209) 725-0382. E-mail: [email protected]

Manure Uses for Crop Production

By Dr. Robert L. Mikkelsen

As the cost of fertilizer rises, farmers are increasingly looking at alternatives to provide nutrients for high-yielding crops. Many farmers are seeking manure from nearby animal producers to supplement their nutrient plans. Before jumping to the conclusion that manures are the best option for you, consider a few factors before making that decision. To determine a value for manure nutrients, the manure expenses should be compared with the cost of fertilizer nutrients that would have otherwise been purchased. Also consider the expenses of obtaining the manure and additional hauling or application costs. When a farmer buys commercial fertilizers, only those nutrients that might limit crop yield are purchased from the dealer. Manure contains many nutrients which may not be needed in the soil to boost plant growth. When considering fertilizer with manure, only the nutrients that are actually substituting for commercial fertilizer have economic value. For example, if supplemental zinc is not needed, do not credit

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economic value to the zinc that is present in the manure when making the comparison. The amount of each plant nutrient in manure is controlled by the animal diet and the storage system. Manure rarely contains nutrients in the ratio that would be recommended for crops. For example, when manure is applied to meet the N requirement of corn, it is common that that 4 to 8 times more P is added than will be taken up by the crop. When manure nutrients are applied in excess to what may be desirable,

Preventing Stripe Rust in Wheat

By Doug Munier

Wheat growers have frequently suffered great losses the last few years due to stripe rust disease. When wheat stripe rust gets severe it can infect the kernel of the grain, causing severe losses in both yield and quality. Your best first line of defense against stripe rust is to plant varieties with the highest resistance against the current strains of the disease. Based on our experience in the Sacramento Valley the last few years, the varieties that offer the

best combination of yield or quality and superior stripe rust resistance are Patwin, Expresso, Blanca Royale and Blanca Fuerte. If you are growing triticale, Trical Brand 118 looks to be your best choice. But this disease changes very quickly and there is no guarantee that a resistant variety last year will still be resistant this year. Even if you planted resistant varieties, I would suggest that you monitor your wheat fields for stripe rust at least once a week beginning in the middle of March. This disease can be identified by the distinctive, rust-colored stripes

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it causes on the leaves. There is another kind of rust that is not in stripes that infects wheat but is not nearly as damaging. As soon as you see any symptoms of wheat stripe rust, apply a fungicide. If you don't see any symptoms, hold off on an application because the resistance of the variety may still be holding up. We have done 16 wheat stripe rust fungicide trials (over 500 individually treated plots) in the Sacramento Valley over the six years from 2003 to 2008 and fortunately many materials have been effective in our trials. And we have found there is no difference between the low or high rates of these materials. On average the applications increased wheat yields by 37 percent, which translated to a 1,455-pound increase. In five of those years, timely

fungicide applications in fields with stripe rust significantly increased yields. The average yield boost ranged from 23 percent in 2003 to 60 percent in 2006. The only exception was 2004, when disease pressure turned out to be light and the applications did not improve yields. It did not make any difference whether we applied the material in the last 10 days of March or in the first 10 days of April in three years of trials of two of these fungicides. Both the early and late applications of either material significantly increased yields when wheat stripe rust was in the field. Late applications of the other materials were not labeled until recently so we have not tested their effectiveness in early vs. late applications. Given the current high price of wheat, when stripe rust pressure is high, it has been found that two sequential applications of a fungicide are even more effective and economical. After this season is over, check to see which varieties held up this year before you decide what to plant for next year's crop. Every year we screen wheat varieties for tolerance or susceptibility to this disease. Doug Munier is a University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor in Butte, Glen and Tehama counties. Reprinted courtesy of CFBF.

