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Tulare County Agritourism - Tulare County Farm Bureau
Tulare County Farm Bureau
NEWS
Volume 373, Number 9
SEPTEMBER 2011
BOUNTY OF THE COUNTY
Celebrating Tulare County Agriculture
Laura Watkins, showing her market pig at the 2007 Tulare County Fair, used the profits
from her livestock projects towards funding for her education. Today Laura is a
student at UC Davis studying animal science.
September is Fair Time!
It's that time of year again in
Tulare County, fair time! Summer is
coming to a close but take advantage of one last family outing
opportunity at the Tulare County
Fair, taking place September 14-18
at the fairgrounds in Tulare.
Come enjoy all the annual fair
traditions of fried food and concessions, face painting, agricultural
and home art exhibits and the
junior livestock competitions. With
recent state budget cuts of $32
million to the State Fairs and
Expositions funding, there is no
better time to support our county
fair. For the first time in 80 years, all
of the district agricultural association fairs (including Tulare County
Fair) will have to depend completely
on self-generated revenues to
continue operating.
Since 1919, the Tulare County
Fair has been a place for youth in
the county to take part in livestock
competitions and have an opportunity to grow and learn through
market projects that culminate with
the Junior Livestock and Dairy
Replacement Heifer auctions.
Thousands of youth can remember
fondly their involvement with the
fair…raising a prize animal, learning valuable life lessons and participating proudly in competitions that
taught honor, integrity, ethics and
leadership to young people.
Buying a lamb, hog, goat or steer
at the auction, beginning at 9:30am
on Saturday, Sept. 17, is the
perfect way to stock yours and even
your neighbor's freezer for upcoming holiday dinners — or an opportunity for philanthropy. The Young
Farmers and Ranchers committee
Farm to Fork project now in its
second year involves purchasing
animals raised by local 4-H and FFA
exhibitors and donating the meat
from those animals and serving it at
the Visalia Rescue Mission. If you
wish to contribute to their efforts
directly, contact the Farm Bureau
office.
If buying a whole animal is too
much for your household budget
this year, then you may wish to
consider making a small 'add-on'
donation to any deserving 4-H or
FFA exhibitor. A sample of the addon form is provided in this issue. All
auction buyers, purchasing or
adding on to youth market projects,
will be provided lunch at the auction
courtesy of the Farm Bureau and
have the opportunity to meet and
mingle with exhibitors. To donate
an 'add on' amount, you need not be
present at the auction, just comSee Tulare County Fair on page 7
Join Farm Bureau for
a fun filled evening of
culinary bites, delicious drinks and
samples of specialty
products all centered
around Tulare
County's #1 industry,
agriculture!
The 2nd annual
Bounty of the County
event will take place on
September 24 from 58pm at Ritchie's Barn
in Visalia. Farmers,
chefs and winemakers
throughout the county
are taking part in an
event that brings the
agriculture community
and non-rural residents together to
showcase and educate
the bountiful agriculture goods of Tulare County.
Guests will be entertained by
live music from Clarence Ritchie
and The Ritchie Band as well as
have a chance to win door prizes.
Most importantly, attendees will
be able to taste savory products
ranging from frozen yogurt to
luscious wine to grilled vegetables
also locally grown specialty nuts
and olives. Many local Tulare
County businesses will be repre-
sented such as Café 225,
Cacciatore Fine Wines, Potter
Family Organics, the Olive
Growers Council, Hangar One
Vodka and many more!
Tickets cost $25 and are now
available at the TCFB office, 7328301. Enjoy a casual country
evening while showing your
support for our county's agriculture industry at TCFB's Bounty of
the County!
Do you have questions about the new laws impacting
above ground storage tanks at your farm or ranch?
Above Ground Storage Tanks
Compliance and Your Operation
New APSA and SPCC Regulations compliance deadline is
November 10, 2011
Are you prepared?
Free Workshop
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 3:00 pm
Tulare County Farm Bureau
737 N. Ben Maddox Way
Visalia, CA
See more details on page 12
Page 2
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
September 2011
Fair Time Means
Heritage and
Traditions for Ag
Education Committee
Launches
Annual Projects
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President’s Notes
Executive Comments
by Larry Peltzer, President
by Patricia Stever Blattler, Executive Director
[email protected]
Each year as we prepare for our
fall harvest and agricultural businesses are humming along at some
of their busiest times of the year, we
all should take a moment to think
about the heritage of our industry.
One of the great traditions in
agriculture is showcasing that pride
at our county's fair.
Tulare County Fair will be open to
the public September 14-18 this
year and I hope you will take your
family and friends to enjoy the
annual event. This year's ag education building is being sponsored in
part by our education committee
and will feature some great exhibits
including daily food and cooking
demonstrations, contests, and new
attractions for young and old alike.
Out in the barns, our junior
exhibitors will be grooming those
prize animals for the fair competitions and will be looking for supporters to buy their animals on
Saturday, September 17 – please
join us and help support our 4-H
and FFA members with their
livestock projects. What better way
to support locally grown than to buy
a hog, lamb, goat, or steer for your
freezer.
[email protected]
Our Young Farmers will be out in
full force donating their time and
contributing to the auction by
serving as ring stewards. In
addition this year they are going to
conduct their second annual Farm
to Fork event where they will
purchase animals in the auction,
have them custom butchered and
served at a Rescue Mission dinner
to the needy. Last year this event
was a great success and they plan
to expand their plans this year to
purchase more animals.
On Saturday of the junior
auction Farm Bureau will again
serve a free box lunch to all the
livestock buyers, so come on out
and support the fair! What better
way to support agriculture and
heritage than to go to the fair, and
better yet exhibit your pride…
jams, jellies, preserves, photographs, animals, special recipes
and more! There are lots of ways to
support and participate in the fair,
and during these tough economic
times our fair needs our support in
so many ways. I hope to see you
there, until next time, keep on
farming.
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Tulare County Farm Bureau News
President – Larry Peltzer
PO Box 48, Ivanhoe, CA 93235
First Vice President – Steve Godlin
34015 Road 140, Visalia, CA 93292
Second Vice President – Joey Airoso
PO Box 1087, Tipton, CA 93272
Treasurer – Edward Needham
13274 Perry Ct., Visalia, CA 93292
Past President – Keith Watkins
14852 Lipson, Visalia, CA 93292
TCFB Executive Director: Patricia Stever Blattler District 6 Representative – Craig Knudson
50560 Hogback Rd., Badger, CA 93603
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With so many activities starting
in the fall, it is always a reminder
that back to school means back to
work, and back to projects, outreach, promotion, and other
activities for our many committees
at Farm Bureau.
In particular this month I wanted
to highlight just a few areas of
concentration that our Education
Committee will be focusing their
efforts on to enhance and promote.
With the fair around the corner,
they have stepped up in a big way to
support the ag education building
at the fair to help educate the
public about our most important
industry here in Tulare County.
One of the displays in that building
will feature our Beyond the Farm
classroom trailer, which will teach
fair goers about the importance of
school gardens, healthy eating and
help teachers learn about free
resources available to them in the
classroom
Shortly after the fair ends, the
committee will host their annual
fall garden workshop for teachers.
On October 5th eligible schools
who are recipients of garden grants
from the Farm Bureau's education
committee will be invited to a free
after school workshop at the COS
farm in Visalia to learn from
experts about starting and maintaining school gardens, selecting
the right plants, troubleshooting
and more. Free flats of plants
being grown by the COS horticulture department will be distributed
for schools to take and plant. And
even more important, checks for up
to $500 will be handed out to
schools wishing to build or expand
their current garden programs.
As the year rolls along, the
committee will promote a creative
writing contest for 3rd-8th graders
sponsored by the California
Foundation for Agriculture in the
Classroom. Entries for the region
will be due to the TCFB office by
November 1 and will be selected for
originality and content which
supports literacy about agriculture. The top winners will have
their stories published in a book
next spring.
Fall is also marked by an annual
Superintendents' Breakfast, where
Farm Bureau invites school
principals, superintendents and
other administrators to spend the
morning learning about agricultural education programs and
materials provided by Farm
Bureau and its partners. This
year's event is going to be on
November 15.
February will mark the annual
Calendar Art Contest deadline for
grades K-12, and winning entries
from more than a projected 1,200
submissions will be selected for
print in a full color calendar
distributed through the Tulare
County Office of Education in
celebration of National Agriculture
Week in mid-March.
Finally their hard work will
culminate in the spring with
another garden workshop, plant
giveaway, possible tours, farm
days and other special events.
If you are interested in supporting the work of the committee,
remember to save the date for the
annual spring fundraiser, a great
show is planned at the Visalia
Convention Center on March 3,
2012 and all proceeds benefit Farm
Bureau's education and scholarship programs.
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Camelina Biomass Assistance Deadline Approaching
California Farm Service Agency
(FSA) county offices' has begun
accepting applications for the
three-state Biomass Crop
Assistance Program (BCAP). The
sign-up period started Aug. 8, 2011
and its open until Sept. 16, 2011.
About Camelina BCAP
BCAP, created in the 2008 Farm
Bill, helps farmers and forest
landowners with start-up costs of
planting non-food energy crops,
such as camelina, for conversion to
a variety of biofuels. BCAP is
designed to ensure sufficient
biomass is available to reduce
America's reliance on foreign oil,
improve domestic energy security,
reduce pollution and spur rural
economic development and job
creation.
