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Welcome to the website of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation. This site is updated regularly with news and issues related to farming in the San Joaquin Valley, such as proposed and present governmental regulations and laws, which affect agriculture. In addition, you may sign up for our email notification program and receive special notification of issues and events related to your particular area of interest.

 

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COVID-19 Updates

San Joaquin Farm Bureau Office

In response to the Governor's statewide shelter in place announcements on March 19th, the SJFB office will be closed until further notice.

  • All staff will be available via email and phone. Please be patient as staff will continue to be there working for agriculture.
  • The office telephone (290) 931-4931 will be forwarded to our Executive Director, Bruce Blodgett.
  • We will be utilizing our social media network to quickly send out updates and information. Please like the SJFB Facebook and Instagram pages
  • We can schedule an appointment if you need labor law posters/booklets or signs from our office.
  • If you are not receiving our Friday Review e-newsletter, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to this weekly email update.
  • SJFB is gathering information on growers/business who sell directly to the public/local stores so the public will be able to support the local growers and economy. SJFB Direct Sales Survey

 

San Joaquin County

  • COVID-19 Testing Sites- San Joaquin County
  • Make a free appointment in Lodi at OptumServe. If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123. Appointments available Monday-Friday.
  • Testing through Project Baseline is provided free of charge Monday through Saturday near San Joaquin General Hospital. Complete the screening at Project Baseline.
  • Also FIND A FREE TESTING SITE NEAR YOU through Congressman Harder's website.

 

San Joaquin Ag Commissioner's Office

N95 Masks Available

These will be distributed free of charge, to members of the ag industry, which includes growers, pest control businesses, and packing sheds in San Joaquin County, on a first come, first serve basis. As N95 particulate respirators may be used when handling certain pesticides (always refer to your registered label) our office will only be distributing N95 masks to operations with pesticide handler activities where N95 masks are required.

If you need masks for dust or for COVID-19 protection purposes our office has surgical style masks currently available.

N95 Mask Supplier
https://www.safelymakingca.org/ (Nomad Goods Inc)

List of PPE Suppliers
Top 40 Industrial Distributors

A4 Promotions flyer for in-stock PPE items

Alternatives for PPE for Pesticide Handling. N95 and Gloves

  • KN-95 masks may not be used as a N-95 respirator substitute when handling pesticides.

Farm Employers Labor Service

  • FELS has multiple links and resources on its COVID-19 News & Resources for Farm Employers webpage
  • N95 Respirators - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released guidance for extended use and re-use of N95 respirators (commonly used for agricultural pesticide applications) in healthcare settings; while the guidance is intended for healthcare settings, it may offer useful insights for ag employers given the acute shortage of N95 respirators. You can read more here .

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

Below is the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 guidance, checklists and videos that can be sent out as educational material to the agricultural sectors.

Cal/OSHA Checklist and Guidance:

English(Video Transcript) – Posted May 20, 2020

Español(transcripción de video en español) – Posted May 29, 2020

Mixteco(Mixteco Video Transcript) – Posted June 5, 2020 

 

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 11

Applying for CFAP: 

Growers, especially those who have not worked with FSA previously, are recommended to call 877-508-8364 to begin the application process. An FSA staff member can help producers start their application during the phone call.

Also, on the CFAP website — farmers.gov/cfap — growers can:

  • Download the AD-3114 application form and manually complete the form to submit to their local USDA Service Center by mail, electronically or by hand delivering it to their local office or office drop box. 
  • Complete the application form using the CFAP Application Generator and Payment Calculator. This Excel workbook allows growers to input information specific to their operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed and then signed and submitted to their local USDA Service Center. 
  • If growers have login credentials known as eAuthentication, they can use the online CFAP Application Portal to certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center. 

All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded at farmers.gov/cfap. For existing FSA customers, these documents are likely already on file. 

