San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation

Thank You to our Agriculture Members who have “Stepped Up.”

A & A Cattle Co   Ray Lagorio
Adrian Ranch   Lange Twins Partnership
Anderson Barngrove Ranch Co   John A Lakso
John Azevedo   A Mark Lewis
Bavaro Farming Company Inc   Mark Mayer
Bokisch Ranches LLC   Bruce Mettler
Brocchini Farms Inc   Mohr Fry Ranches
Jeff Brown   Moore & Moore
Phillip Brumley   Mark Nomellini
California Masterplant   Panella Trucking LLC
Camera Brothers   Peter Boysen Realty
Cardoza Bros   Phippen Bros
Central Valley Welding Mechanic   Purviance Drillers Inc
Chardon Farms Inc   R & A Miller Inc
CLC Farms   River Bend Orchards
Cubiburu Livestock   R D J Farms Inc
DeJong Farms   Roorda Ranches Inc
Ferrari Farms Inc   S & R Egg Ranch Company
Fry & Sons LLC   Paul Sanguinetti
John Galeazzi   Rodney Schatz
Brad Goehring   Angelo Stagnaro
John Graffigna   Ladon Strapp
Jack Hamm   David Strecker
Jasbir S Gill Family Ltd Partnership   Superior Fruit Ranch Inc
Rob Kammerer   Richard Thompson
Matt Katicich   Triple S Farming LLC
Edward Van Diemen   Venice Island Inc
John Van Duyn   Vink Custom Farming Inc
Glenn Van Ruler   Richard Wagner
Ernest Vasti   West Wind Farms
JoAnn Veenstra   Michael Weststeyn
Richard Veldstra   Carolyn Weyen Reynolds
     
     

Your commitment to keep agriculture strong is an honor.

Who else will “Step Up” to join these honored individuals?

 

It’s Time to Step Up

By Heather Boyd

SJFB Program Assistant

There is a quote that states "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." This quote holds true to many teams, clubs and organizations who are fighting for something. Whether it's the United States Olympic Team fighting for first place or our Farm Bureau staff fighting for another legislative victory in Sacramento, we count on each other to pull through and get the Gold.

This is why we are counting on our members to do their part and step up in supporting San Joaquin County Farm Bureau.

For the past 104 years that the SJFB has been fighting and advocating for agriculture, it has always had a membership structure comprised of basic membership levels. Today these basic levels are agricultural memberships, business memberships and associate memberships. However, over the past 104 years the fight has grown increasingly more difficult for anyone on the agricultural side, especially at the local level. It is vital for the agricultural industry that we work together, as a united voice, to protect our livelihood and to make sure our industry is just as strong for future generations.

Funding this fight is far from easy and we are asking our members to step up and help protect this industry that is so important to all of us. Our dedicated Board of Directors has looked into the ways different organizations structure their dues. Some organizations charge a per acre fee, some charge a fee based on gross annual income, some even charge a fee based on the weight of the commodity, while others have dues based on a % taken out of a monthly check. All of these systems make the membership have an equal value to all members.

After looking over all of these different dues structures, while considering the numerous different commodities, acreage and business types that our organization represents, we came up with the "Step Up Plan."

The "Step Up Plan" is the new organizational structure for the agricultural membership level. Within the step up plan the base rate for agricultural members will remain at our current due amount of $300. However, the plan will then include different categories within the Agricultural Membership Level, these categories are based on Annual Gross Income.

If a member has an annual gross income of $500,000 or less they will fall in the $300 category.

If a member has an annual gross income between $500,000 and $1 million they will fall in the $500 category. This membership level also includes one bonus subscription of the SJFB News.

If a member has an annual gross income between $1 million and $2 million they will fall in the $1,000 category. This membership level also includes two bonus subscriptions of the SJFB News.

Lastly, if a member has an annual gross income higher than $2 million they will fall in the $1,500 category. This membership level also includes three bonus subscriptions of the SJFB News.

While it is impossible for us to know the actual gross income of any of our members, this structure is a recommendation for what you should be paying and is based on your honesty and your willingness to step up and help agriculture fight against the numerous regulations that some local and state legislators are trying to implement on our farms and ranches. The new dues structure was implemented at the beginning of our membership year, which was November 2016.

We ask all of our members to step up to their appropriate category. Step up to keep our chain strong. Step up to better our 104 year old grassroots organization. Step up to fight and protect the family farm and ranch.

If you have any questions about the Step Up plan or membership in general, please call our office at 209-931-4931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The fight is far from over!