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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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 draws beer and wine enthusiasts

With a hint of fall in the air, more than 450 people gathered under the shade of Burris Park’s trees to enjoy samples of the Valley’s best wine, beer and delectable food offerings. Taste of the Valley has been around since 2008, but this was the first year it served as a fundraiser for Kings County Farm Bureau. The money raised will fund scholarships and education programs, including Farm Day, as well as efforts that support Farm Bureau’s mission of ensuring that every farmer has the right to farm and protect their heritage. The perfect date night for agriculture supporters included 29 vendor booths. Food vendors ran the gamut of wings to pair perfectly with beer from Hanford’s new Buffalo Wild Wings, to Lt. Sue Herb’s Tea Room, offering escargot to accent an assortment of white wine varietals. There were many wine vintners from across the Valley and beyond filling glasses with healthy pours, putting coastal wine tasting tours to shame. Connie Ramos from Kings County’s own Farmer’s Fury was offering local wines that are also served in their Lemoore tasting room. “We have been vendors for this event for the past five years. We love to participate in local events, especially when it has to do with agriculture,” she said. One thing that sets Farmer’s Fury apart from the rest is their ties to the local ag industry. “Instead of typical wine descriptions on our bottles, we put farm facts about the wines to do something different and stay pro-agriculture,” Ramos said. Setting themselves apart from the many famous area beer crafters was the Tulare County Home Brewing... read more

Forecasters predict a warm, dry winter could be in store

Weather forecasters are saying that nearly every region of the country will be hit with its own special version of terrible this winter. According to the 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Midwest can expect colder than normal temperatures and above average precipitation, whereas the mountain regions that look forward to winter snow skiing are expected to be warmer and drier than normal. But lucky for you, you live in California where, while it’s not terribly exciting, the winter forecast is expected to be fairly average. The question that’s at the front of every farmer’s mind is whether a wet winter is in store. The answer, sadly, is probably not. In fact, we may be looking at another dry year. Meteorologist Brian Ochs with the National Weather Service in Hanford said that while early models were calling for a La Nina winter, the chances of that particular weather pattern developing is becoming less likely. That’s good news, since La Nina typically means less rainfall for the Central Valley. The precipitation outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows that the chance for above or below average rainfall is equal, making it difficult to make a definitive prediction, but Ochs said we’re likely looking at a winter with below average precipitation. Even with last year’s El Nino pattern making for a wetter than normal winter across most of the country, it only brought Kings County’s average rainfall back to the normal level. While that’s no doubt better than a below average year, Ochs said the end of the drought is nowhere in sight. “We need at least five... read more

Proposed IRS regulation threatens family farms with higher taxes

A proposed IRS regulation could make it much more difficult for family farming operations to avoid federal estate taxes when assets exceed the current per-person limit of $5.45 million. The regulation proposes to eliminate a common practice of discounting stock of minority shareholders in family-owned operations. Family farming operations have increasingly incorporated as limited liability companies (LLCs) or family limited partnerships (FLPs) in order to benefit from the tax advantages that are available when ownership transitions from one generation to the next. The current IRS rules allow individuals to transfer $5.45 million worth of assets during their lifetime or following their death without paying a gift or estate tax. The proposed rule, while very involved and technical, will have significant impacts on how farmers and ranchers are able to plan the transfer of their estates, and it will likely lead to increased estate taxes. Being called the biggest change in large estate tax planning in 25 years, California Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Team is describing the proposed regulation as “a backdoor attempt to capture more estate taxes.” Last month, they worked with the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition to collect signatures on a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew asking that it be withdrawn. The IRS is accepting public comment through Nov. 2, and a hearing on the issue has been scheduled for Dec. 1, with a ruling possible by the end of this year or early next year. Should the proposed regulation pass, its survival could depend largely on who wins the presidential election. The estate tax became an issue on the presidential campaign trail last month, with... read more

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