San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation

Your San Joaquin Farm Bureau staff and dedicated board of directors’ work to ensure that agriculture stays in San Joaquin County and our voice is heard at the county, state and national level. Take a look to see how we accomplished this each month in 2018.



January
SJFB was well represented at the AFBF Annual Meeting in Nashville where our representatives were able to attend President Trump’s speech.
YF&R competed on the national level.
Joe Ferrari competed in Achievement Award.
Amy & Tyler Blagg were top 10 in Excellence in Ag Award.
Katie Veenstra made it to the sweet 16 in Discussion Meet.
Participated in the Stockton AgVenture by preparing lunch for the volunteers.
Held a 2018 FELS Labor Law update and a Produce Safety Training.
Staff worked with industry groups on immigration legislation and a guest worker program.
Board member Joe Ferrari and staff member Rachael Fleming were accepted into the 2018 Leadership Farm Bureau class. 

February
Staff attended the Air Resources Board’s FARMER Public Meeting and a meeting on Fish Friendly Farming Practices in the Delta.
Farm Bureau supported community events including; Grape Day, Lodi District Grape Grower’s Annual Meeting, Robert’s Union Crab Feed and the SJ Fair Community Meeting.
Held the Roberts Union and Tracy Farm Center Annual Meeting(s).
Our executive director gave interviews to the media on a variety of topics including; frost, nutria invasion, asparagus production and immigration policy.
Foundation and SJFB board made a donation in memory of longtime board member and past president Bruce Mettler. Staff worked with industry groups on immigration legislation and a guest worker program.
The “Natalie the Cow” program educated high school students during FFA week at Sierra and East Union High School(s). Natalie the Cow also helped to educate the over 2,800 third-grade students who attended Lodi AgVenture, while board members and other staff members prepared lunch for the volunteers.
Provided comments to SWRCB on irrigated lands program.
Staff helped coordinate the annual Spray Safe Program.
Met with Keenan Direct to advance membership benefits program.
The Ag Education Committee presented the careers it takes to make a pizza presentation to seventh and eighth graders at Lodi Middle School.
Held a successful Sexual Harassment Prevention training class in both English and Spanish at no cost to our members.v Revamped our website www.sjfb.org.
Over 20 of our Young Farmers & Ranchers attended the state conference/national conference in Reno.
Board member and YF&R member Katie Veenstra received the 2017 Star YF&R award.

March
Participated in Ag Day at the Capital along with the other members of the Delta Caucus; educating elected officials about the Delta Tunnels.
Held the Victor/Acampo/Lafayette, Escalon and Linden/Collegeville Farm Center Meeting(s).
Board members and staff attended the California Farm Bureau Federation Leaders Conference and met with elected officials to discuss issues impacting agriculture.
Had a membership booth at Pacific Southwest Irrigation Open House & the SJFB Foundation 27th Annual Wine Tasting. Educated Stockton Unified students about careers in agricultural as part of their career fair.
The Rural Health & Safety committee held a well-attended CPR/First Aid training class and met to plan their early summer/fall trainings.
Representatives attended the Issue Advisory Committee Meetings and discussed California Bureau policy and current issues.
The Foundation held a very successful 27th Annual Wine Tasting “A Taste of San Joaquin,” raising over $60,000 for agricultural education programs and scholarships.
The Ag Education Committee held the San Joaquin County Agricultural Poster Contest.
Partnered with 4-H to begin a new series of summer camps for local youth centered around technology and leadership in agriculture.
Young Farmers & Ranchers held an industry tour of Corto Olive Co. and representatives attended a social with Sacramento YF&R and an industry tour with Stanislaus YF&R.

April
The Endorsement Committee held interviews with candidates running for office.
  Held the Calla Nile Farm Center Annual Meeting.
Held an Estate Planning seminar with Nationwide’s Land as Your Legacy program and a Tax Update seminar coupled with a members’ shredding service.
Held a Safety Seminar covering heat illness, CAL/OSHA Top 10 violations and equipment safety.
Attended the SJC Advisory Water Commission.
Nominated representative for the Groundwater Authority Stakeholders Committee.
Met and discuss issues with the Secretary for Environmental Protection Agency.
Taught students how to make ice cream in a ziplock bag as part of the 2018 Poster Contest.
Attended the St. Anthony’s Farm Day where we educated 7th and 8th Grade classes about the careers it takes to make a pizza.
Our YF&R hosted Gold Country YF&R on a day of tours showing them some of the agriculture here in San Joaquin County. President Ferrari attended “One-Voice” trip to Washington, D.C.
Continued working with the county to find solutions under SGMA to reduce reporting requirements for domestic wells. Met with Assembly Member Heath Flora to discuss taxation, regulation and tree trimming issues.
Underground Storage Tank fees proposal addressed by board of supervisors. SJFB was able to help members by reducing fees.
Met with Sacramento County Farm Bureau on Delta issues.

