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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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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May 2 – Executive Board Meeting

May 10 – Young Farmers & Ranchers Meeting

May 17 – Board of Directors Meeting

May 19 – Kings County Ag Roundtable Meeting

May 30 – Memorial Day

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KCFB awards 10 scholarships to graduating seniors

As part of their ongoing commitment to supporting agriculture education and investing in the industry’s future leaders, Kings County Farm Bureau awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year. This year, 10 outstanding students are receiving scholarships of $1,000 each. Scholarships are awarded to qualified students who plan to further their education at a two- or four-year accredited college, university or vocational institute and pursue a career in agriculture. The recipients are selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, determination, leadership skills and a commitment to a career in agriculture. Congratulations to the 2015-16 Kings County Farm Bureau scholarship recipients. Lauren Barlow Lauren Barlow, daughter of Todd and Amy Barlow, is graduating from Hanford High School with a 3.97 GPA. An active Hanford FFA member, she raised market hogs, competed on the dairy cattle judging, cooperatives and agri-finance teams, and attended the National FFA Convention. She is a member of the Junior Fair Board and has volunteered for a number of community service activities. The four years she spent on the school’s swim and water polo teams took her to the Junior Olympics. Barlow plans to major in plant breeding genetics at CSU Fresno in preparation for a career as a plant geneticist. Hunter Cabral Hunter Cabral is graduating from Sierra Pacific High School with a cumulative 3.75 GPA. He’s been described as “the voice of motivation” for his school’s football team, for which he set the state record for most sacs in a game. He is a member of the Junior Fair Board, and as a Hanford FFA member, he exhibited a dairy heifer for four years... read more

Water Priorities Initiative now aiming for 2018 ballot

The California Water Alliance (CalWA) announced at the end of last month that it has shifted its focus to qualifying the Water Priorities Ballot Initiative for the 2018 ballot instead of this fall’s general election as originally planned. The measure, which aims to redirect high-speed rail funding to water storage projects, has received a great deal of public support. Kings County Farm Bureau has supported their efforts with a $25,000 donation. In a matter of a few months, CalWA succeeded in collecting more than half of the 585,407 signatures required to qualify the measure, but it fell short of the April 26 deadline to place the issue before voters in November. CalWA’s Executive Director Aubrey Bettencourt said that all of the more than 300,000 signatures collected to date will count toward the July 25 deadline for 2018. “While we certainly would have preferred to get this critical issue in front of voters this year, we have every confidence that we will be able to collect the remaining signatures by this summer’s deadline for 2018,” Bettencourt said. “One of the benefits of setting a very ambitious timeline is that we have already surpassed the halfway signature mark and established a solid campaign operation, strong momentum and growing public awareness about the failed promise of the high-speed rail project and how to best fix California’s broken water system.” Bettencourt said that the 2018 ballot will likely be less cluttered and provide Californians more time to focus and appreciate the benefits of the proposal. Additionally, she anticipates that the signature gathering process will become more productive and affordable now that the April... read more

Overtime bill would result in additional wage costs for California farmers

On the heels of the passage of Senate Bill 3, which will increase California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, another bill that would dramatically impact wage costs is working its way through the legislature. Assembly Bill 2757 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego), also called the “Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016,” would require agricultural employers to pay employees overtime premium pay of time and a half after eight hours in any work day, and 40 hours in a work week. After working 12 hours in a day, employees would receive a double time rate. The bill would also repeal the agricultural exemption from the “one days’ rest in seven” requirement in the Labor Code, requiring agricultural employers to provide employees at least one day off each work week. This is the third time such a bill has been proposed. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the bill’s author, has seemingly failed to consider that should her bill become law, farmworkers’ hours will likely be decreased, as will their take-home pay. Without a doubt, this bill will have a negative impact on the very people it is intended to benefit. In spite of opposition from Farm Bureau and a number of employer groups, the Assembly Labor & Employment Committee passed AB 2757 on April 6. As of press time, the bill is on the suspense calendar awaiting a hearing, which must happen by May 27. In the Assembly, bills with an annual cost of more than $150,000 are placed on the suspense calendar to be considered before the deadline for bills to be moved onto the floors of their respective... read more

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