"California farmers now have
another opportunity to contribute
to the bioenergy output of the
Golden State by growing camelina
to be converted to renewable fuels
and to help assist with our country's energy independence," said
Val Dolcini, USDA FSA State
Executive Director. Camelina, an
oilseed, can be planted on margin-
ally productive land in rotation with
wheat. Biofuel from camelina is an
ideal jet fuel substitute.
The three-state project anticipates growing up to 25,000 acres in
California, 15,000 acres in
Montana and 10,000 acres in
Washington. Tulare County, along
with 16 other counties in
California, is included in this
project.
AltAir Fuels, LLC, a Washingtonstate based company, is the project
sponsor. The company was formed
in 2008 to develop projects for the
production of jet fuel from renewable and sustainable oils. Plans are
set to construct production plants,
one which will be located in
Bakersfield, that are expected to
create hundreds of jobs—265
immediately and an estimated
1,925 at full-scale production—and
to reduce billions of pounds of
carbon emissions. Production is
anticipated to begin in late 2012.
The estimated total annual rental
payment amount for the project
area is $20 million over five years.
Producers interested in participating in the program should visit
their local FSA county office. Tulare
County's FSA office is located in
Visalia open Monday-Friday 8am4:30pm or by phone, 559-734-8732
Ext. 2.
For more information about BCAP
visit www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap.
How the Plan Works
FSA will administer the BCAP
program and will enter into 5-year
contracts with landowners and
operators in the project area.
CAPCA Conference
& Agri-Expo
The 37th annual California
Association of Pest Control
Advisers' (CAPCA) Conference and
Agri-Expo will be held October 1618, 2011 and will take place at the
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in
Reno, Nevada.
All production agriculture
licensees are welcome to participate
and all education sessions will have
California Department of Pest
Regulation (CADPR) accredited CE
hours. This year's theme is “Protecting California's Agriculture”.
Conference events include
educational opportunities, a
welcome reception, DuPont's®
Monday Night Football Reception
and two breakfasts. New to the
program will be a Golf Tournament
and Clay Shoot to be held on
Saturday October 15th at 1:00 pm.
More than 1,000 guests are
expected to attend. The Agri-Expo
will have over 100 exhibitors
available to provide hands on
instruction to attendees.
In
addition to the Monday and
Tuesday General Sessions, there
will be 2 specialty breakout sessions.
CAPCA's conference will provide
many opportunities for Agricultural
Professionals to make helpful
connections. In addition to CDPR
Pest Control Adviser and Applicator
continuing education credits,
CAPCA also receives accreditation
from the following: Certified Crop
Advisor (CCA), Golf Course
Superintendents Association of
America, International Society of
Arborists and Arizona DPR.
CAPCA Conference Registration
information is available at
www.capca.com/conference. Early
bird registration and hotel rates
end on September 15, 2011, so
book early!
Producers enrolled in BCAP will
receive annual rental payments
based on the farm's weighted soil
rental rate (SRR) plus an additional
incentive of 50 percent.
For example, if a farm has a soil
rental rate of $30 per acre, the
producer would receive an annual
rental payment based on $45 (the
$30 soil rental rate plus the 50
percent incentive) multiplied by the
camelina acres enrolled in BCAP.
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Tulare County Farm Bureau News
September 2011
UCCE EVENTS
Ag Commissioner’s Corner
Tulare County Exports
By Marilyn Kinoshita,
Tulare County Ag.Commissioner
It's been 17
weeks, since the
Mexican border
opened for the
2011 harvest of
stone fruits:
apricot, peach,
plum, and
nectarine from
Tulare County. Marilyn Kinoshita
The transfer of these goods is
administered by The California
Grape & Tree Fruit League who
relies on the cooperation of industry participants, local County
Agricultural Commissioners'
offices, USDA Animal Plant Health
Inspection Service representatives
and the California Department of
Food & Agriculture.
Local shippers who send produce
to Mexico are under compliance
agreements and have two options
to move fruit into the country:
either apply a Post-harvest
Quarantine Treatment using
methyl bromide or use The Systems
Approach.
Normally quarantine treatments
are reserved for orchards where
pest-pressures are high to utilize
the trapping protocol. The systems
approach includes very detailed
stipulations for pre-harvest trapping, shoot strike monitoring and
timed pesticide applications, all of
which must be meticulously
documented and readily available.
On average, it takes seven to ten
hours of intensive inspections by
the County Ag. Commissioner's
staff to ship one load of fruit.
Several inspectors representing the
Mexican government come north
for the shipping season and play an
active role in every step of the
process.
To date, Tulare County growers
have sent over 600,000 cartons of
stone fruit to Mexico.
SEPT. 8
UCCE Alfalfa Day
University of California trials
have shown the best time to plant
alfalfa in the San Joaquin Valley is
September through early October.
Get this year's alfalfa crop started
off right by attending Tulare
County's Cooperative Extension
Alfalfa Field Day at the Kearney
Ag. Center on September 8.
The day starts at 7:30 am with
registration and begins out in the
field on tours focused on Alfalfa
Variety Development & Selection
and Forage Sorghums. A number of
presentations by UCCE representatives will cover forage varieties,
production practices, weed control
and rodent control.
Take advantage of this free
educational opportunity at the
Kearney Ag. Center, 9240 S.
Riverbend Ave. in Parlier, Ca. For
more information contact Carol
Frate, 559-684-3314.
SEPT. 25
Quality Assurance
Program
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a
national program that provides
guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer
confidence through offering proper
management techniques and a
commitment to quality within every
segment of the beef industry.
In California, we offer to all
producers the opportunity to
become certified in both the
California and Western Region BQA
programs. Producers have
embraced BQA because it is the
right thing to do; but they have also
gained through increased profitability. As an educating program,
BQA helps producers identify
management processes that can be
improved.
A collaboration of the Cooperative
Extension office, California
Cattlemen's Assoc., Tulare County
Cattlemen's Assoc. and the Visalia
Livestock Auction is offering a
morning program for producers to
be informed about BQA as well as
educational demonstrations on
livestock handling using minimal
stress techniques.
Interested members are welcome
to participate on Sunday,
September 25 at the Visalia
Livestock Market from 9:0011:30am. For more information or
questions regarding Sunday's
event contact Jim Sullins at 559684-3300.
Should Copies of
SSA No-Match
Letters be
Made & Retained?
Ever since the Social Security
Administration (SSA) resumed
sending Social Security number
"no-match" letters to employers in
April, employers have asked
whether they should make and
retain copies of the letters. The
letter, titled “Request for Employer
Information,” asks the recipient
employer to “complete the information on the back of this letter and
return it to [SSA] promptly.”
Before getting to that question,
however, it must be asked whether
a copy of the letter may even be
lawfully made. That's because this
warning appears at the top of each
page of the letter: DO NOT COPY.
An employer might reasonably
conclude this warning is a directive
not to make any copy of the letter
whatsoever.
According to Tim Beard,
Employer Services Liaison Officer
for SSA Region X, the warning is
really intended to tell employers to
complete and return to SSA only
the original letter. That's because
SSA bar-code scanners sometimes
can't read the bar code on copies of
the letters. An employer may
otherwise copy the letter for its own
records, Beard said. Beard added
he understands the warning will be
revised in the next version of the
letter to clarify its intent.
With that preliminary question
See FELS on page 9
September 2011
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
Page 5
Young Farmers & Ranchers
State YF&R Sells FARM PAC Raffle Tickets
Pete Vander Poel with YF&R Chair Matt Watkins at the August 9 meeting.
Vander Poel Speaks To Tulare County YF&R
District 2 Supervisor, Pete
Vander Poel, spoke to the Tulare
County YF&R members at their
August general meeting. Vander
Poel discussed many issues that
are of importance to agriculturalists in Tulare County such as the
Williamson Act, Measure R funds,
the Tulare County budget position
Save The Date
YF&R's 18th annual Casino
Night fundraiser is scheduled for
November 5th , 2011. Casino
Night is a fun-filled evening complete with a dinner, hosted bar,
silent auction, casino games &
music by the local band Chaparral.
All proceeds help YF&R fund
leadership development opportunities, philanthropic activities and
and zoning for medical marijuana.
Vander Poel also reminded the
YF&R's that farmers and ranchers
need to be proactive about staying
current on issues and communicating the real stories about our
industry. “We in agriculture have
to tell our story or someone else
will tell it for us,” said Vander Poel.
To strengthen the voice of the
agricultural community in the
public policy arena, California Farm
Bureau Federation established the
California Farm Bureau Fund to
Protect the Family Farm (FARM
PAC).
FARM PAC, raises funds to
support the candidates of any party
affiliation who are committed to
working for the best interests of
California agriculture. Our fundraising strength will serve as a
reminder to political leaders that
farmers and ranchers remain
stakeholders in California's future.
The California Young Farmers and
Ranchers FARM PAC raffle tickets
are now available! Please contact
Karen Whaley (559-417-6656) for
tickets. Prizes include a New
Holland 115 2WD Rustler Utility
vehicle, a Paint Rock Adventure trip
(your choice of fly fishing or an elk
hunt), a Nordstrom shopping spree,
a wine tasting weekend or a trip to
Las Vegas to see the National Finals
Rodeo. Each ticket is $25 and all
money raised goes towards our
state's FARM PAC efforts.
2011 Discussion Meet
The Discussion Meet is a competition where participants are judged
on their ability to express their ideas
and opinions on the biggest issues
facing agriculture today. The 2011
contest will take place at the
California Farm Bureau Annual
Meeting, December 4, 2011 in
Sparks, NV. Deadline for entry into
the discussion meet is October 31,
2011 at 4:45 pm. For more information, the application and the
2011 topics, please visit
www.cfbf.com.