May
Met with the Delta College Ag Program to urge them to expand and improve offerings to local students.
Participated in a strategic planning meeting with the other members of the Delta Caucus.
Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.
The Rural Health & Safety committee held a well-attended CPR/First Aid training class, Heat Illness Prevention and Hazmat Hauling. We also had a Rural Crime Seminar that the Sheriff Department unveiled the newest crime deterrent and recovery technology, SmartWater.
The Water Committee worked on a SGMA awareness project to inform growers.
The Agricultural Education Committee held the third year of the Healthy Snack Program educating fourth-grade students at Clairmont and Westwood elementary school about specialty crops.
Natalie the Cow visited Great Valley Elementary School in Stockton where she educated kindergarten and first-grade classes about the dairy industry.
The Ag Education Committee presented the award for a second Poster Contest winner at Bethany Elementary School in Mountain House teaching the students to make ice cream in a ziplock bag.
Staff attended Government Leadership Training for County boards and the Leadership Federal Policy trip to Washington, D.C.
Staff attended the SJC Advisory Water Commission, the SJ County Ag Advisory Committee, the Stakeholder to the Governor Budget meeting.
SJFB members participated in event for Supervisor Chuck Winn.
The Endorsement Committee met with several candidates and announced SJFB’s endorsements for those races.
Staff met with applicants of a proposed distillery in the Delta.
SJFB had a membership table at the Duarte Friends Day event.
Victor Farm Center awarded a scholarship to FFA students at Tokay and Lodi High School.

June
Stopped the fee increase that would have occurred with a San Joaquin County Underground Storage Tanks proposed drastic fee increase.
Educated County Fair attendees of what it takes to feed a family of four for a year with our educational fair booth.
SJFB Foundation held a full Ag In the Classroom Conference, educating teachers about San Joaquin agriculture over four days.
Held our 104th Annual Meeting at Gill Lake in Acampo where we awarded over $45,000 in scholarships to local students. Received an update on Nutria from Fish & Wildlife.
SJFB President attended the Presidents’ Conference in Sacramento.
Prepared and served over 600 lunches for auction buyers at Ag Fest. We also Supported 4-H and FFA students by buying animals at the Ag Fest Livestock Auction.
Launched the 2019 Gun Calendar Fundraiser at Annual Meeting.
Attended SJ County Ag Advisory Committee.
Worked with Delta College on holding an industry meeting to support the Ag Department.
Rural Health & Safety Committee outlined a yearlong schedule of trainings for the rest of 2018 and all of 2019.
Staff met with the cannabis attorney to discuss concerns if cannabis production is permitted in SJ County.
Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.
San Joaquin YF&R held a mixer meeting with Stanislaus County YF&R.
The Water Committee continued working on a SGMA awareness project to inform growers.

July
Hosted a meeting on Nutria for multi-agency plan of action.
Met with Congressmen Jeff Denham and Tom McClintock along with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Staff and several board members attended an industry meeting to support the San Joaquin Delta College Ag Department; where we offered to take the trustees and school leaders on agriculture tours. 
Hosted over 100 members, elected officials and members of the media at our annual VIP/Media Night, an event focused on building relationships between our guests. 
YF&R committee held a very successful 9th Annual “Summer Bounty” Fundraiser at Klinker Brick Winery.
Partnered with 4-H to co-host the AgTech summer day camp where we educated 9-13 year old’s about technology in agriculture.
Coordinated ag vehicles for a county demonstration on roundabouts in the ag zones.
The Land Use Committee sent letter of support for an Almond Packing Shed a letter of concern of the proposed San Joaquin Winery Ordinance and a letter of opposition to SWRCB’s unimpaired flows proposal and on the Forward Landfill expansion.
Develop plan of action to participate in a Water Rally and SWRCB Meeting in August.
Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.
Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group.
Addressed Lodi SIRS group and Association of Pacific Ports Conference.

August
Hosted bus transportation to the Water Rally at the Capitol.
Executive Director provided comments to the State Water Resource Control Board critical of unimpaired flow criteria.
SJFB Board of Directors received a presentation about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Our executive director and president attended a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.
Hosted a Congressional Debate turned Townhall Meeting for Congressman Denham.
Met with Delta Caucus to discuss comments on Delta tunnels, unimpaired flows, and glyphosate.
Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group.
Staff participated in dedication of Woodward Island Bridge Project.
Presented new membership benefit program with UnWired to provide WiFi service for members at a discount.
Visited with Step Up Business Members.
Political Education & Endorsement Committee interviewed candidates.
Participated in planning meeting for the 2019 Spray Safe Program.
SJFB had a booth at the Lodi Unified School District Career and College Fair.

September
SJFB members and staff attended and volunteered to provide dinner for Governor Candidate John Cox in Lodi.
Continued to visit with Step Up Business Members.
Natalie the Cow participated in the Lodi Grape Festival helping to educate children about the dairy industry.
Partnered with CWA and the Cattlewomen’s to donate pumpkins and cabbage to the home economics and nutritional departments in San Joaquin County. Roughly 2,200 students. 
YF&R held a tour of LVVR Sparkling Wines in Lockeford.
Sponsored the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance in Murphy’s.
Participated in the Stomp-Out Cancer event in Micke Grove Park with an ag educational table.
Endorsement Committee met to interview more candidates.

Every Month 
Our committees and board meet to discuss their various programs and/or work ongoing issues affecting agriculture.
  The Land Use and Environmental Affairs Committee meets and reviews land use applications and submits comments on applications affecting agriculture.
Staff and board members provide interviews to a various media and networks on issues related to agriculture.