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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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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July 8 – San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority, 9 a.m.

July 12 – Young Farmers & Ranchers Meeting

July 19 – KCFB Board of Directors Meeting

July 20 – Nut Harvest Safety Seminar, 8 a.m.

July 21 – Kings County Ag Roundtable, Noon

July 27 & 28 – Fresno Food Expo

August 2 – CAC Meeting

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Ashley Avila named District 7 Dairy Princess

Kings County’s June Dairy Month celebration culminated with the 61st Annual Salute to the Dairy Industry dinner at the Hanford Civic Auditorium on June 24. The evening was an opportunity for the dairy industry and the community to come together to honor the Distinguished Dairy Couple, the Outstanding Dairy Family and see the crowing of the new Dairy Princess. The Dairy Princess competition is an event that people look forward to as it will determine the new representative of the dairy industry in District 7. This year’s competition had two applicants, Ashley Avila and Brigit Simas. Ultimately, Avila took the crown, with Simas being named first alternate. Both were tough competitors and it was great to see these them presenting their passion up on stage. Prior to the event, the young ladies running were required to attend a series of events that included attending the Kings Fair and handing out milk. On the the day of competition, they had a private interview with the judges, enjoyed a nice luncheon, and finally got up on stage to do a public interview in front of all those attending the June Dairy Month dinner. Now that they have been crowned, Avila and Simas will be attending a number of different events to advocate for the dairy industry. Some of these events include Christmas parades, the Lemoore Pizza festival and Kings County Farm Bureau’s Farm Day. Not only will they be educating the community about the industry the love, they’ll also be walking away with life lessons that will serve them well in the future. Debbie Raven, co-chairman of the Dairy Princess committee,... read more

Join Farm Bureau during our summer membership drive

A commitment to Kings County Farm Bureau is a commitment to the future of Kings County’s ag industry. If you haven’t already joined the county’s only ag advocacy organization, there’s no time like the present. During several evenings throughout the summer, KCFB staff will be at Hanford’s Thursday Night Marketplace to recruit new members. Come out and see us in front of the Wells Fargo Bank at Irwin & 7th on July 14, Aug. 11 or Aug. 18 to sign up, and be entered into a drawing to win a new Yeti cooler. Why should you consider joining Farm Bureau? KCFB Executive Director Dusty Ference said that supporting the industry that drives Kings County’s economy just makes sense. “Amidst the challenges of water shortages, complex regulations and excessive taxation, farmers need someone in their corner more than ever, protecting their rights and ensuring the future of the family farm,” Ference said. “And if you’re not a farmer, chances are pretty good that much of the food you eat is a product of something grown or raised in Kings County. Chances are also pretty good that you work in an industry that is directly supported by agriculture.” KCFB’s mission is to provide education, promotion and representation of agriculture, and to advocate for those who rely on ag to make their living at the local, state and federal levels. Whether through educational programs, training classes, industry workshops, political activism or community involvement, Farm Bureau exists to support the local farmers who play a pivotal role in supporting the Valley’s overall economic health. California has 53 county Farm Bureaus that fall under... read more

South Valley Caucus working toward positive change

Kings County Farm Bureau is working with other Valley Farm Bureaus to ensure that the voices of local farmers are heard in Sacramento. The recently formed South Valley Caucus is made up of the Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Kern, Madera and Merced county Farm Bureaus. Executive directors and board members from each group meet quarterly with representatives from the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) to discuss hot button issues that directly affect Valley farmers. “KCFB is working closely with our neighboring Farm Bureaus to establish a unified voice on behalf of all Valley farmers,” said KCFB Executive Director Dusty Ference. “By working together and sharing our opinions and concerns on relative issues, we have a stronger voice in the legislative process.” The caucus, which meets quarterly, holds discussions on issues like water, high-speed rail and ag-related legislation. By hosting meetings in the South Valley about the South Valley, caucus members have the opportunity to speak to issues and how they directly impact this area. It allows participants to provide real-world examples to CFBF that may be different from what the rest of the state is anticipating or experiencing. Christina Beckstead, executive director of the Madera County Farm Bureau, said she believes that the county Farm Bureaus are stronger together than they are on their own. “The South Valley faces a variety of challenges, which include a lack of water, and if we take a stand together, we are more likely to make waves,” she said. “The South Valley needs to be heard not only in Sacramento, but nationally. If we do not get the help we need, who will feed not... read more

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