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Tulare County Farm Bureau News
September 2011
Education Corner
One Cow, Endless Learning Potential
Being the number one dairy
county in the nation it is no surprise that youth throughout Tulare
County are busy training, grooming
and fine tuning their dairy cattle
projects for the fair. Jennifer Sousa
and her students at the Tulare High
School Farm in Tulare are no
exception.
With over 100 animals set to be
exhibited at the Tulare County Fair
in September, Sousa and her
students have been preparing for
the weeklong event since May of
this year and some even longer. The
Dairy Replacement Heifer Program
offered to youth in Tulare County is
a two year commitment that
teaches young individuals about
the dairy industry, healthy competition, hard work and responsibilBaylee Cocagne (left), a freshman in Tulare FFA, practices showmanship with her heifer, Fancy, along with Kindall Thompson
ity. By raising one dairy heifer for
(right) with her heifer, LeeAnn.
two years, the learning opportunities are endless.
the heifer and leaving the feed and
and helps in offering students the
The Tulare FFA Chapter, made up
The program also addresses a
other costs to the student, has
option to hold payments on their
of students from Tulare Union,
very important and a lifelong
given students like Beatriz Anaya
feed bills until after the Dairy
Tulare Western and Mission Oak
educational opportunity to learn
the opportunity to raise a dairy
Replacement Auction in
High Schools, works
about financial responheifer. “I really like animals and
September. Local support is also
with the South San
sibility. Students in
cows. I saw this as a great opportuoffered to students in Tulare FFA
Joaquin Holstein
Tulare FFA's replace- “The community
nity to learn and be outdoors,
through memorial sponsorships
Association in providment heifer program involvement in
which I love to be outside,” says
such as the Rhonda Bertao
ing a sale for Tulare
have the option to house this project is
Anaya who was surprised how easy
Sponsorship offered to deserving
students to purchase
their animals at the unreal!”
it was to halter break her Jersey
students whose families might not
heifers at a responsible
Tulare High School
heifer, Canelta.
be financially capable in the start
cost.
Farm, a 70 acre facility,
Sousa has also developed a Fit
up costs of such a project.
Tulare's agriculture department
for $2/day which includes feed,
and Show program which gives
The sponsorship, which lessens
works with students in managing
vaccinations, hoof trimming and
the financial burden in purchasing
the financials for their heifer project
breeding services.
See Cow on page 13
September 2011
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
Page 7
Tulare County Fair
2011 Jr. Livestock Show Schedule
WEDNESDAY, September 14
8am
9am
1pm
5pm
Market Hog Show: Showmanship &
4-H/FFA Market classes
4-H Dairy Cattle Showmanship followed by
4-H/FFA All Other Breeds Dairy Show
Dairy Goat Showmanship followed by
Dairy Goat classes
Dog Show
THURSDAY, September 15
8am
8:30am
11am
3pm
4pm
5pm
6pm
Market Lamb Show: Showmanship &
4-H/FFA Market classes
FFA Dairy Cattle Showmanship followed by
4-H/FFA Holstein Dairy Show
Market Steer Show: Showmanship &
4-H/FFA Market classes
Meat Goat Showmanship followed by
Meat Goat classes
Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Selection
Breeding Beef Show
Breeding Sheep Show
FRIDAY, September 16
Many youth from all over Tulare County come to exhibit, sell and showcase their
prized animal projects.
Tulare County Fair
from page 1
plete the form in this edition of the
newspaper or contact the fair office
in advance of the auction to submit
your donation to the exhibitor of
your choice.
Can't make it to the auction on
Saturday, then stop by and show
your support as a spectator of the
many showmanship and livestock,
large and small, competitions
Make checks payable to:
TULARE COUNTY FAIR
taking place throughout fair week.
A full show schedule is available in
this TCBF NEWS issue.
Fill out the form below and send:
via mail to the Tulare County Fair
prior to Saturday, Sept. 17, the
address is listed below, drop off at
the Livestock Office during the fair,
or drop off at the Jr. Livestock
Auction. Payment methods
accepted: cash, check, Visa or
MasterCard, (4% will be added to all
credit card transactions).
Mail to: Tulare County Fair
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Tulare, Ca 93274
Phone: 559-686-4707
Fax: 559-686-7238
9am
9:30am
9:30am
2pm
5pm
7pm
Rabbit Judging
Rabbit Showmanship
Poultry Showmanship followed by
Poultry & Pigeon Judging
Pygmy Goat Show
Small Animal Round Robin
Dairy Replacement Heifer Sale
SATURDAY, September 17
7:30am
9:30am
Exhibitor and 2010 Auction Buyers Breakfast
Junior Livestock Auction
SUNDAY, September 18
12pm
2pm
4pm
Large Animal Round Robin
Pee Wee Showmanship
Exhibitors Awards Presentation
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Tulare County Farm Bureau News
September 2011
Business Member Spotlight
Brown's Custom Jewelry...Dream Jewelry Store
If you are looking for a place to
create a one of a kind piece of art or
for the ultimate wow factor in your
jewelry, then Brown's Custom
Jewelry is the store for you. Wade
and Candace Brown, owners of
Brown's Custom Jewelry, has
created so much more than just a
jewelry store, but a place with
endless possibilities.
The Brown's go above and beyond
the usual retail jeweler. With 35+
years of experience in the industry,
they not only create unique pieces
for their clients, but also cater to
their personal needs and lifestyle.
“This is our 'niche'. This is our
specialty. Helping our clients have
their dream creation and a true
work of art,” says Candace, who
recently completed her Graduate
Gemologist Degree with the
Gemological Institute of America.
Wade, who started in the jewelry
business in 1974, has experience
in all aspects from wholesale to
retail jewelry and has worked all
over the United States and
throughout the world. His passion
is creating works of art and developing relationships with his clients
as well as bringing a smile to their
face.
His philosophy is quality and well
made American jewelry, not
outsourced construction that is
occurring much more in the
industry. He also takes his clients
budget into account. “We start with
local Boys & Girls Club and the
ImagineU Children's Museum in
Visalia, Wade and Candace take
pride in where they live. As TCFB
business support members, they
understand the importance of
agriculture and farming in our
area and do all that they can to
support it. They welcome any and
all Farm Bureau members to stop
by and pay them a visit.
Wade and Candace Brown
your dream ring and work backwards to make it fit your budget,”
says Brown.
Brown's Custom Jewelry is more
than custom rings. Their specialty
is all types of jewelry: old, new or
priceless. They are currently
working on a belt buckle for a client
and have also created baby rattles.
According to Candace, “Jewelry is
about sentimentality. It's much
more than a big diamond, it's about
the relationship behind the piece.”
You may not know, but the
Browns also install watch batteries
free of charge, provide certified
written appraisals, string pearls
and perform any type of jewelry
repair. They are also one of the few
authorized insurance replacement
jewelers in the state of California – a
very prestigious title given by
insurance companies and very
difficult to qualify to receive.
The Browns, outside their
business, have a passion for
community. Board members of the
Brown's Custom Jewelry is
located in Visalia in the Key West
shopping center on the corner of
Goshen Ave. and Akers St, next to
Starbucks. Open MondayThursday from 10am-5pm and
always available by appointments
as late as 8pm. Some of Wade and
Candace's creations can be seen
o n t h e i r w e b s i t e a t
www.brownscustomjewelry.com.
Taste of the Arts Return to Visalia
Visalia's Taste the Arts, a festival
held September 29 - October 1
celebrates the richness and diversity of the arts in Tulare County
and gives artists, musicians,
performers, and art organizations
from throughout the county an
opportunity to show off the best of
their work through performances,
exhibits, and demonstrations.
The Arts Consortium debuted
Taste the Arts last year as an
opportunity for residents and
visitors to experience, or “taste”,
the area's arts first-hand. There is
plenty to do for people of all ages
and diverse artistic interests.
Taste the Arts is kicked off by the
17th Annual Waiters Race, and a
free street concert with the up and
coming “Free Energy”. Friday
features the Creative Center's Art
Xposed Hair and Fashion show and
the renowned “Blind Boys of
Alabama”.
The culmination of the festival
occurs on October 1. Garden Street
will be lined with festive tents
housing more than 35 artists
displaying their work. An Urban Art
Show, Visalia Farmer's Market food
sculpture contest, and clay wheel
will give the public an opportunity
to move from spectator to participant.
At the same time bands and
musicians including Phil Walker,
Three's A Crowd, and the College of
Sequoias Jazz Band will entertain
the crowd as they stop for a drink or
food at local favorite gathering spot the Garden Street Plaza.
Around the corner, youth from
DY.NAM.X, Kids Edition, YMCA, the
Ruby Slipper and SoundNVision
will take the stage with song and
dance. At 6 pm, the newly formed
Visalia Opera Company presents
“Saints and Sinners” at the 210.
See Taste of the Arts on page 12
September 2011
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
Page 9
News Briefs
CFBF California Bountiful
California Bountiful Foundation
was created by the CFBF to support
research, education and public
outreach for the advancement and
preservation of California's farming
and ranching community. The first
annual California Bountiful Gala
will take place Friday, Sept. 30 at
the Madonna Inn in San Luis
Obispo, CA. The event begins with a
social at 5pm followed by dinner
and a program honoring Cotton
Rosser and featured entertainment
by Baxter Black at 6:30pm. For
questions and more information
contact Cathie Bradley,
[email protected]
2011 CFAITC Conference
The California Foundation for Ag
in the Classroom Conferences will
take place this fall in Pomona and
San Francisco. The Southern
California conference will be held
Sept. 24 at Cal Poly Pomona and
the Northern California Conference
is scheduled to take place Oct. 19
at the Cow Palace in San
Francisco. Nutrition and school
gardens will be the themes of
conference sessions and workshops
along with panel discussions with
California farmers. For questions
and more information regarding the
CFAITC Conferences, please
contact the TCFB office, 732-8301.
