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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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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Cotton harvest safety seminar scheduled for Sept. 21

Kings County Farm Bureau is partnering with the Tulare County Farm Bureau, State Compensation Insurance Fund and the California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association to host their annual cotton harvest safety seminar at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21 at the Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford. This free annual safety program is geared toward cotton harvest equipment operators, crews and farm employees in conjunction with farm managers/supervisors and growers. General on-farm equipment safety information, chemical safety, road safety and other current workplace safety information will be provided. The seminar satisfies cotton harvest safety training required under the SB 198 program, and will be conducted in both English and Spanish. “KCFB is committed to making sure that our members and their employees are complying with the laws and staying safe throughout harvest season,” said KCFB Executive Director Dusty Ference. “The cotton harvest safety seminar will provide the training that is needed to help ensure a successful harvest.” To pre-register for this free seminar, please call the Tulare County Cooperative Extension at 559.684.3300. Day-of registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. The training begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. Lunch will be provided, and participants will receive a certification of completion at the seminar’s... read more

Ensure the future of your family farm with a succession plan: Join KCFB for “Land as your Legacy” seminar on Oct. 9

Preserving the family farm for future generations is an important objective for most farmers, but knowing how to do so can feel like a daunting task. Whether it be estate taxes or family feuds, failure to plan for the management and distribution of your assets can adversely impact your heirs and the farm you spent your life working. On Thursday, Oct. 6, KCFB and Nationwide Insurance are hosting an event to help ensure that your family business remains intact and your wishes for it honored following your death. This “Land as your Legacy” seminar will explain the steps you can take to ensure your assets are protected. Steve Hamilton, director with Nationwide’s Advanced Consulting Group, said that while a succession plan should include legal documents like wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives and business agreements, it is much more than legal documents. “A succession plan provides the goals and principles that guide what documents are used and what they say,” Hamilton said. “It also addresses the preparation of the next generation of owner operators, business planning, risk management, financial independence and estate planning.” Josh Bettencourt, KCFB’s president and a practicing attorney, said there have been numerous cases in our area of profitable farms having to be sold or partitioned to pay estate taxes or other unexpected expenses. He said this has proven to be especially true in cases where the owners did not fully understand the financial burdens resulting from their or their spouse’s passing. “Upon your death, the management and distribution of your assets will depend upon the planning you do during your lifetime,” Bettencourt said.... read more

Kings County agriculturalists honored with Salute to Ag awards

As they do each September, the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce honored some of Kings County’s most devoted agriculturalists at the 22nd Annual Jack Stone-Kings County Salute to Agriculture Banquet. On the evening of Sept. 9, friends, family and members of the local ag community gathered at the Fialho Family Hangar to honor Agriculturalist of the Year Gary Esajian and Ag Supporter of the Year Golden State Farm Credit. The family of the late Tony DeGroot was presented with a Lifetime Commitment to Kings County Agriculture Award to honor his memory. The recipients were selected by a selection committee consisting of past honorees. KCFB director and past honoree Michael Miya, who served on this year’s selection committee, said the award is about much more than farming. “If you look at those who’ve been nominated in the past, they’re not only involved in agriculture, they’re also active members of the community who find a number of ways to give back,” Miya said. Gary Esajian, Agriculturalist of the Year Third generation farmer Gary Esajian started with 80 acres in western Kings County after college. He is 24-year member of Kings County Farm Bureau, has served on the Westlands Water District board of directors since 2013 and has been quietly and unassumingly giving back to Kings County ag for decades. Kings County Supervsior Craig Pedersen, who is also a past honoree, described Esajian’s farming operation as one of the most productive operations in the county, if not the state, with a number of commodity and technology advancements that have greatly benefited the ag industry. “His many years of thoughtful, strategic study of water... read more

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