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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Become a Friend of Farm Bureau

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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Apr. 3 – KCFB Executive Committee Meeting

Apr. 11 – Young Farmers & Ranchers Meeting

Apr. 18 – KCFB Board of Directors Meeting

Apr. 29 – Taste of the Valley

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Taste of the Valley is fast approaching! Make sure you purchase your tickets before they are all sold out! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2885639 

 

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Join us for Taste of the Valley fundraiser on April 29

Kings County Farm Bureau will be ushering in summer with its popular food, wine and beer-tasting fundraiser, Taste of the Valley, on Saturday, April 29. Please plan to join us for this community-wide event that helps raise money to support Farm Bureau programs. In addition to an impressive assortment of California wines, hand-crafted beers and delicious dishes from some favorite local restaurants, the evening will feature entertainment by Hanford’s own J.J. Brown, an outdoor game area and a silent auction. Taste of the Valley was previously held in the fall, but will take place annually during the last weekend of April moving forward. While this year’s event will still be held at beautiful Burris Park and offer guests the opportunity to sample food and drink from local restaurants, wineries and breweries, there will some differences from last September’s event. Tickets will be sold at a reduced price of $45, and while wine and beer will still be free, there will be a cost for food at this year’s fundraiser. Due to the large number of attendees, food vendors are no longer able to donate enough food to satisfy everyone’s appetite. Wineries that will be pouring include CWO Cacciatore, Cardella Winery, E & J Gallo Winery, Farmer’s Fury and Twisted Roots Winery. Bird Street Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Full Circle Brewing Company, Riley’s Brewing, Mad Duck Brewery, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company and the Tulare County Homebrew Organization will be sharing an assortment of craft beers. Sponsors that include A.S. Danielson’s, Bennett & Bennett Irrigation, Golden State Farm Credit and Mitchell Insurance Service will also be serving up an assortment of wine... read more

Bringing kids out for a day of farming fun: 13th annual Farm Day treats students, teachers to agricultural knowledge

The combined efforts of local business owners, volunteers young and old, students and teachers easily proved the fact that when it’s not possible to bring kids to the farm, bringing the farm to the kids is the next best thing. Such was the case on Thursday, March 16 during the 13th annual Kings County Farm Day, where more than 2,300 students from around the county gathered for the opportunity to feel cotton, hear roaring tractor engines, smell hay bales and perhaps see themselves one day in the boots of a farmer. Organized by the Kings County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Kings County Office of Education and the Kings Fair, Farm Day is a massive undertaking with a simple goal: to bring agriculture to life for local third graders. From climbing inside the cockpit of a helicopter used for spraying crops to churning and shaking milk to make their own butter with the Kings County Dairy Princesses, the students’ excitement was unmistakable. Not to mention the presenters, some of whom were just as excited as the students to be at Farm Day. Josh Orton presented at Farm Day for the fourth time. Dwarfed by an impressive 420HP Case tractor, Orton, whose family company in Stratford is celebrating 111 years in business, clearly enjoyed speaking about farm equipment for about 10 minutes to each class. Armed with toy versions of his tractors, Orton quickly showed how farm equipment has evolved over the century — from plowing with horses and mules to the spartan, uncomfortable tractor seats of the 1920s. Then, pointing to the giant machinery behind him, he showed... read more

Business Spotlight: HarvestPort takes ag equipment rental business high-tech

An ag tech start-up is helping farmers earn money during the off-season by putting their equipment to work for someone else. California-based HarvestPort, whose motto is “save in-season, earn-off season,” is introducing the concept of a sharing economy to the ag business, and recently joined Kings County Farm Bureau in hopes of partnering with local farmers and agribusinesses to grow their new venture. “A sharing economy is a new, emerging marketplace,” said Chief Operating Officer Carson Britz. “HarvestPort gives growers the ability to earn on their assets during the off-season.” Britz, one of HarvestPort’s four co-founders, likens the idea for HarvestPort to that of Airbnb, the company that allows you to rent your home out to guests, or to rent someone else’s. If you’re not staying in your home for an extended period of time, you might as well make some money off of it, and help meet the need of someone who needs a place to stay. The same concept is true for ag equipment, Britz said. If you have bins, machinery or irrigation equipment that you’re only using for a few months out of the year, HarvestPort serves as the liaison between farmers who have equipment that would otherwise be sitting idle, and those that are looking for equipment to rent. For those with equipment to rent, HarvestPort helps them realize a new revenue stream for their existing assets. And for growers looking to rent equipment as opposed to buying it, the service provides an option for getting what they need without making the larger investment that comes with owning and maintaining an asset. “Really, it’s the... read more

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