CFAITC SF Farm Day
To celebrate the 25th
Anniversary of the California
Foundation for Agriculture in the
Classroom, educators throughout
the state are coming together in recreating the San Francisco Farm
Day. On Thursday, October 20,
CFAITC is teaming up with 25 San
Francisco Unified School District
elementary schools to bring
agriculture to nearly 10,000
students.
Live farm animal displays, school
gardens, food and farming classroom presentations and ag commodity groups will provide students with a unique agriculture
experience like never before.
To volunteer and take part in this
exciting day, sign up online at
www.LearnAboutAg.org, email to
[email protected] or by
phone, 800-700-AITC (2482).
Historical Society's
“Evening at the Ranch”
The Tulare County Historical
Society will present Dave Stamley,
in an “Evening at the Ranch” to
benefit the Tulare County
Historical Society. The event will
take place on Sunday, Sept. 11 at
the D Bar J Orchards, 9347 S. Hills
Valley Road in Orange Cove. The
evening will begin at 5pm with tritip dinner prepared by the Happy
Cookers followed Dave Stamley's
performance and dessert by the
Cowboy Cultural Chuckwagon
Cooks. Tickets are advance sale
and may be obtained by writing
TCHS, PO Box 295, Visalia, CA
93279; tickets will be mailed.
Tickets are $45 and seating is
limited.
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Ag Boosters BBQ
This year's Ag Boosters BBQ will
highlight the produce and products, including olive oil and wine,
produced by Fresno State students.
The Ag One Foundation and the
California Women for Agriculture
(CWA) will host this annual fundraising event at Rancho Vista del
Rio in Madera on Sunday,
September 11 from 4-8pm.
Tickets purchased by Sept. 2 will
be $50/person or $450 for a table.
Tickets purchased after Sept. 2
with be $60/person or $550 for a
table. Tickets can be purchased
through the Ag One Foundation
office at 278-4266 or online at
www.agonefoundation.org
Cattlemen's Social
Brought to you by numerous
cattle associations and agriculture
universities throughout the state,
the Cattlemen's Social, is taking
place September 23-24 in Fresno.
All proceeds of the event benefit the
California Cattlemen's Assoc.
Young Cattlemen's Committee for
leadership and educational events.
Friday evening includes cocktails
and a steak dinner and dancing
with live music by the Cadillac
Cowboys at the Clovis Rodeo
Grounds. Saturday begins with a
morning program cattle handling
seminar by Curt Pate and a fun
filled afternoon with a Ranch
Rodeo featuring a calf branding
and sorting. Saturday's events will
be held at the Fresno State
Pavillion.
RSVP by Sept. 9 to Cattlemen's
Social, 1221 H Street, Sacramento,
CA 95814. For ticket prices and
information contact Chaley at 916444-0845
Historical Photographs Wanted
Visalia Community Bank seeks
entries for Historical Calendar.
Tulare County residents have until
Thursday, Sept. 15 to submit
entries. Twelve historical photographs will be selected to showcase
the Visalia's Community Bank's
2012 Community Calendar.
Photographs should depict Tulare
County between 1850 and 1965
(family portraits excluded). To
enter, bring photographs and a
brief description to a Visalia
Community Bank branch. For
more information, call 625-8733.
Cotton Harvest Safety Training
It's September and cotton harvest
is just around the corner. TCFB is
teaming up with the Kings County
Farm Bureau, UCCE and State
Fund to hold the Cotton Harvest
Safety Training on Thursday,
October 6 at Mid-Valley Cotton
Gin in Tulare.
The annual safety training is
directed to cotton harvest equipment operators, harvest crews and
farm employees in conjunction with
farm managers, supervisors and
growers. Topics include: equipment
safety, driving safety, addressing
heat stress and first aid in the field.
Training sessions are offered in
English and Spanish, informational handouts, participation
certificates and a lunch will be
provided.
The day begins at 7:30am with
registration followed by the training
sessions and wraps up with lunch
at noon. To sign up, contact the
TCFB office at 732-8301.
FELS
Associate Counsel Carl Borden said
he thinks an employer would more
likely be better off by making and
keeping copies of the completed
letters. “The employer should be
ready to show either the Internal
Revenue Service or ICE how it
responded to the letters,” Borden
said. “Providing copies of the
completed letters proves the
employer didn't just ignore the
letters but took them seriously. The
copies document an important step
the employer took upon receiving
the letters and thus helps build a
defense that the employer acted
reasonably to resolve the discrepancies,” Borden said.
from page 4
answered, we get to the issue of
whether an employer should make
and retain a copy of the completed
letter.
One school of thought notes there
is no legal requirement to do so. It
argues an employer would be
unwise to make and keep copies
that might be subpoenaed by and
then have to be turned over to
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE), which might
use them against the employer in
an enforcement action.
Rejecting that approach, FELS
Page 10
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
September 2011
Leadership Farm Bureau Seeking Applicants: Deadline October 15
If you are a current Farm Bureau
member looking to expand your
leadership roles, gain confidence as
a speaker, develop better interpersonal skills and become familiar
with issues facing California agriculture, look no further, the
Leadership Farm Bureau program
is for you!
Leadership Farm Bureau (LFB) is
a leadership development program
sponsored by the California Farm
Bureau Federation and is the one
program in Farm Bureau that is
specifically designed to invest in
beginning or up and coming leaders.
LFB provides training in the areas
of personal development, human
behavior, public speaking, working
with the media, political advocacy,
government structure, key political
issues and the Farm Bureau
organization and structure.
A special focus is given to issues
affecting farmers and ranchers in
California, across the nation and on
a global level. Participants will
receive in-depth issues training
from industry experts and will have
an opportunity to travel to another
region of the United States for a
first-hand look at the similarities
and differences of agriculture across
the country. Activities include both
a California and a Washington, D.C.
lobbying session. Participants will
review development and implementation of state and national policies
in meetings with key legislative,
administrative and regulatory
officials.
The perfect candidate for LFB may
be a new county board member, an
aspiring officer or committee chair,
a YF&R committee member, an
interested Farm Bureau volunteer
or even a county staff member who
is interested in taking a larger
leadership role within the organization.
LFB will provide more than 250
hours of instruction during seven
sessions. Meetings will vary according to each month's agenda, but
each session runs approximately
three days. There is a $250 program
fee due by the first class in
February.
Applications are due October 15,
2011 to CFBF for the 2012 LFB
Class and require letters of support
from a personal reference and the
county Farm Bureau president. For
questions, further information or to
obtain an application contact
Danielle Rau at 916-561-5590 or
visit the Leadership Farm Bureau
page at www.cfbf.com/lfb.
Farmer’s Tax and Accounting
Sept. 21, 2011
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Fresno
www.calcpa.org/farmers
CONFERENCE
Webcast
www.calcpa.org/farmersweb
Are you a CPA, CMA, attorney or financial professional
working directly in farming and agribusiness? Attend The
Farmers Tax and Accounting Conference and gain crucial
information from industry experts on the most significant
issues affecting your bottom line. Lunch is provided.
(800) 922-5272
September 2011
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
Page 11
Tulare County Agritourism
Yosemite/Sequoia Resource
Conservation & Development
Council, the University of
California Cooperative Extension
Fresno County, and the UC Small
Farm Program are teaming up to
offer a smorgasbord of agritourism
education for farmers and ranchers
in Fresno and Tulare counties.
“Many small-scale grape, berry
and tree-fruit growers are consider-
ing tourism activities and selling
products directly to visitors as ways
to increase profit and connect with
their customers. Our workshops
will give producers the contacts and
tools to start or expand their
agritourism enterprises,” said
Richard Molinar, UC Cooperative
Extension farm advisor for Fresno
County.
Participants will learn about the
variety of potential businesses,
including wineries, farm stands, UPick operations, event hosting,
ranch vacations, pumpkin patches,
corn mazes and outdoor recreation.
Attendees can expect to hear from
experienced agritourism operators,
as well as experts in business
planning, risk management,
regulatory compliance and marketing, and will receive individual
guidance in planning, starting or
growing their own agritourism or
nature tourism businesses.
Fresno and Tulare region farmers
and ranchers are encouraged to
sign up for any or all of these
offerings. Others involved in
outdoor recreation are also invited
to the November 10 workshop.
Agritourism Training and Tours:
• Nov. 10: Free, Full-day
Workshop in Tulare County
“Growing your Ag/Nature Tourism
Business,” is available to residents
of both Fresno & Tulare counties.
The event will include experienced
presenters and panelists who have
found success in the realm of
Agriculture and NatureTourism.
See Agritourism on page 12
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Tulare County Farm Bureau News
September 2011
Above Ground Storage Regulations and Your Operation
What you need to know to comply by November 10
If your farm or ranch has above
ground storage tanks, pay attention! This November new state and
federal regulations will take effect
which may impact your business.