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ACCOUNTING M Green and Company 1483 Bailey Drive Hanford 93230.....................584-2751 Tracy Bressler CPA 770 E. Bush Lemoore, CA 93245.............924-1225 www.tracycpa.com AUTO, REPAIR, ETC. Billingsley Tire PO Box 577 Lemoore 93245....................924-3481 Liberty CDJ 369 North Eleventh Ave Hanford, CA 93230..............583-7000 BANKING/FINANCIAL Bank of the Sierra 427 W. Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230-4437............585-6700 Bank of the West 4010 S. Demaree Visalia, CA 93277.................738-9060 Federal Land Bank of Kingsburg PO Box 1838 Hanford 93232.....................584-5401 Farm Credit West PO Box 1208 1111 W. Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230.....................584-2681 Union Bank of California 7108 N. Fresno, Ste 200 Fresno 93720.......................582-8088 Rabobank 218 N. Douty Street Hanford 93230.....................587-9680 Wells Fargo 200 W. 7th Street Hanford, CA 93230..............582-4444 BROKERS/COMMODITIES Baker Commodities Inc. P.O. Box 1286 Hanford, CA 93232..............582-0271 Buttonwillow Warehouse Co. P.O. Box 1028 Corcoran 92212...................992-5120 Cal Cot Ltd. PO Box 259 Bakersfield, 93302......(661) 327-5961 Crisp Warehouse PO Box 490 Lemoore 93245....................947-9221 Hay Mart Inc. 19745 Grangeville Avenue Lemoore, CA 93245.............924-4414 Imperial Western Products 3766 E. Conejo Ave. Selma, CA 93662.................891-2600 McCann & Sons Hay Services 21157 Fairfax Avenue Lemoore, CA 93245....(209) 905-7119 Mello Hay Company 14652 Geneva Ave. Hanford, CA 93230..............589-0300 Moore Ag Products Company Inc. P.O. Box 1077 Hanford, CA 93232..............583-7413 Penny Newman Milling Co. PO Box 26250 Fresno 93729.......................448-8800 RS Martinez Hay Sales Inc. 19593 Fair Oaks Ave. Lemoore, CA 93245.............924-2819 CHEMICALS & APPLICATORS Blair Air Services, Inc. 19101 Kent Avenue Lemoore 93245....................924-1276

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Directory of Farm Bureau Supporting Business Members

them in return. Let them know you are a Farm Bureau member when you do business with them. New Business Support Members are always welcome. This is a special category for those who may not be

EQUIPMENT & DEALERS Bellamy Equipment Brokers 2396 S. Golden State Blvd Fowler 93625.......................834-5520 Hanford Equipment Co. 309 E. 7th Street Hanford 93230.....................582-0443 Kings Equipment Company, Inc. PO Box 1207 Hanford 93232.....................582-9393 Lawrence Tractor PO Box 946 Hanford 93232.....................582-9002 Linder Equipment PO Box 1139 Tulare 93274........................685-5000 McLellan Industries, Inc. 13221 Crown Avenue Hanford................................582-8100 Orton's Equipment PO Box 267 Stratford 93266....................582-5253 Quality Machinery 13375 Hanford Armona Rd Hanford 93230.....................582-4456 Quinn Company PO Box 578 Corcoran 93212...................992-2193 Westside Pump Company PO Box 588 San Joaquin 93660..............693-4315 FARMS & RANCHES Alcala Farms 12591 10th Avenue Hanford 93230.....................585-1667 Barreto & Silveira 11305 Second Ave. Hanford, CA 93230..............584-4807 Bertao Livestock 13256 Elder Ave. Hanford, CA 93230..............583-9727 J.G. Boswell Company P.O. Box 877 Corcoran, CA 93212.............992-5011 Grabow Farming 12522 9th Avenue Hanford 93230.....................582-1580 Longfellow Farming Co. 14782 8th Avenue Hanford 93230.....................584-4880 Mid Cal Farms Inc. 24344 4th Avenue Corcoran 93212...................992-2185 RGT Farming Co. 9036 Flint Ave Hanford 93230......................897-6611 Gary Robinson 10835 Furlong Dr. Hanford, CA 93230..............945-2897 Taylor Farms 7290 Kent Avenue Hanford 93230.....................584-3798 FARM SUPPLY Sawtelle & Rosprim Hardware Inc. 1161 North Avenue Corcoran 93212...................992-2128 Evangelho Seed Co. PO Box 694 Lemoore 93245....................924-9554 Limas Country Seeds 2025 S. Polk Ave. Riverdale 93656...................924-1800 FOOD SERVICES Avila Acres Country Gourmet 8768 Flint Avenue Hanford, CA 93230..............584-5935

