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By Craig W. Anderson

On  Feb. 17, the United States Department of Agriculture's released a recommended decision that a California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) be established, which was published in the Federal Register.

SJFB Second Vice President Ken Vogel, President Jim Ferrari and First Vice President David Strecker are ready to tackle the ag issues ahead of them and the Farm Bureau the next two years. Photo by Vicky Boyd.

By Vicky Boyd

Despite historic rain and snow this winter that caused flooding in parts of the county, the three incoming San Joaquin Farm Bureau officers spoke in unison when they said water remains the top issue.

By Craig W. Anderson

Dairies are some of the most highly regulated agricultural operations and this provides an example of how regulators pick off a segment of the ag industry, and those regulations tend to spread to the rest of the ag industry. As this occurs, Farm Bureau appreciates regulatory reforms that would improve the federal rulemaking process. Reasonable rules would create an atmosphere of cautious optimism that the regulated sectors could eventually be brought into compliance. Those rules tend to the rest of agriculture.

By Vicky Boyd

Chances are when you've called the San Joaquin Farm Bureau during the past 23 years, you've heard, "Farm Bureau, this is Kathy, may I help you?"

By Craig W. Anderson

Milk prices to dairy producers have more to do with red ink than milk as the overbase price remains at a miserably low level and the dairy farmer's woes extend to the alfalfa hay growers who aren't selling enough hay to stay out of the red.

By Kevin Swartzendruber

The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation held its 103rd Annual Meeting on May 12 with a focus on education and scholarships, as well as a look at the successes over the past year and challenges facing the agricultural community.