Tulare County Farm Bureau will
host an important workshop on the
new regulations on September 27,
2011 at 3:00 pm at the TCFB
office in Visalia. Please plan to
attend and RSVP in advance to the
office, call 732-8301 or email
[email protected]
Farms and ranches who meet
certain thresholds for storage of oil
and petroleum products including
gasoline, diesel and other products
such as animal fats, oils and
greases, and vegetable oils from
seeds, nuts, fruits and kernels will
be subject to complying with the
Above Ground Storage Tanks Act
(APSA) and the Federal Spill
Prevention, Control &
Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations.
If you store more than 1,320
Agritourism
from page 11
The workshop will be held from
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tulare
County Board of Supervisors
Chambers, 2800 W. Burrel Avenue,
in Visalia. For more information,
visit facebook.com/
agtourworkshops2011, or to
register, call Geno at (559) 8778663.
• Nov. 17: Free Tour of Fresno
County Agritourism Operations
Organized by Yosemite/Sequoia
RC&D. To learn more or to register,
call Geno at (559) 877-8663.
• TBA: Free Tour of Tulare County
Agritourism Operations
Organized by Yosemite/Sequoia
RC&D. To learn more or to register,
call Geno at (559) 877-8663.
• Dec. 8, Jan. 25, and March
14: Hands-On Training in Fresno
County
Assess your farm or ranch for
agritourism potential; start work on
your own business, risk management and marketing plans; and
connect with an experienced mentor
at a three-session class offered by
the UC Small Farm Program and UC
Cooperative Extension Fresno
County. Each of the classes will be 8
a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Fresno
County Farm Bureau, 1274 West
Hodges Avenue, Fresno.
Registration for the entire series is
$25 and is available online at:
http://ucanr.org/agtour.fresno.11
or call Penny (530) 752-7779.
Taste of the Arts
from page 8
At 7 pm, the Enchanted Playhouse
Theatre Company presents a James
& the Giant Peach, featuring local
actors of all ages. And at 8 pm, the
night ends with a free performance
by the Tulare County Symphony
performing crowd pleasing selections from their Pops in the Park
collection at the beautiful Visalia
Fox Theatre.
This will definitely not be the
weekend to be out of town. In fact,
call up your friends around the
Valley and those living at the coast
and let them know that downtown
Visalia is the place to be September
29 through October 1.
gallons of petroleum liquids
and/or non-petroleum oils including those already mentioned in
above ground containers, or more
than 42,000 gallons in completely
buried containers on any one site;
you are required to prepare a
federal SPCC plan, which may be
self-certified or may require
certification by a professional
engineer.
If you store a cumulative amount
in tanks, containers, oil-filled
equipment or non-transportation
related tanks which includes
containers with a storage capacity
equal to or greater than 55 gallons,
or store more than 1,320 gallons in
above ground containers, store oilfilled equipment, non transportation related tank trucks and fuel
tanks on trailers, fuel trucks, or
tanks in pick-ups; you may be
subject to the state APSA rules.
Farms and ranches are conditionally exempt from filing an SPCC
plan under the state APSA rules,
but are subject to the local agency
requirements if storing an aggregate amount of 1,320 gallons of
petroleum products. The requirements include: filing a Tank
Facility/Business Plan, conducting daily tank inspections and
maintaining a log, allowing periodic inspections and paying
program fees if required by the
local agency.
Robert Katin, a professional
engineer for more than 35 years,
will keynote the workshop and
provide his technical expertise on
the state and federal regulations
and instruct the audience on how
to set up the appropriate review
measures and reporting requirements for the law. Bob has experience in operations, design, construction and training. He is a
licensed professional engineer in
California, Arizona and Nevada. As
former Chief Engineer of Du Pont
Environmental, he has conducted
environmental projects on hundreds of industrial facilities,
including the Du Pont Chemical
Plants and its sister company,
Conoco Refineries. Bob has prepared numerous Tank System
Assessments (TSAs) and SPCC's
for a variety of clients, including
over 150 tank systems at 17 PG&E
facilities, and many other large
facilities.
Also in attendance will be a
representative from the Tulare
County Environmental Health
Department and Andrea Fox, with
the California Farm Bureau
Federation. Andrea has considerable experience in working on
transportation related issues and
has been monitoring the development of these regulations over the
past several years. She will be on
hand to answer member questions
during the workshop.
Please plan to attend this informative workshop and get your
questions answered. Deadline to
comply with the new above ground
storage tank requirements is
November 10, 2011. For more
information visit www.tulcofb.org
or www.cfbf.org.
September 2011
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
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those students, who might not want to take
on such a financial and long term commitment, the opportunity to take part in Dairy
Cattle breeding classes at the fair. This also
provides an opportunity for students to take
part in hands on learning as well as handle
the cattle on the Tulare High School Farm,
which is a certified dairy operation.
With a total of 122 head, made up of 70
milk cows and young stock, the Tulare High
School Dairy is one of only two high school
dairies in the United States. “The community involvement in this project is unreal. A
quarter of a million dollars was donated for
this facility,” says Sousa, about the farm
which now has improved stalls, a new feed
wagon and a developed feeding program.
The dairy ships milk to Land O'Lakes and
receives numerous donations throughout
the year in free dairy services through a
nutritionist, a breeder and UC Davis vet
technicians. Tulare high school students
receive hands on learning throughout the
year at their school dairy along with numerous dairy production management classes.
Programs like the Tulare High School Ag
Department and others like it throughout Beatriz Anaya pictured with her
the county are vital in developing our heifer, Canela, which means
county's youth in becoming well educated cinnamon in Spanish.
and well rounded individuals. The Tulare
County Fair and the Junior Livestock and
Dairy Auctions have provided a wonderful avenue for students to gain real
life experiences outside the classroom.
It's important to support and keep these programs thriving for many
more generations of youth to become a part of in the future. Be sure to
check out all the hardworking Tulare FFA students at the Tulare County
Fair and be sure to stop by and watch the dairy show on Wednesday and
Thursday of the fair and also plan to attend and show support of the Dairy
Replacement Heifer Auction taking place Friday evening. Buyers and
guests are invited to take part in an annual reception, which is always a
tasty event.
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(9061) Nice parcel west of Plainview that has mature Olive trees.
Make your own oil or sell for canning. District water & domestic
well. $125,333
(9070) 20± acres of olives. District water & a shared well. Parcel
has separate lots. Good soil & water. $240,333
(0401) Location, location. Nice navel grove that produces income
& has great potential value. 16+ acres, well water, and wind
machines. Management available. CROP INCLUDED. $261,333
(0722) Navel & Valencias in Lindsay on 18.7+ acres. Good
location. Good water. Good soil. Has nice home with shop & other
buildings. District & well water. Management Available. 2011
Valencia crop included. $412,333
(1065) Lemons, late navels, & open ground. Warm hillside
location with stunning views. Lemons (Lisbon & Myer)- 19+ acres,
Navels (Powell & Barnfield)- 12 acres, Melo Gold- -6 acres, Open20 acres. TBID water & well. Equipment shed. Management
Available. $825,000
Rural Land & Lot
(1203) Look at the potential here!! 18 ± acres with custom homes
nearby. Utilities at street, TBID water waiting for someone to do
something with it $298,000
(4183) 2 1/4± acres near Porterville and off of Highway 65.
Perfect location to be in country yet close to the City. Some street
utilities, and property has frontage to Teapot Dome/Avenue 128.
$109,000
(7761) Approximately 20 gently rolling acres near Porterville, with
tremendous views. Ready to build your home with septic,
domestic well and other underground utilities in place. Also, ready
for planting with access to Lindmore Irrigation District water. Take
a look at this property now--won't last long. $139,000
(9074) Beautiful lot on Scenic that looks straight at the Sierras.
Plenty of room to do whatever you want. Parcel is outside the city
limits but close enough if you wanted to apply. $145,333
(9073) Great size lot & close to town. Nice view of Sierras.
Adjacent parcel (MLS 28890) is also available. Make an offer for
both lots. $50,333
(9086) Great Location with view of the Sierra's. House is in bad
shape and really is only a shell - being sold AS IS but it is on 5+
acres only minutes to town & not in city limits. $149,333
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(9306) Great Highway 65 exposure. 14 acres that borders the
Highway. Zoned AE-10. Access from Orange Belt Drive (Old
Highway 65). $150,000
(0108) Build your custom home on this appx 2.4 acres gorgeous
valley pasture land! Very nice custom homes surround this lot.
Electrical already available on property. $69,900
(0489) Great location on Hwy 65. This parcel borders 2 boutique
wineries w/tasting rooms. Also great location for any agriculturalrelated business/enterprice OR estate homesite. Purchase
includes 1/4 interest in well. $168,900
(0608) Wonderful location off of Highway 190 towards the casino.
Raise your own beef on this tranquil property. Lots of large oak
trees, a year round spring for cattle water, and a nice home site.
$215,333
(0635/0641/0643) 3 parcels available, 7+ acres, 37+ acres, & 40+
acre parcels are great for building site, and they has an awesome
360 degree view, $239,333
(0653) 480 acre Cattle Ranch near Fountain Springs. Water &
power available. Some of the best grazing in the country. Very
nice views. $768,000
(0965) Spectacular view of Valley. Be creative here, zoned PD-F.
9.63 acres. Out in the country but close to town. $125,333
(0966) Lots with beautiful view. Zoning allows flexibility. These are
2 contiguous properties/parcels. 2.63 & 9.36 acres for a total of
11.99 acres. ZOned O-M-43. $155,870
(1064) Building pad & access drive for your new home partially
completed with great views to the west & north. Just finish & start
building or use area where old home site is. 2 wells on property.
