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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Aug. 15    CAGI

Aug. 18    Kings County Ag Roundtable

Aug. 22    MOU Upper Tulare Lake Meeting

Aug. 23    KCFB Board of Directors Meeting

Aug. 25    EJAG

Sept. 9     Salute to Ag Banquet

Sept. 24   Taste of the Valley

Oct. 24     YF&R Harvest Classic Golf Tournament

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Taste of the Valley coming up on Sept. 24

Taste of the Valley, the popular local event that raises funds to support Farm Bureau programs, is coming up next month. The event, which is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24, will offer attendees the opportunity to sample food and drink from local restaurants, wineries and breweries while enjoying live music surrounded by the beauty of Burris Park. The historic wagon barn and museum will be open for guests to peruse throughout the evening, and a silent auction will be held. Since it began in 2008, Taste of the Valley has drawn as many as 800 guests and a number of vendors. This year’s vendors are still being confirmed, but the wineries expected to be pouring include CWO Cacciatore, Engelmann Cellars, Silkwood Wines and Vina Robles. Bird Street Brewery, Hess Brewing and Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company will be on hand with their best brews. Food, desserts and beverages will be served by A.S. Danielson’s, One Eleven, Pita Kabob, Rebekah’s Espresso, Rosa Brothers Milk Co. and Ravens Deli. In years past, Taste of the Valley was hosted by the Burris Park Foundation to raise money to offer standards-based outdoor education activities at Burris Park for area students. After a generous donor bequeathed his estate to the Foundation, their board decided they no longer needed to hold the fundraiser. For the first time this year, they are passing it on to Farm Bureau, as the organizations share similar goals of educating Kings County students. KCFB Executive Director Dusty Ference said that the money raised will allow Farm Bureau to fund ag education and outreach programs in Kings County, from training... read more

Temperance Flat Dam feasibility study moving forward

Another step in the right direction has been taken in the efforts to increase water storage in the drought-stricken Central Valley. On July 1, officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding that demonstrated non-partisan support for the $2.6 billion Temperance Flat and Reservoir project, which is proposed for the San Joaquin River above Millerton Lake. Representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation and the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority (Joint Powers Authority) met outside the old Fresno County Courthouse on a hill overlooking Millerton Lake and Friant Dam to sign an agreement to begin a study on the feasibility of Temperance Flat. “I see Temperance Flat as the means to sustain agriculture and the communities of the San Joaquin Valley into the future,” said Tulare County Supervisor Steve Worthley, who also serves as the chairman of the Joint Powers Authority. “These last four years of drought have demonstrated that the current system is wholly inadequate to meet the needs of our valley.” Supervisors from Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties are all part of the Joint Powers Authority that is backing Temperance Flat and working to secure funds from the 2014 $7.5 billion water bond. Of that, $2.7 billion has been allotted for storage. The feasibility study will ensure that the project meets the requirements necessary to compete for those funds. The Bureau of Reclamation has spent more than $35 million studying the project, and it’s believed that upon the study’s completion, the project will be declared feasible, meaning that there is a net benefit to the project above and beyond the costs of construction and operation by the Bureau.... read more

Water Priorities Initiative to update ballot language

The California Water Alliance (CalWA) announced last month that it will update the language of the Water Priorities Ballot Initiative. By revising provisions related to redirecting Proposition 1 water bond funds and making other key changes, they hope to increase the likelihood of successfully qualifying it for the November 2018 general election. This means that the hundreds of thousands of signatures gathered to date will be invalid, and collection efforts will have to start fresh. But CalWA’s Executive Director Aubrey Bettencourt said that, along with their broad coalition of supporters, the organization remains committed to their efforts. “By ensuring the initiative is optimally structured for the 2018 ballot, we will end the high-speed rail project and we will build new water storage infrastructure to the benefit of all California — people, food producers and the environment,” she said. The measure, which aims to redirect high-speed rail funding to water storage projects, received a great deal of public support, but also caused division between Valley farmers. Opponents worry that it would lessen their chances of securing funds for a reservoir from the 2014 water bond, and some fear it will weaken environmental protections. Kings County Farm Bureau supported the measure with a $25,000 donation, and will continue to back efforts to get it before the voters. “As we enter a fifth year of drought, it’s clear to the board that redirecting up to $8 billion of unissued high-speed rail bonds to building water storage and supply projects statewide is a far better use of this money,” said KCFB President Josh Bettencourt. “We must find a way to protect and increase... read more

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