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  • Cattleman, ag leader Pat Connolly passes

    Pat Connolly left a huge legacy on agriculture in San Joaquin County. Photo courtesy of CFBF. By Julie Phillips Randles Pat Connolly, a leading voice for SJFB on such issues as the Williamson Act and Country of Origin Labeling for beef, d...
  • European Grapevine Moth quarantine lifted

    By Craig W. Anderson First, the USDA announced $8 million in additional emergency funding was on the way to help control and eradicate the European Grapevine Moth and then state and federal agricultural officials announced the 18 month quarantine h...
  • County’s “other” crops a hidden giant

    By Craig W. Anderson The Top Ten Leading Crops for any given year represents a huge chunk of San Joaquin County’s agricultural production dollars and provides a benchmark of the county’s agricultural stature. In 2010 the usual susp...
  • Spray Safe helps makes spraying safer

    CDFA Undersecretary Sandra Shubert delivers the keynote address at the Spray Safe event. Photo by Goff Photography. By Craig W. Anderson More than 200 growers, landowners and ag business representatives comprised an interested and focused...
  • Truck rule reporting extended to March 30

    Farm Bureau News The Air Resources Board (ARB) has moved the 2011 mileage reporting deadline for on-road diesel trucks registered for agricultural use to March 30, 2012. Those affected by the rule need to make sure they’ve tracked their ...
  • Native Sod Program a hit with grass users

    By Craig W. Anderson California Native Sod grown on McDonald Island by Delta Bluegrass Company is being used to restore areas, including levees, with grass varieties that grew in the Valley before 1850. “These native species are those th...
  • Meetings are key to our success

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President Phew! That was a busy month, from attending and speaking at the Farm Center Annual Meetings, the CFBF Specialty Crop Commodity Advisory Committee, CFBF Leadership Conference, Ag Venture,...
  • SJFB receives Golden State Award from CFBF

    CFBF President Paul Wenger (left) and First Vice President Kenny Watkins (right) present the Golden State Award to SJFB President Jack Hamm and Executive Director Bruce Blodgett during the CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey last month. Photo by CFBF ...
  • Wine Tasting features a “Taste of San Joaquin”

    Farm Bureau News Over the 20 years the SJFB Foundation Wine Tasting and Auction has generated more than $250,000 for scholarships to college students pursuing an agricultural-oriented curriculum and funding to educate thousands of teachers and stud...
  • Restrictions proposed ON FARM KIDS

    by craig w. anderson The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed rules that would amend the Child Labor in Agriculture regulations to “strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture,” said the department in t...
  • Productive work at AFBF meeting

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President Farm Bureau, “Many Voices, One Vision.” This was the theme at the 2013 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. In this political climate we are in now days, t...
  • SJ water expert Alex Hildebrand passes Jan. 23

    Alex Hildebrand is shown in this file photo walking his fields in the Delta. Photo by Goff Photography. FARM BUREAU NEWS Alex Hildebrand defended the Delta’s water, fought against a peripheral canal and defended water rights statew...
  • SJ Valley air projects announced

    By Craig W. Anderson Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency came to Stockton recently and announced during a ceremony in the Central California Traction Company Rail Yard that $5 million of $21 million in grant funding will be ...
  • Ag exports to China good and growing

    By Craig W. Anderson Agriculture exports from California to China/Hong Kong have been big time bright spots for the state’s farmers and ranchers and wine in particular is faring quite well. Wine According the California Chamber of Comm...
  • Many people make us successful

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President I would like to thank the membership for electing me for a second term as president of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau. I am again honored and excited about the future of the San Joaquin Far...
  • Immigration reform law needed

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President June was a busy one, between dealing with cherry harvest, winery ordinance, labor shortages, AB 1313 [takes away the 10 hour work day to 8 hours], AB 2346 [makes outrageous changes to th...
  • What a great time of year!

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President Late summer/early fall is the time of year I enjoy the most as a farmer. It's harvest time! Yeah, its long hours and dirty work, but that is what we love as agriculturalists. You get to s...
  • Where’s the real air problem?

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President OK, I am for clean air and clean water, but the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] and DPR [Department of Pesticide Regulation] are hindering businesses not helping by implementing mo...
  • Air rules are over the top

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President I found two articles in The Stockton Record over the last couple of days that I want to comment on: "Cap and trade programs gets passing grade" and "Proposal to increase n...
  • Standing together makes us strong

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Jack Hamm, SJFB President I often get asked questions about why the Farm Bureau takes positions on topics that may affect only a few growers in one area or another. I have also heard that we stand in the way of m...