$159,333
Subdivisions
(0659) 1 1/2 ± acre lot in deluxe neighborhood. Private gated
entry. Beautiful white rail fencing & fabulous landscaping. Private
ponds for scenic beauty & wildlife enhancement $120,333
(9467) Gated Entry to a very nice cul de sac location offers little to
no traffic and sits overlooking the social recreation complex-pool,
patio and function room.The sale includes his custom house
plans. $40,333
(0532) Deluxe neighborhood & high end houses around. Private
access coded gate phone to each home insures privacy.Beautiful
white rail fencing & fabulous landscaped & decorated grand entry
gate. $79,333
Call 784-4000
333 W. Henderson
www.home-realty.com
Mandarins, Almonds, Pistachios Crop Included!
For Sale 110+/- acres of young producing nuts and newly planted
seedless mandarins near Orange Cove.
A nice planting in a scenic foothill setting. Large shop and yard. 2011
NUT CROP INCLUDED IF NEGOTIATED PRIOR TO HARVEST. $1,530,000
Kiwi Vineyard
For Sale 59.7+/- acres of producing Hayward kiwis south of Porterville.
Quality fruit. Crop negotiable. Asking $805,950.
Call Matt McEwen 559-280-0015 or Roy Pennebaker 559-737-0084
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BANKING/
FINANCIAL SERVICES
AG EQUIPMENT
Duport T.M.R. Equipment Co
12750 Ave 336, Visalia
Exeter Mercantile, Bob Schelling
258 E. Pine, Exeter
Farmers Tractor & Equipment Co.
1132 S. Main St., Porterville
Lawrence Tractor Co., Inc.
2530 E. Main St., Visalia
Linder Equipment Co.
311 E. Kern, Tulare
Quality Machinery
3820 S. K St., Tulare
Quinn Company, Tim Hennesay
10273 Golden State Blvd., Selma
741-0404
592-2121
784-4967
734-7406
685-5000
686-1579
896-4040
AG ENGINEERING &
CONSULTING
Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
Kevin Clutter & Janie Sustaita
7086 N Maple Ave Ste 101, Fresno
326-5900
AG FERTILIZER &
CHEMICALS SALES &
APPLICATIONS
AG & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES
& SERVICES
Agricultural Services Inc., Daniel Dreyer
PO Box 548, Lindsay
592-4297
Central California Implement
1480 W. Inyo, Tulare
686-4747
Fruit Growers Supply
46031 Road 124, Orange Cove
626-4629
Fruit Growers Supply
934 W. Scranton, Porterville
781-4461
Fruit Growers Supply
131 Rd 204, Woodlake
564-3525
Fred Jones Apiaries
26510 Ave 82, Terra Bella
535-4698
Shannon Bros. Co., Inc.
24478 Rd 140, Tulare
686-4701
Tulare Firestone, Inc.
Lionel Pires
362 South K. St., Tulare
686-3313
AG-RESEARCH/TESTING
& CONSULTING
ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION
734-9473
AUTO COLLISION REPAIR
734-3501
AUTO DEALERS
Lampe Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
151 N. Neeley St., Visalia
737-6400
Jim Manning Dodge Chrysler Jeep
194 W. Tulare St., Dinuba
591-4910
757-3574
AUTO REPAIR
Gross & Stevens
1121 E Acequia, Visalia
651-0245
798-1034
A-Peltzer Enterprises
PO Box 48, Ivanhoe
cell 804-1333
Baker Topping, Inc.
Mike Baker
804-4045
Mark Baker
804-4802
33198 Rd 168, Visalia
798-8011
Brush Control Inc.
PO Box 507, Visalia
732-2060
McKellar Farms, Inc.
Jim Stailey
Cell 906-0247
PO Box 189, Ivanhoe
Office 798-0557
Milinich Enterprises, Inc.
Jon Milinich
21275 Road 192, Lindsay
280-4747
Muller Farming, Patrick Muller
Jack Rabbit Chipping Services
732-1236
Peltzer Topping & Hedging
PO Box 10209, Terra Bella
789-9446
Reynolds Ranches Scott Reynolds
1389 S Westwood Ave., Lindsay
287-0000
BUILDING CONTRACTORS,
SUPPLIES, ETC.
Kaweah River Rock Co.
P.O. Box 515, Woodlake
Ralph Fuller Electric
253 W. Pine, Exeter
Sierra Forest Products
9000 Rd. 234, Terra Bella
W & E Electric, Cabinetry
12686 Ave 416, Orosi
564-3302
592-4633
535-4893
528-3866
COMPOSTING/
COMPOST SALES
Community Recycling & Resource
Recovery Inc Tim Stehr
PO Box 1082, Sun Valley
818-767-6000
New Era Farm Services
2904 E Oakdale Ave, Tulare
686-3833
Tulare County Compost & Biomass Inc.
Gary Birdsong, Pres. / John Jones, Mgr.
24478 Rd. 140, Tulare
686-1622
COMPUTER NETWORKING
& SERVICES
EMD Inc., Lolen East
7211 W. Pershing Ct., Ste E, Visalia
Mid-Valley Cotton Growers Inc.
PO Box 901, Tulare
625-1133
DAIRY / DAIRY SERVICES
Amaral Dairy Service
413 North I St. Tulare
Land O’Lakes
400 South M, Tulare
Randy Gorzeman
9599 Ave. 88, Pixley
Nunes Bros. Dairy
20439 Road 124, Tulare
Valley Pump & Dairy Systems
Michael Graham
2280 South K St., Tulare
Wasnick Bros. Dairy Supply
1012 North J, Tulare
Warren Hettinga Dairy, et al
13002 Avenue 128, Tipton
World Wide Sires
5545 Avenida de los Robles, Visalia
622-2222
686-9644
687-8287
757-3522
686-0643
686-2000
686-4581
752-4012
FEED SUPPLEMENTS
& INGREDIENTS
Cal-Agro Seed Co., Inc.
6908 Ave 304, Visalia,
Nutrius, LLC
39494 Clarkson Dr., Kingsburg
Western Milling LLC
PO Box 1029, Goshen,
651-CORN
897-5862
302-1001
FOOD PROCESSING
Bell-Carter Olive Co.
PO Box 338, Orange Cove
Cal Bean & Grain Cooperative
Drawer D, Pixley
626-4411
757-3581
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION
Telfer & Sons Contruction & Eng.
2165 W Morris Ct, Exeter
303-8650 or 594-6921
HARVESTING & DEHYDRATING
Hester Orchards
PO Box 536, Farmersville
594-5025
INDIVIDUAL
ABAA Visalia Ranch, Claude Atkins
15430 Avenue 296, Visalia
733-7350
Anton Caratan & Son
1625 Rd. 160, Delano
661-725-2575
Winfried Baur
PO Box 3749, Visalia
818-678-1228
Halopoff & Sons
19480 Rd. 244, Strathmore
568-1102
LeyCon, Inc.
PO Box 847, Exeter
592-4913
Ron Michaelis
22581Adobe Rd, Red Bluff, CA
Bob C. Nuckols/Justin Nuckols
13144 Road 216, Porterville
784-2793
PB Ranches, Gabriel Pena
12094 Ave. 408, Cutler
528-6997
Peterson Farms
26789 Rd. 188, Exeter
592-5274
Tri-T Farms
29630 Rd. 44, Visalia
651-1301
INDUSTRIAL & AGRICULTURAL
EQUIPMENT AUCTION
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Jeremy Martella
16140 Highway 99, Tipton
752-3343
INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION
California Controlled Atmosphere
39138 Road 56, Dinuba
591-8874
INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES
Scout Specialties, Gary & Carolyn Lunsford
148 North M St., Dinuba
591-8234
Consolidated Peoples Ditch Co.
James Silva, Jr.
P.O. Box 366, Farmersville
625-2020
DUST CONTROL
661-635-0778
LIVESTOCK
Arrow Head Cattle Co.,
Bill Freeman
9303 W. Airport Dr, Visalia
625-1800
Stuhaan Cattle, Dane Stuhaan
4811 Ave 272, Visalia
688-7695
Tulare County Stockyard Inc.
Jon Dolieslager
9641 Ave. 384, Dinuba
591-0884
Visalia Livestock Market, Randy Baxley
PO Box 2529, Visalia
625-9615
MARKETING
MC Solutions
Mandy Critchley
P.O. Box 947, Kingsburg
799-4744
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
747-1177
IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
& SUPPLIES
Agri-Valley Irrigation, Inc., Rod Cantrell
PO Box 11881, Fresno
285-3893
Bennett & Bennett Irrigation
P.O. Box 190, Selma
896-0200
Bowsmith
131 Second St., Exeter
592-9485
Fruit Growers Supply
131 Rd 204, Woodlake
564-3525
Hydratec
County Line Rd & Rd 192 Delano
725-6656
693-4315
Rain for Rent, Mitch Martin
21500 W Manning, San Joaquin
LABOR CONTRACTOR
M & G Harvesting, Miguel Gutierrez
PO Box 242, Lindsay
333-1798
Pick Pack & Haul Inc.
Tony Chavez, Jr.
PO Box 1349, Porterville
539-3029
R.A. Franco Farm Labor
20084 Avenue 360, Woodlake
564-3620
805-5390
Salud Tapia Farm Labor
19070 Road 212, Strathmore
804-4345
LAND LEVELING/RIPPING/
ORCHARD REMOVAL
DEALER/BROKER
American Ag Inc.