Additional Information:

Additional commodities are now covered by the CFAP in response to public comments and data. The following additional commodities are now eligible for CFAP:

  • Specialty Crops: aloe leaves, bananas, batatas, bok choy, carambola (star fruit), cherimoya, chervil (french parsley), citron, curry leaves, daikon, dates, dill, donqua (winter melon), dragon fruit (red pitaya), endive, escarole, filberts, frisee, horseradish, kohlrabi, kumquats, leeks, mamey sapote, maple sap (for maple syrup), mesculin mix, microgreens, nectarines, parsley, persimmons, plantains, pomegranates, pummelos, pumpkins, rutabagas, shallots, tangelos, turnips/celeriac, turmeric, upland/winter cress, water cress, yautia/malanga, and yuca/cassava. 
  • Non-Specialty Crops and Livestock: liquid eggs, frozen eggs and all sheep. Only lambs and yearlings (sheep less than two years old) were previously eligible. 
  • Aquaculture: catfish, crawfish, largemouth bass and carp sold live as foodfish, hybrid striped bass, red drum, salmon, sturgeon, tilapia, trout, ornamental/tropical fish, and recreational sportfish. 
  • Nursery Crops and Flowers: nursery crops and cut flowers. 

Other changes to CFAP include:

  • Seven commodities – onions (green), pistachios, peppermint, spearmint, walnuts and watermelons – are now eligible for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act funding for sales losses. Originally, these commodities were only eligible for payments on marketing adjustments.
  • Correcting payment rates for onions (green), pistachios, peppermint, spearmint, walnuts, and watermelons.

Additional details can be found in the Federal Register in the Notice of Funding Availability and Final Rule Correction and at www.farmers.gov/cfap.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): FMLA & Paid Sick Leave Expansion

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will impose new federal workplace mandates, including an expansion of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the first-ever federal Paid Sick Leave (PSL) mandate.

FFCRA is applicable to all employers with fewer than 500 employees . Questions? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-753-9073.

  • If you employ fewer than 500 employees and are covered by FFCRA leave requirements PRINT & POST IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ALONG WITH OTHER WORKPLACE POSTINGS . You can read more here . A covered employer must post the notice in a conspicuous place on its premises but “may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website.”
  • Guidance for employers on implementation of expanded Family & Medical Leave Act leaves and new federal Paid Sick Leave required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). You can read more here .
  • Banking & Finance

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

  • Congress Extends Paycheck Protection Program
    On Saturday, President Trump signed a bill that will extend the application period for the SBA's PPP through August 8, 2020. The program, originally included in the CARES Act, was originally set to expire June 30, 2020. This extension will allow farmers and ranchers additional time to consult with their accountant, tax preparer and/or financial advisor(s) about the PPP application to ensure the proper documentation has been completed and reviewed. The SBA has reported that over $130 billion remains unexpended in the program.
  • Additionally, the SBA has issued an interim final rule that incorporates the loan forgiveness changes of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. llowing an application for loan forgiveness, instead of the current two-year deadline set by the SBA. That provision would apply to PPP loans issued after the measure is enacted, though borrowers and lenders could agree to extend current loans. The SBA also has also released a new EZ PPP loan forgiveness application form. The Flexibility Act requires SBA to create a more "borrower-friendly" application form. SBA and Treasury have also released a revised full PPP loan forgiveness application form. Again, we encourage members to consult with their accountant, tax preparer and/or financial advisor about the PPP application and loan forgiveness process to ensure all the proper documentation has been completed and reviewed. Additionally, specific application questions can be submitted directly to SBA via the SBA Customer Service Center by calling 1-800-659-2955 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Small Business Administration-Paycheck Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Banking and Finance

  • On CFBF’s COVID-19 “Industry Resource” page, https://www.cfbf.com/industry-resource/ added information from CDFA’s Market Enforcement Branch for producers who have experienced cancelled contracts or have not been paid in full by vendors as a result of COVID-19.

Farm to Family - helping food banks

  • The ag community can help food banks at a time of great need that has resulted in a rapid increase in unemployment and a huge increase in demand on food banks.
  • CAFB has a dedicated staff member, Steven Linkhart, working on the Farm to Family program and has perfected its system to make contributions as convenient and streamlined as possible.
  • Food Banks also have some funding to pay a minimal amount to help cover harvest and packing costs of fresh product. Visit www.cafoodbanks.org to learn more about the Farm to Family program.
  • #StillFarming
  • As part of a social media campaign, Farm Bureau is encouraging America's farmers and ranchers to use #StillFarming on your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts to demonstrate that farmers and ranchers across the country are working diligently to provide a healthy and affordable food supply.
  • If you have any pictures of current active harvests, packing houses in action, tractors rolling in the field, tractors on the move, cows getting milked we'd like to start pushing that out on our social media pages. You can send those pictures and any description of what is going on in the picture to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will also forward some to CFBF.

COVID-19 Resource Links

 

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