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By Vicky Boyd

Changes to the Irrigated Lands Management Program that will require domestic well testing and water-use reporting could burden growers with more paperwork and higher costs when they likely take effect in 2019.

By Vicky Boyd

Growers applied water to almond orchards and trees to try to protect them from hard freezes in mid-February. Due to falling temperatures, the water turned to icicles in some areas.Photo by Vicky Boyd

Rollercoaster weather from mid-February through March brought unseasonal warm temperatures, hard freezes, rain, hail and strong winds that damaged trees in bloom. But growers say it will be at least several weeks before they have a better idea about the extent of the damage.

By Craig W. Anderson

Katie Veenstra, a San Joaquin Farm Bureau member from Escalon, won another major award from a Farm Bureau competition, this time the Star YF&R Award during the annual California Farm Bureau Federation YF&R conference in Reno. The award recognizes an outstanding young farmer or rancher in California who goes above and beyond in service to agriculture, community, YF&R and Farm Bureau. Veenstra, who won the YF&R’s Open Discussion Meet at the CFBF Annual Meeting in Garden Grove, said of her win, "I was very humbled and honored to have been nominated and then to have received this Star Award. I was definitely surprised, as I hadn’t known our YF&R had submitted me."

By Gary Daniel, Bowman & Company

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” bringing about numerous changes to the current tax law. The Act dramatically changes many tax provisions for individual and business taxpayers, including reducing tax rates, reducing or eliminating some deductions, while increasing or adding others, and changes to various credits and the alternative minimum tax (AMT). The following is a recap of some of those changes. 

The 27th Annual SJFB Foundation for Agricultural Education’s Taste of San Joaquin wine tasting event was held on March 15 at the Cabral Ag Center.