PO Box 80416, Bakersfield
734-4649
686-2823
Brown's Custom Jewelry
Wade & Candace Brown
5103 W Goshen Ave – Ste E, Visalia
California Equipment Identification Services
Stan Stevens www.caeids.com
329-5188 cell: 786-6525
IRRIGATION DISTRICT
636-7000
CUSTOM JEWELRY
E and M Ag Services Inc.
PO Box 7208, Visalia
AUTO PARTS
Pixley Auto Parts & Farm Supply
418 S. Main St., Pixley
BATTERY SPECIALIST
Battery Systems, Ron Roth
1601 E. Main St, Visalia
COTTON
BASF Agricultural Research Station
10181 Ave 416, Dinuba
591-2548
Fruit Growers Laboratory, Inc.
3935 W. Victor, Visalia
734-9473
Innovative Ag Services LLC
1201 Lacey Blvd. Suite 5, Hanfod
587-2800
Research for Hire John Corkins
1696 S. Leggett, Porterville
784-5787
S&E Properties
13274 Perry Ct., Visalia
977-7282
Valley Tech Agricultural Services
2120 S. K St., Tulare
688-5684
Quality Paint & Body
739 N Ben Maddox Way, Visalia
Bank of the Sierra Ag Credit
PO Box 1930, Porterville
782-4432
Farm Credit West
3000 W. Main, Visalia
732-4501
Stifel Nicolaus, David C. Sharp
217 E. Caldwell, Visalia
622-1040
Suncrest Bank
400 W. Center, Visalia
802-1000
Tri Counties Bank
509 S. Pinkham, Visalia
741-2940
Tucoemas Federal Credit Union
2300 W. Whitendale, Visalia
732-8892
Valley Business Bank, Allen W. Stone
701 W. Main St., Visalia
622-9000
Westwood Capital Services / Dennis Sexton
813 W. Oak Ave. #C, Visalia
741-9400
BRUSH SHREDDING/TREE
TOPPING/HEDGING
Biagro Western Sales, Inc.
Peter Alvitre
35801 Road 132, Visalia
635-4784
Crumbliss & Horton, Inc.
24569 Ave 90 Terra Bella
535-4463
Central Valley Management, Inc.
36040 Rd. 172, Visalia
798-1821
Eastside Chemicals, Inc.
5612 S. Hills Valley Rd.
Orange Cove
626-4091
Farmers Fertilizer Supply, Jeff Penner
36071 Burke Dr., Traver
897-1500
Gillespie Ag Service, Dana Gillespie
15301 Road 192, Porterville
784-9021
Helena Chemical Company
25114 Road 204, Exeter
562-5400
Leffingwell Ag Sales
23576 Ave 96, Terra Bella
535-4461
McLean Spray Co., Inc, Mike McLean
19725 Ave 300, Exeter 592-4357 799-3611 cell
Natural Resources Group
34284 Road 196, Woodlake
564-1236
Orange Belt Supply & Co.
25244 Rd 204, Lindsay
562-2574
Polymer Ag LLC
PO Box 282, Orange Cove
495-0234
or 1-800-678-7377
Soil Basics Corp
PO Box 2609, Visalia
651-2772
SprayCo LLC
P.O. Box 7090, Visalia
625-9416
Tulare Ag Products, Robert Prather
3703 S. K Street, Tulare
686-5115
Allflex USA, Tom Polich
31045 Tower Rd., Visalia 783-6989
3935 W. Victor, Visalia
EQUIPMENT IDENTIFICATION
Barnett Land Leveling Co.
2300 N. Gill Rd., Exeter
592-2767
C & D Orchard Laser Leveling
16536 Ave. 288, Exeter
594-4769, 741-9613 or 625-4149
Mitch Barnett Land Developing
PO Box 44051, Lemon Cove
597-1500
California Grape & Tree Fruit League
Barry Bedwell
978 W Alluvial Suite 107, Fresno
226-6330
Exeter Chamber of Commerce
101 W. Pine St., Exeter
592-2917
International Agri-Center
4450 S Laspina, Tulare
688-1751
1-800-999-9186
Kings River Conservation District
4886 E. Jensen Ave., Fresno
237-5567
Porterville Chamber of Commerce
93 N. Main, Ste A, Porterville
784-7502
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
26 North L St,Tulare
686-1547
Tulare County Fair
215 Martin Luther King Jr., Tulare
686-4707
Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept - Prison Farm
Tom Guinn
36000 Rd. 112, Visalia 93291
Visalia Chamber of Commerce
220 N. Santa Fe, Visalia
734-5876
PACKING HOUSES
Golden Maid Packers
19812 Rd 232, Strathmore
Paul Enos Packing, Inc.
14257 Ave. 320, Visalia
Sequoia Orange Co., Inc.
150 W. Pine, Exeter
Venida Packing Company
Verne Crookshanks
19823 Ave. 300, Exeter,
Visalia Citrus Packing Group
Golden State Packers
19743 Ave. 344, Woodlake
568-2030
738-8331
592-9455
592-2816
564-3351
737-6948
747-0618
592-3154
651-1760
732-8381
PRODUCE BROKERAGE &
MARKETING
The Chuck Olsen Company
PO Box 6487, Visalia,
Green Tree International Inc
113 N Church, Visalia
REAL ESTATE SALES/
DEVELOPMENT & APPRAISAL
K.W. Ag Division Real Estate, Manuel Ortiz, Jr.
1967 Hillman, Tulare
972-0909
Pearson Realty, Jim Olivas
1820 S. Central St. #C, Visalia,
732-7300
The Ranch Company
3449 S. Demaree, Ste B, Visalia
733-3232
Schuil & Associates, Marc Schuil
5020 W Mineral King, Visalia
734-1700
Zengel & Associates
George Zengel
1393 W. Shaw Ave. Ste. 101, Fresno 226-8152
AAA Security Inc.
321 E. Noble, Bldg. C, Farmersville
Pipkin Detective Agency
4318 W. Mineral King, Visalia
651-5900
732-8608
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Baker, Manock & Jensen,
Christopher Campbell
5260 N. Palm Ave., Ste. 421, Fresno 432-5400
Bret Bastrire, CPA
3330 W Mineral King #C, Visalia
625-9240
Buckman-Mitchell, Inc.
500 N. Santa Fe, Visalia
733-1181
Dennis R. Keller/James H. Wegley,
Water Engineers
209 S. Locust, Visalia
732-7938
DG Insurance Agency Inc.
309 N. Garden St., Visalia 733-0221
Dias Law Firm Inc. – Attorneys at Law
Michael Dias
502 W Grangeville Blvd, Hanford
585-7330
Franklin & Associates Taxes, Bookkeeping,
Financial Planning, Real Estate
Paul Franklin
65 W Olive, Porterville
782-1941
Gilman, Harris & Travioli,
an Accountancy Corp
313 E. Caldwell, Visalia
627-2725
Golden State Crop Insurance
Kristine Fox
P.O. Box 905, Hanford
587-9007
M. Green and Company LLC
Kevin M Green
308 South M St., Tulare
688-7401
Hocking Denton Palmquist, CPA
3326 W. Mineral King Ave, Visalia
625-4444
Horswill, Mederos & Soares, Attorneys
791 N. Cherry, Tulare
686-3861
McCormick Barstow LLP, Attorneys At Law
Anthony Raimondo
5 River Park Place East, Fresno
433-1300
Mitchell Insurance Services
Kelly Mitchell
1039 N. Demaree, Visalia
713-1315
Karen Munger Insurance Services
2902 W. Main St., Visalia
733-2663
Nielsen & Associates Insurance
Bill Nielsen
502 N Kaweah, Exeter
(800) 842-8818
NSE Insurance Agencies, Inc.
Ken Stevens
160 South D, Exeter
592-9411
594-5600
622-8890
SOIL FUMIGATION
TriCal Inc
P.O. Box 1327, Hollister
651–0140
STATE MARKETING ORDER
Citrus Research Board
323 W. Oak, Visalia
PETROLEUM DISTRIBUTORS
& PRODUCTS
Delta Liquid Energy (propane)
Dennis Parker
648 N Farmersville Blvd, Farmersville
Jack Griggs Inc
1149 S Kaweah, Exeter
J.C. Lansdowne Inc.
8601 W. Roosevelt Ave, Visalia
Valley Pacific Petroleum Services
1633 E. Mineral King, Visalia
QUALITY CONTROL
Fresh Buyers Inspections, Inc, Kevin Beno
PO Box 3745, Visalia
733-5556
SECURITY
PAVING
Russell Paving
Joe Russell
1110 N. Cain St., Visalia
Pacific Employers
306 N Willis, Visalia
733-4256
Pine, Pedroncelli & Aguilar Inc., CPA
William Pine
5100 W. Cypress, Visalia
625-9800
Rauber & Johnson, Attorneys
James C. Johnson
1007 N. Demaree St., Visalia
741-1800
R L Schafer & Associates
2904 W. Main, Visalia
734-1348
Ron Frazier, Financial Consulting
10885 Avenue 360, Visalia
738-8523
State Compensation Insurance Fund
Joe Gonzalez, District Manager
10 River Park Place East, Fresno
433-2600
Steve Bratcher & Associates, CPA
1124 N. Chinowth Rd., Visalia
627-6916
Valley Industrial & Family Medical Group
225 S Chinowth, Visalia
627-3222
Vollmer, Daniel, Gaebe & Grove, CPA
100 Willow Plaza, Suite 400, Visalia 733-1051
Ward R. Stringham, Attorney at Law
756 E Tulare Ave, Tulare
686-1747
738-0246
TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT
Proteus Inc.
