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  • Commitment is all around us

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Jack Hamm, SJFB President One of the great things of being president is I have the opportunity to attend many different functions and events that are related to agriculture in our county.  To me it is fascin...
  • Speaking with a Unified voice

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President After almost two years now, I’m still sticking to my theme: “Tell your story, create relationships and make change happen!” I just arrived back from the Delta Caucus lo...
  • Good and bad things from 2012

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President Happy 2013 Everyone! I hope everyone had a joyous and relaxing Christmas and New Year’s with your family and friends and Santa Claus was kind to all that were kind to us farmers an...
  • Drought conditions hit California, ag worried

    By Craig W. Anderson California’s dry weather is not officially a drought despite the first 10 months of 2013 being the driest on record since 1895, according to the National Climatic Data Center. ...
  • Good infrastructure is a must

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Jack Hamm, SJFB President Infrastructure is the new buzz word of 2014. Everyone is pushing to improve our infrastructure. From President Obama, to Gov. Brown and the state Legislature, they are all talking about ...
  • Help us defeat job killing bills

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President Harvest is going in high gear in our county and so are the job killing bills up in Sacramento. While all of us are busy tending our crops and trying to feed the world, the bureaucrats up...
  • SJ County Fair canceled; to return in 2015

    By Craig W. Anderson The San Joaquin County Fair Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to cancel the 2014 County Fair in order to have more time to “develop the resources and come back better and stronger in 2015,” said board Pr...
  • Two examples of bad policy

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President This month, I am going to stand on my "soap box" and give my commentary. First, the 2012 Farm Bill. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the proposed U.S. Senate versi...
  • Landowners fed up with landfill

    BY CRAIG W. ANDERSON Forward Landfill rises up above an almond orchard on South Austin Road. Photo by Kevin Swartzendruber Forward Landfill, the refuse Goliath squatting on South Austin Road continues to raise the ire of area reside...
  • Meza receives Excellence in Agriculture Award

    Farm Bureau News Daniel Meza, SJFB member, county YF&R chairman, 2012 Leadership Farm Bureau graduate and a frequent volunteer for educational activities, received the Excellence in Agriculture Award at the CFBF annual meeting in Monterey. ...
  • Much gained from “One Voice” trip

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President After 12 months, I'm still sticking to my theme, "Tell your story, create relationships and make change happen!" I just arrived back from the San Joaquin Council of Governm...
  • Proposed river-flow plan threatens ag

    BY CRAIG W. ANDERSON Agriculture would be significantly affected by a proposal to change “unimpaired” water flow in the San Joaquin River. Pictured is the lower San Joaquin River, at the head of the distributary Old River. ...
  • Junqueiro finalist in discussion meet

    Farm Bureau News Effective discussion of how Farm Bureau can engage farmers and ranchers to promote agriculture earned Beth Sequeira of Hanford first place in the annual YF&R Open Discussion Meet held during the CFBF annual meeting in Monterey....
  • AFBF Strategic Action Plan sets direction for 2014

    CFBF President Bob Stallman presents the County Activities of Excellence Award to the San Joaquin Farm Bureau for their AgVenture Farmer's Market program at the AFBF Convention last month in San Antonio, Texas. Photo by CFBF By Craig W. Ande...
  • Strong membership is key

    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Bruce Fry, SJFB President Remember my motto: Tell your story, create relationships and make change happen. I am still sticking to it. This past month I have been attending, along with my officer team, the Fa...
  • Metal theft plays major role in rural crime wave

    Sims Metal has a strict policy for accepting scrap metal to discourage thieves, including asking questions about where the metals are from, verifying the information with a phone call, collecting valid IDs, vehicle licenses, picture of ticket tra...
  • Wildlife Refuge plan still faces ag land owners

    Craig W. Anderson The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is back with its plan to expand the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge corridor west of Modesto into San Joaquin County west of Manteca. The refuge would swell from 12,887 acres to more t...
  • Delta Wetland Project resurrected

    14,850 acres of farmland threatened BY CRAIG W. ANDERSON If the Delta Wetlands Project is successful, agriculture on Bouldin Island, shown in the picture, will be gone forever. Like a 25-year-old zombie, the Delta Wetlands Project ...
  • Wildlife refuge expansion plan still lurking

    BY CRAIG W. ANDERSON The expansion of the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge remains a challenging presence to landowners along its path as it’s grown from 12,887 acres to more than 35,000 acres and recent maps of the enlarged refuge ...
  • Harvest good in some areas, not good in others

    By Craig W. Anderson Harvest time around the county mostly brings good news, but can it match the record year in 2012? Photo by Joe Valente San Joaquin County’s gross value of agricultural production in 2012 was more than $2.8 billion,...