Kings County Farm Bureau

At Kings County Farm Bureau, our mission is to provide education, promotion and representation of agriculture. Whether you’re a farmer, rancher or dairyman, we are here to advocate for you at the local, state and federal levels, protecting your right to farm.

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Kings County Farm Bureau’s Friends of Farm Bureau program is a one- time annual donation to allow businesses and individuals to express their commitment to our goals of supporting local farmers through educational programs, training classes, industry workshops, political activism, and community involvement.

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FarmLife News

Farm Life is Kings County Farm Bureau’s newly formatted newspaper. To submit a story idea or if you’re interested in advertising, please contact Stephanie Murphy at smurphy@kcfb.org.

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Events

From Safety Seminars to Agricultural Education fundraisers – we host various events for our membership and for the promotion of agricultural education.

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February 24, 2016 – Haz-mat class at KCFB office

9 a.m. to noon – Spanish, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – English

March 1, 2016 – Farm Day

March 4, 2016 KCFB scholarship applications due

March 5, 2016 – YF&R Wine Tour

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Ensure your heat illness prevention plan is in place: Protect yourself and your employees this summer

With the Valley’s stifling summer heat just around the corner, it’s time for all farmers and ranchers to make sure they have a heat illness prevention plan in place. In order to protect yourself and your employees as warmer weather approaches, it’s important to make sure you’re in compliance with the Heat Illness Prevention Standard. Last year, the California ag industry didn’t experience any heat illness-related deaths – a trend that can continue if employers remain committed to taking the necessary precautions. Cal/OSHA’s updated heat rule, which took effect last May, implemented a lower heat temperature to trigger a requirement to provide shade for workers, additional requirements to monitor and treat employees taking a rest, and mandatory pre-shift meetings to review high heat procedures. Under the new Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard, California employers are required to take the following four steps to prevent heat illness. Training. Workers should be trained in risk factors, how to recognize the signs of heat illness and in first aid. When training employees, important tips include staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, eating light meals, dressing appropriately in light-colored, lightweight clothing and a hat, and wearing sunscreen. All employees should be trained in how to notify emergency services should the need arise. Water. Employers are required to provide two gallons of fresh, pure, suitably cool drinking water per employee during an eight-hour shift. Each employee should have access to at least one quart at all times. Encourage employees to drink about one cup of water every 20 minutes, and to avoid dehydrating beverages like caffeinated soda, coffee, tea and alcohol. Shade. Employees... read more

California lawmakers raise minimum wage to $15

California is on their way to a $15 an hour minimum wage. Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown, state legislators and some of the state’s most powerful labor unions struck a lightning fast deal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 in 2017, $11 in 2018 and a dollar each year through 2022. Lawmakers approved the country’s highest statewide minimum wage on March 31. The Assembly passed SB3 with a 48-26 vote. The Senate followed, 26-12. All but two Democratic Assembly members voted for the increase, but the measure didn’t get a single Republican vote in either chamber. As of press time, the legislation was awaiting Brown’s signature. The increase will boost the wages of about 6.5 million Californians, or 43 percent of the state’s workforce, who earn less than $15, according to the National Employment Law Project. At $10 an hour, California’s minimum wage is already among the highest in the nation, and this move makes it the first state to lift base pay to such a level. The federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 an hour for more than six years. Businesses with 26 or more workers will be affected, while companies with 25 or fewer employees will have an additional year to meet each wage minimum. The deal includes annual cost-of-living increases of as much as 3.5 percent after 2022, depending on the consumer price index. Democrats hail the move as a way out of poverty for minimum wage workers and say it will help narrow the gap between rich and poor. Republicans and business groups like the California Chamber of Commerce opposed the increase for fear it will strain government... read more

KCFB directors attend Annual Leaders Conference

Kings County Farm Bureau (KCFB) took an active role in last month’s California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) Leaders Conference. Held in Sacramento, the conference, which was attended by 400 Farm Bureau leaders from the county and state levels, highlighted a variety of critical issues impacting California agriculture. The Commodity Advisory Committees met, and Farm Bureau’s policy decisions for the coming year were established at this event. KCFB Executive Director Dusty Ference was joined by our Regional CFBF Representative John Ellis and board members Dino Giacomazzi, Helen Sullivan and Todd Fukuda. CFBF President Paul Wenger said that this year’s meeting served as a trial run for the new issues advisory committees, the purpose of which are to utilize input from members in order to be better advocates at the local, state and federal levels. John Ellis and Todd Fukuda attended the Marketing, Crop Protection, & Produce Food Safety Issue Advisory Committee meeting. Ellis said that the issue of food safety received a lot of attention, as the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce safety rule is now final. “Our committee shared concerns over the implementation of this rule, especially how the rule is very broad in scope as opposed to looking at rules on a commodity by commodity basis,” Ellis said “The FSMA rule is huge, and its scope extends to our local dairy feed suppliers, as well as our farmers.” On the topic of crop protection, they focused on the EPA’s attempts to ban pesticides that are important for use by farmers. The committee’s suggested CFBF policy change to address this was for the regulatory... read more

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