active in production agriculture, but who support agricultural enterprise and the Farm Bureau's work. Call the Farm Bureau Office at 584-3557 for more information on becoming a Business Member.

Morgan & Slates Mfg & Supplies 12918 Hanford Armona Road Hanford 93230.....................582-4417 Sawtelle & Rosprim Machine Co. 542 Otis Avenue Corcoran 93212....................992-2117 Smith Welding Shop 215 E. Amber Way Hanford 93230.....................584-8652 PETROLEUM Buford Oil Co. Inc. PO Box 104 Hanford 93232.....................582-9028 Gary V. Burrows Inc. PO Box 546, Lemoore 93245....................924-2064 Dassel's Petroleum Inc. 9535 E. Third Street Hanford 93230.....................582-8515 Julien Oil Co. PO Box 750 Visalia 93279.......................732-2151 J. C. Lansdowne, Inc. PO Box 6070 Visalia 93290.......................651-1760 Roe Oil Company 9190 E. Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230.....................584-5690 PROCESSORS Central Valley Cooperative 9845 Hanford Armona Rd Hanford 93230.....................582-0321 ConAgra Food Ingredients 9301 Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230......................584-2711 County Line Gin 12095 2nd Avenue Hanford 93230.....................584-7489 Leprino Foods Co. 490 F Street Lemoore 93245....................924-7722 SK Foods P.O. Box 160 Lemoore, CA 93245............924-6500 Stratford Growers P O Box 68 Stratford 93266....................947-3072 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Dias Law Firm 502 W. Grangeville Blvd. Hanford 93230.....................585-7330 Kahn Soares & Conway 219 N. Douty St. Hanford, CA 93230..............584-3337 Kings County EDC 120 N. Irwin St. Hanford 93230.....................585-3576 REAL ESTATE SERVICES Pearson Realty 1820 S. Central Street, Suite C Visalia 93277.......................732-7300 TRANSPORTATION Cotta Trucking Co. Inc. P.O. Box 323 Stratford 93266....................947-3315 E&B Bulk Transportation 12447 12th Ave. Hanford, CA 93230..............582-9135 KART 629 W. Davis Hanford, CA 93230..............584-0101

Blair Ground Services 10101 Kent Avenue Lemoore 93245....................924-1276 Britz Fertilizers, Inc. 12498 11th Avenue Hanford 93230.....................582-0942 Calarco Inc. PO Box 727 Corcoran 93212...................992-3127 Helena Chemical PO Box 1263 Hanford 93232.....................582-0291 Lakeland Dusters 7124 Whitley Corcoran 93212...................992-5716 Silveira's Precision Ground Service 13498 15th Ave. Hanford, CA 93230..............582-5644 Souzas Enterprises Inc. P.O. Box 1285 Hanford, CA 93232..............584-9256 Western Farm Service 13241 Crown Avenue Hanford 93230.....................584-5583 CUSTOM SERVICES Advanced Agricultural Services, Inc. 17459 10th Ave. Hanford, CA 93230..............582-5402 All Valley Printing & Graphics 415 E. Seventh Street Hanford, CA 93230.............584-5444 Alpha Designs 316-B East 4th Street Hanford, CA 93230..............583-6476 Danell Brothers Inc. 8265 Hanford Armona Road Hanford, CA 93230..............582-1251 Dias & Fragoso 6770 Excelsior Avenue Hanford 93230.....................584-8036 Hanford Roofing Company 11101 10 ½ Avenue Hanford, CA 93230.............582-5607 Kaweah Office Products 213 N. Douty Hanford, CA 93230..............582-9366 Lemoore Net Inc. 237 C St. Lemoore, CA 93245.............924-5909 Bobby Nester Electric 5259 18th Avenue Laton 93242.........................923-4070 Netto Ag, Inc. 10044 Flint Ave. Hanford 93230.....................585-2097 SBS Farm Service Inc P.O. Box 165 Lemoore, CA 93245.............906-4306 Wood Bros., Inc PO Box 216 Lemoore 93245....................924-7715 DAIRIES/DAIRY SUPPLIERS Atsma-Cameron Dairy 5811 Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230.....................582-8137 Avila Dairy Equipment 9211 Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230.....................582-9649 J.C.J. Dairy, Inc. 6269 Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230.....................584-4231 John De Jong Dairy Inc. 3742 Lacey Blvd. Hanford, CA 93230..............584-6780 Vet Pharmaceutical Inc. 13159 Hanford Armona Rd Hanford 93230.....................582-6800 ENERGY GWF Power Systems 285 Hotchkiss Dr Lemoore 93245....................924-2078