1830 N. Dinuba Blvd., Visalia
733-5423
TRUCK & TRAILER
E M Tharp, Inc.
15243 Rd. 192, Porterville
782-5800
UTILITIES
Pacific Gas & Electric Company,
Kuyler Crocker
705 P Street, Fresno
Southern California Edison
2425 S. Blackstone St., Tulare
Southern California Gas Company
Matthew Hendrick
404 N Tipton, Visalia
263-5308
685-3246
739-2389
VETERINARY SERVICES
Gerald Haggard
302 South F St, Exeter
Valley Veterinarians, Inc.
2861 S. K St., Tulare
592-5210
686-1447
WATER PURIFICATION/
LIVESTOCK HEALTH
Oxy Blast, Zak Motala
41611 Nicomen Island Trunk Rd.
Deroche, B.C. Canada
866-466-8252
WELDING FABRICATION
Doug DeLeo Welding Inc
PO Box 878, Lindsay
562-3700
WELLS/PUMPS/PIPE
Cal Gro Pump Service Inc.
Bob Tracy
9817 W. Grove Ave., Visalia
651-0802
Tommy’s Pump Service Inc. / Carver Pump
Brian Geary
26473 Harrison Rd, Visalia
1-855-622-7837 (TOLL FREE)
Kaweah Pump, Inc.
15499 Ave 280, Visalia
747-0755
US Farm Systems, John Houle
2955 South “K”, Tulare,
685-0340
Willitts Pump
30548 Road 196, Exeter
594-5020
Witzel Pump Service, Tim Witzel
22741 Ave 178, Porterville
781-5515
cell 783-3993
WOOD STAKES
Kens Stakes & Supplies
193 S. Mariposa Ave,Visalia
747-1313
WORKFORCE TRAINING
& EDUCATION
Tulare County Workforce Investment Board
309 W. Main Street, Suite 120, Visalia 713 5200
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Membership
Calendar
September
5
Labor Day holiday – office closed
8
Board of Directors, 4:00 pm, TCFB
13
Education Committee, 4:15 pm, TCFB
13
YF&R Committee, 6:30 pm, details on Facebook/E-mail
14
Fundraiser Committee, 4:00 pm, TCFB
14-18 Tulare County Fair
17
Tulare County Fair, Junior Livestock Auction,
Tulare County Fairgrounds
20
Youth Leadership Orientation seminar, 6:00 pm, TCFB
21
Tulare County Ag Advisory meeting, 3:00 pm,
Tulare Ag Building
24
Bounty of the County event, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Ritchie's Barn,
east of Visalia
27
Above Ground Storage Tank Workshop, 3:00 pm, TCFB
29
Land Use Committee, 3:00 pm, TCFB
October
4
Finance Committee, 3:00 pm, TCFB
4
Executive Committee, 4:00 pm, TCFB
5
Garden Workshop for Teachers and Plant Give-away, 4:00 pm,
COS Farm, Visalia
6
Cotton Safety Day, 7:30 am, Mid Valley Gin, Tulare
11
Education Committee, 4:15 pm, TCFB
11
YF&R Committee, 6:30 pm, details on Facebook/E-mail
13
Board of Directors, 4:00 pm, TCFB
13-14 Youth Leadership trip to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (overnight)
15
UC Master Gardeners Workshop for Teachers, Tulare
15
Ag Fest, International Agri-Center, Tulare
19
Tulare County Ag Advisory meeting, 3:00 pm, Tulare Ag Building
27
Land Use Committee, 4:00 pm, TCFB
I’m a TCFB member because...
My early beginning
with Farm Bureau
started with my
membership in
Young Farmers and
Ranchers. I joined
the Young Farmers
and Ranchers after
returning to the
family farm upon
receiving my college
degree. At that time,
Young Farmers and
Ranchers offered me
networking among other farmers and agribusiness professionals
in my region. Becoming involved in Farm Bureau has offered
me similar experiences in networking, not only in different
agricultural commodities but also introducing me to farmers
across the state of California. I will continue being a Farm
Bureau member because of the local & state Farm Bureau
publications keeping me current on legislative affairs,
regulation changes, and controversial issues that are at the
fore-front of our industry.
Josh Pitigliano
Pitigliano Farms, Tipton
Member Since 2002
AG BUILDING 409 N. Shirk, Visalia
FOR LEASE
Zoned Ag or Vet related business, approx. 4,126 sq. ft., 1 acre,
a/c shop, confer room, built-in reception area, 2 walk-in
refrigerators, $4126.00 per month.
The Whitlatch Group
Bill Whitlatch
559-732-3034
www.whitlatchre.com
(lic #00874715)
September 2011
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
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TCFB Board of Directors
Executive Committee
President
st
1 Vice President
nd
2 Vice President
Treasurer
Past President
CFBF District Director
Livestockyards Representative
Livestockyards Chairman
Young Farmers &
Ranchers Representative
YF&R Chair
District 1 Representatives
Larry Peltzer
Steve Godlin
Joey Airoso
Ed Needham
Keith Watkins
Craig Knudson
(559) 798-0051
(559) 804-8680
(559) 967-5258
(559) 977-7282
(559) 834-5345
(559) 337-2140
Craig Ainley
(559) 287-6633
Matt Watkins
(559) 734-1243
Robert Blattler
Keith Cosart
Terry Langiano
(559) 392-1700
(559) 592-2821
(559) 686-2079
Jennifer Wessel
Tom Barcellos
(559) 752-4633
(559) 730-6895
Beth Baxley
Kevin Kohnen
(559) 625-9615
(559) 991-6587
Bob Berry
Irene Bly
Joe Russell
Jordan Whaley
Vacant
(559) 804-0667
(559) 798-0346
(559) 734-6948
(559) 972-7879
District 2 Representatives
District 3 Representatives
District 4 Representatives
District 5 Representatives
Joel Merritt
(559) 784-8916
Roger Everett
(559) 333-0283
Josh Pitigliano
(559) 752-4319
Commodity Advisory State Committee Representatives
Animal Health & Welfare
Jennifer Wessel, D.V.M.
Apiary
Roger Everett
Beef Cattle
Jon Dolieslager
Citrus/Avocado
Chris Lange
Dairy
Joey Airoso
Food Safety & Biotechnology
Brody Blain
Forestry
Jeff Gletne
Grapes
Pat Pinkham
Hay
Justin Nuckols
Horticulture
Sal Soriano
Public Lands
Larry Duysen
Specialty Crops
Josh Pitigliano
Terry Baker
Service Committees
Education (co-chairs)
Sandi Gist-Langiano / David Sharp
Finance
Ed Needham
Fundraiser
Ed Needham
Land Use
Brian Blain / Craig Knudson
Agri Tourism
Bob McKellar
Membership
Ed Needham
Property
Keith Watkins
Rural Health & Safety/Rural Crime Prevention
Larry Stoneburner, M.D.
Scholarship
Vacant
Water Resources
Keith Watkins
YF&R State Representative
Karen Whaley
New Members
Tulare County Farm Bureau
Welcome to our new members!
July 15 - August 15, 2011
District 1
AG
Citrus Care Solutions, Exeter
District 2
A
Mark Fernandes, Tulare
District 3
A
Leticia Rubio, Visalia
A
Carrie Crane, Visalia
A
Barbara Crane, Norco
AG
John Feyk, Rancho Palos Verdes
A
Kevin Schultz, Visalia
A
Niki Woodard, Visalia
AG
J.M. Bragg, Visalia
District 4
AG
John Alcorn, Morro Bay
AG
Eric D. Chavez, Orosi
AG
Elkhorn Dairy, Visalia
A
Prentis Uyeg, Dinuba
AG
Ruben Santellan, Visalia
A
Steven Voth, Dinuba
District 5
AG
Julie Allen, Springville
A = Associate (sustaining)
AG = Agricultural (voting)
BS = Business Support
Page 16
Tulare County Farm Bureau News
September 2011
Will Employers Drop Health Insurance in 2014?
A recent employer survey conducted by management consulting
company McKinsey & Company
found that implementation of
important parts of the Affordable
Care Act in 2014 will cause dramatic changes in employers' benefit
packages:
employer plan
• At least 30% of employers say
they would gain economically from
dropping health coverage, even if
they made up for it by paying
employees more or offering other
benefits, and
• More than 85% of employees
• Thirty percent of employers will
definitely or probably stop offering
coverage after 2014
• Among employers with a high
awareness of reform, this proportion increases to more than 50%,
and as many as 60% will pursue
some alternative to traditional
would remain at their jobs even if
their employers stopped offering
coverage, although about 60% said
they'd expect a salary boost to make
up for the dropped coverage. That's
counter to the popular belief that
employees who don't get employersponsored coverage will jump ship.
More information about the
McKinsey & Company study is
posted at www.fels.net/find.
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VM: (559) 732-8003
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FUEL & OIL
LEGAL
J. C. LANSDOWNE, INC.
HORSWILL, MEDEROS & SOARES
CONSTRUCTION
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STEVEN C. LANSDOWNE
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 6070
Visalia, CA 93290
Fax (559) 651-8156
Bulk Plant
8601 W. Roosevelt Ave.
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone (559) 651-1760
791 North Cherry Street
P.O. Box 29
Tulare, CA 93275
Phone: 559.686.3861
Fax: 559.686.1514
Joseph Lewis Horswill
Dennis A. Mederos
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