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By Vicky Boyd

Ag industry will be hit hard if Prop 15 passes
Proposition 15 would redefine commercial and industrial structures subject to reassessment to include barns, food processors,packinghouses, dairy milking parlors and other buildings related to food and fiber production. Photo by Vicky Boyd.

The San Joaquin Farm Bureau is ramping up efforts to educate county producers about how detrimental Proposition 15 – also referred to as the “split-roll property tax initiative” – will be to their operations.

By Vicky Boyd

Despite a $49 million dip in fruit and nut crop values, San Joaquin County’s overall 2019 farmgate worth was $2,617,815,000, a 0.91% increase over the nearly $2.6 billion produced in 2018. County Agriculture Commissioner Tim Pelican attributed the county’s diversified crop portfolio for the resilient farmgate values.

By Craig W. Anderson

San Joaquin County and the San Joaquin Agricultural Commissioner’s Office are actively working on initiating a plan – Housing to Harvest Disaster Relief program – that would provide COVID-19 testing for county ag workers and housing for those who test positive covering the two-week quarantine period.

By Craig W. Anderson

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has expanded its list of eligible commodities again, providing more growers who’ve been adversely affected by the COVID pandemic to receive some financial relief.

The additions were prompted by data researched by the USDA and public comments; the deadline for applying to the program was also extended to Sept. 11.

By Vicky Boyd

San Joaquin Delta College’sagricultural program, which only a few years ago was gasping for life, appears to have turned the corner with completion of the new livestock pavilion and the hiring of two new ag faculty.

Nevertheless, supporters say the program has yet to reach its full potential and return to the local draw for ag education it once was.

By Vicky Boyd

SJ County issued drought designation
Diana Connolly, who runs a cow-calf operation with her family near Tracy, typically doesn’t have to feed hay during the forage season that runs January through April. This year, they did because of unusually dry conditions. Photo by Vicky Boyd.

San Joaquin County is among 22 counties in the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared primary natural disaster areas June 16, providing producers and small businesses access to emergency loans.