Eddies Catering 16391 6 1/2 Avenue Hanford, CA 93230..............582-8126 Pizza Factory 1117 Whitley Avenue Corcoran, CA 93212............992-3148 Superior Dairy 325 N. Douty Street Hanford, CA 93230..............582-0481 HOME BUILDERS Parkins Construction 1368 E. Florinda Hanford 93230.....................977-9929 INSURANCE SERVICES Bacome Insurance PO Box 1129 Hanford 93232.....................584-3323 Golden State Crop & Ins Service P.O. Box 905 Hanford, CA 93232..............587-9007 Mackey & Mackey Insurance PO Box 1209 Hanford 93232.....................583-9393 Pacific Ag Insurance Agency 1711 North 11th Avenue Hanford, CA 93230..............584-3391 State Compensation Ins. Fund PO Box 40000 Fresno 93755.......................433-2600 IRRIGATION/UTILITIES/WELLS Bennett & Bennett Irrigation PO Box 608 Armona 93202.....................582-9336 Kaweah Pump Inc 15499 Ave 280 Visalia, CA 93292................747-0755 Kings County Water District 200 N. Campus Drive Hanford 93230.....................584-6412 Laguna Irrigation District 5065 19½ Ave. Riverdale, CA 93656............923-4239 Myers Bros. 8650 E. Lacey Blvd Hanford 93230.....................582-9031 Southern California Edison Co. 2425 S Blackstone Street Tulare, CA 93274.................685-3760 West Valley Supply 11958 17th Avenue Lemoore 93245....................924-3442 JEANS `N THINGS Workingman's Store 216 N. Irwin Street Hanford 93230.....................584-3914 LABOR MKC 1115 Norboe Corcoran 93212...................647-7705 Proteus, Inc. 124 N. Irwin Hanford, CA 93230..............582-9253 Sunrise Farm Labor 37074 Bufalo Coalinga, CA 93210.............945-2292 LANDSCAPING E & B Landscape 12319 12th Avenue Hanford 93230.....................584-6480 MANUFACTURING Jim Harp's Stainless Steel Welding 6731 N. 11th Avenue Hanford 93230......................582-6011

