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By Vicky Boyd

SJ County issued drought designation
Diana Connolly, who runs a cow-calf operation with her family near Tracy, typically doesn’t have to feed hay during the forage season that runs January through April. This year, they did because of unusually dry conditions. Photo by Vicky Boyd.

San Joaquin County is among 22 counties in the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared primary natural disaster areas June 16, providing producers and small businesses access to emergency loans.

By Craig W. Anderson

Farmers, politicians, rural residents and Farm Bureau understand that the value of San Joaquin County’s agriculture extends far beyond just the worth of the crops themselves. The Agricultural Commissioner’s 2018 Crop Report is the latest crop report available and it puts the county’s 2018 gross agricultural value at $2.6 billion, a 2.62 percent increase over the 2017 value of $2.5 billion.

By Vicky Boyd

As if the market and business disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic weren’t enough, agriculture and allied businesses face additional hardships should voters pass the split-roll property tax ballot proposal (Proposition 15) in November.

By Craig W. Anderson

The new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1 and San Joaquin County farmers and ranchers should benefit from better prospects in Mexico and Canada.

By Craig W. Anderson

The $18 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is helping farmers and ranchers with funding for ag products that suffered setbacks due to the pandemic. The program was created by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in April in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Vicky Boyd

When Donald Drake moved up to chairman of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers from treasurer early this year, he had a number of goals he wanted to accomplish for the group, including increasing membership. But the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place order put a damper on those plans as well as many other YF&R activities.