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By Craig W. Anderson

This is a county-maintained channel and levee within the proposed assessment area.
Photo courtesy of the SJC Flood Control and Water Conservation District

 

San Joaquin County’s Public Works Department is proposing a new program called Flood CALM [Control And Levee Maintenance] that would establish a flood conveyance and levee maintenance assessment district.

The department is responsible for maintaining and operating the county’s water channels and levees, funded by revenues from the county’s Flood Control and Water Conservation District Zone 9.

By Craig W. Anderson

San Joaquin County’s first three applications to grow cannabis have been filed with the county Community Development Department and San Joaquin Farm Bureau has concerns about the applications.

“This all seems premature; cannabis is legal in California but not elsewhere,” said SJFB Executive Director Bruce Blodgett. “Cannabis is the opposite of the commodities we already grow here. The rules and regulations for growing cannabis crops haven’t proven to be effective elsewhere and we’ve seen chaos because the Feds have hemp rules but nothing for cannabis yet.”

By Vicky Boyd

The San Joaquin Farm Bureau recently held a half-day informational and work meeting to help growers interested in applying for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, or SWEEP, grants.

SJFB Executive Director Bruce Blodgett said the program is mutually beneficial because it helps the state reach its goals of reducing water use and greenhouse gas emissions while providing financial incentives to growers to improve their irrigation systems.

By Vicky Boyd

The San Joaquin Farm Bureau took a page from Ag in the Classroom, hosting San Joaquin Delta College leaders recently on a daylong show-and-tell tour of the county’s largest industry – agriculture. The group received a first-hand view of the changing nature of agriculture and how farmers and allied agricultural industries need a highly skilled, trained workforce.

“It’s hands-on education,” said SJFB President David Strecker. “We can have meetings on the campus. But to get out and see the crops being grown and to meet the people who are involved, it’s hands on. It’s face to face.”

By Vicky Boyd

As agriculture has evolved over the years to meet changing needs, so too has what originally started out as the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Media Night. This year, the event was moved to November from July, renamed Harvesting Happenings, and catered by the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton.

“We’ve been talking about a harvest kind of party at the end of the year, and I think heat has been a factor (with media night) during the summer time,” said SJFB President David Strecker. “We were also looking to streamline some of our things, so this is our holiday party get-together where we’re celebrating multiple things. Some things are different, but we’re not totally changing the game plan.”

By Vicky Boyd

The San Joaquin County Agriculture Commissioner’s office trapped two Oriental fruit flies near Tracy in mid-October, setting in motion concentrated surveying and localized treatment programs. The California Department of Food and Agriculture won’t impose a more restrictive quarantine unless six or more flies are found.

But the discovery nonetheless raises concern among growers of the more than 230 crops the invasive pest can attack and damage. “It’s kind of frustrating that something like this comes up,” said Jake Samuel, who grows walnuts and cherries with his dad and brothers near Linden. “The last thing we need is another fruit fly.”