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approximately 36 percent of total pesticide VOC emissions. In the Southeast Desert, which includes parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, approximately 72 percent of pesticide VOC emissions are from fumigants and in Ventura County, approximately 87 percent. DPR is already working with farmers on reducing VOC emissions through restrictions on fumigation methods with high emissions, reformulation of nonfumigant pesticides and development of low-emission application technology. For example, DPR recently received $160,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce VOCs from pesticide use in peach, almond and walnut orchards in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. The revised rules follow a decision in August by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on DPR's commitment in the 1994 State Implementation Plan (SIP). The federal Clean Air Act requires each state to submit a SIP for achieving and maintaining federal air quality standards for ozone. The appellate court found that the lower court did not have authority to order DPR to adopt regulations to cut pesticide air emissions by 20 percent from 1991 levels in five areas not meeting the federal Clean Air Act standards for ozone. DPR appealed the lower court ruling to uphold its authority to decide the most effective way to regulate pesticide emissions, with the approval of appropriate federal and state agencies. The proposed rules leave in place restrictions on application methods to reduce VOC fumigant emissions, change the emission level that triggers fumigant allowances and delay the potential for triggering fumigant allowances until 2011 in all areas except Ventura County. Fumigant allowances already are required each year in Ventura County through at least 2012. Allowances are included in the permit required for fumigant use issued by the local agricultural commissioner. The proposed rules will: · Set total pesticide emission levels in five areas of the state that are not meeting national air quality standards for ozone based on reductions from 1990 emission levels rather than the 1991 levels required by the overturned court order. DPR based the revised rules on 1990 emissions because that is the year when the federal Clean Air Act first required states to track and reduce air pollution. · Set the emission level in the San Joaquin Valley at 18.1 tons per day, a 12 percent reduction from 1990 levels that is consistent with DPR's commitment under the 1994 SIP. The San Joaquin Valley includes all of Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties and part of Kern County. "The Department of Pesticide Regulation will continue to strive to improve air quality while balancing the ability of farmers to implement the changes necessary to reduce pesticide emissions," Warmerdam said.

DPR Proposes Revised Fumigant Rules to Reduce Air Pollution

SACRAMENTO ­ The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) today proposed revised rules to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) fumigant emissions that contribute to smog in areas with poor air quality. The San Joaquin Valley would be most affected by the revised rules. "In coordination with California Air Resources Board staff, we have developed rules that protect public health and prevent economic hardship to farmers who grow our food," DPR Director Mary Ann Warmerdam said. "Reducing air emissions from pesticides is complex and requires a comprehensive approach. These revised rules will give us needed flexibility, while fulfilling our commitment to cleaner air for all Californians." The revised rules target fumigants, gaseous pesticides that farmers use before planting to

DPR Director Mary Ann Warmerdam

control disease, weeds and pests in the soil. Fumigants are VOCs that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. Fumigant VOC emissions are a significant portion of the total pesticide VOC emissions. In the San Joaquin Valley, fumigants comprise

Ag Facts

-- California produces most of the grapes grown in the United States -- Combined processing within Kings County alone exceeds 7 million pounds of milk per day -- Honey production in Kings County outpaces several states including Colorado and Washington

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KCFB IN ACTION

December Activities

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Conducted the following meetings/events: o Executive Board Meeting o Winter Wine Showcase Committee Meeting o Farm Day Committee Meeting President Tim Larson, Vice President Jim Crisp and Board Members Dino Giacomazzi, Mike Maciel, Pete Hanse and John Ellis; District Director/Board Member Chuck Draxler; Executive Director Diana Peck; and Communications Director Amy Roberts attended the California Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting in Burlingame. KCFB Board Members held a meeting with Congressman Jim Costa regarding the San Joaquin River Settlement pending legislation. Board Member Michael Miya attended the Kings County General Plan Advisory Committee meeting. Board Members Crisp and Maciel; and Executive Director Peck attended a South Valley Caucus of Kings, Tulare and Madera County Farm Bureaus for review of CFBF Policy Resolutions. Executive Director Peck and Executive Assistant Kelley Hildebrand attended a meeting of California Women for Agriculture, Kings-Tulare Chapter.

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Gonzalo Ramirez, a safety instructor from the California Safety Training office in Bakersfield, grades tests after teaching a haz-mat course sponsored by KCFB on Thursday, Dec. 11, in Hanford. The morning class was taught in English and the afternoon session was for Spanish speakers. Attendees earned a special training verification document to legally transport hazardous materials on public roadways without a commercial driver's license.

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