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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 levels. Take a look to see how we accomplished this each from October 2018 to September 2019.

Every Month

Our committees and board meet to discuss their various programs and/or 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 various media and networks on issues related to agriculture.

Staff and board members meet with elected officials to discuss legislation and ordinances affecting agriculture.

October

Water Committee had CDFW give update on the Nutria Issue.

Visited with Step Up Business Members.

Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group.

Hired outside counsel to review and make comments on our behalf on the Forward Landfill DSEIR.

YF&R hosted a pumpkin patch with 175 preschoolers for the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

Cannabis Committee reviewed the San Joaquin County Development Title Text Amendment of new regulations regarding Commercial Cannabis and submitted comments.

Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.

The SJFB Foundation for Ag Education held the FFA Blue Jacket Program and received applications from seven FFA Chapters.

Met with Congressman Jeff Denham and representative of the Army Corps of Engineers on levee maintenance and issue related to WOTUS.

Farm Bureau and YF&R arranged pumpkin donations throughout the county for various agricultural education purposes.

Attended and spoke against the Water Fix project at a hearing by the Delta Stewardship Council.

Participated in a F&M Bank fundraiser for the United Way.

Hosted an Insurance Agent Open House.

Had membership table to the Wilbur Ellis Growers Appreciation Lunch.

Sponsored the San Joaquin Ag Hall of Fame dinner in which numerous prominent individuals in the community were honored.

November

Visited with Step Up Business Members.

Calla Nile Farm Center held its quarterly meeting.

Testified at water board hearing against proposal on unimpaired flows.

Testified at CARB Board meeting on higher fuel & end energy prices and their detrimental impact to Ag.

Addressed Leadership Stockton group on Ag in San Joaquin County.

Attended the Delta College Ag & Natural Resources Foundation Dinner Fundraiser.

Attended DiBuduo and Defendis harvest party and Lodi District Grape Growers harvest party.

Supported the National Ag Science Center Ag Hall of Fame Gala.

Worked with CFBF on Climate Smart Technical Assistance Program.

Met with SJFB YF&R on Discussion Meet topics.

Rural Health & Safety held a Pesticide Handler/Workers Protection Standards Seminar, Tax Update Seminar, and a Drug & Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion Seminar.

Attended Planning Commission hearing on cannabis permitting in San Joaquin County.

Prepared and served lunch to over 400 AgVenture volunteers.

Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group.

Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.

Had membership table to the Holt Customer Appreciation Lunch and Tree & Vine Expo.

Staff Attended Ag Commissioner’s Grower Meeting.

SJFB participated in the international trade and Mexico trip with Leadership Farm Bureau.

December

Visited with Step Up Business Members.

Worked with CFBF on Climate Smart Technical Assistance Program.

Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group.

Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.

Staff Attended Ag Commissioner Grower Meeting.

Recognized outgoing CFBF District Director, Joe Valente at the BOD Christmas Dinner.

Sold out of calendars for our Gun Calendar Raffle Fundraiser.

YF&R partnered with the San Joaquin Child Abuse Prevention Council to adopt three families for Christmas.

SJFB Foundation for Ag Education reviewed 14 agricultural education    grant applications to select the 2019 recipients.

SJFB staff member and BOD graduated from Leadership Farm Bureau.

Participated on conference call on unimpaired flows with CFBF and other county FBs.

Attended SJ Sheriff Steve Moore’s retirement reception.

Board member Brie Hunt participated in the California Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition making it to the Final 4.

Met with Zenith Insurance to discuss training opportunities.

Staff presented FFA Blue Jackets to the Linden FFA Chapter.

SJFB participated in the CFBF 100th Annual Meeting.

Met with SSJID on their Master Plan update.

January

Continued planning Spray Safe program for Feb 26.

Sent comments regarding Air Resources Board’s PM2.5 Plan.

Attended Farmers & Merchants Bank luncheon in Sacramento.

Met with District Directors for Assemblywoman Susan Eggman.

Attended the AFBF 100th Annual Meeting in New Orleans where President Trump gave the closing statements.

Visited with Step Up Business Members.

Worked with CFBF on Climate Smart Technical Assistance Program.

Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group, Ag Commissioner’s Growers Meeting and a Paradise Cut update.

Held a multi Farm Bureau County Water Committee meeting focused on developing a plan regarding SWRCB unimpaired flows.

Continued work on PG&E tree trimming issues with members of legislature and other elected officials.

Reviewed and commented on various land use applications.

Cooked and served lunch for the AgVenture Stockton volunteers.

Natalie the Cow educated third-graders at Stockton AgVenture.

Rural Health & Safety held a CPR/First Aid Certification, Sexual Harassment Prevention, Pesticide Safety Train the Trainer and a Labor Law Update.

Began our 2019 Gun Calendar Raffle.

Awarded a gift certificate for $125 as part of our On-Time Membership Renewal Program.

Received grant approval to be a CDFA Climate Smart Technical Assistant for the SWEEP, HSP, and AMMP grant programs.

Partnered with the Stockton Heat at Agricultural and Western Night where Natalie the Cow helped to educate over 200 kids about the dairy industry.

Attended the Swearing In Ceremony for Sheriff Pat Withrow.

As new District representative, Paul Sanguinetti, along with the SJFB President, attended the Calaveras County Farm Bureau board meeting.

Met with District Director for Congressman Josh Harder.

February

Assisted with a well-attended Spray Safe.

Met with Supervisor Winn on Land Use and Water issues.

Met with local contractor to start production of water videos.

Implemented Constant Contact for better communication with our members.

The SJFB officers attended the February YF&R meeting where a meaningful discussion was held regarding YF&R as the future of agriculture.

Hired a consulting firm to assist with on Climate Smart Technical Assistance Program.

Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group, Ag Commissioner’s Growers Meeting and a Paradise Cut update.

Visited with Step Up Business Members.

Continued reconfiguration of the SJFB.org website.

Brie Hunt won Star YF&R of the year.

Assisted members in filling out SWEEP and HSP applications.

Held an informational meeting on the SWEEP and HSP grants.

Rural Health & Safety held a Produce Safety Training.

Met with District Director for Congressman Josh Harder.

Attended Lodi District Grape Growers Annual Meeting.

Calla Nile and Tracy Farm Centers held their Annual Meetings.

Lafayette Farm Center sponsored the Tokay FFA Crab Feed.

Met with Nationwide Insurance on sponsorship opportunities.

Sent a letter of support for construction of a manure digester on a dairy.

Achieved 105.68% for Membership Goal for the month of January.

Researched and approved development of a SJFB App for members.

12 YF&R’s attended the California YF&R State Conference in Sonoma.

March

Staff and officers met with Congressman Josh Harder and CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.

SJ Foundation for Ag Education held the very successful 28th Annual “A Taste of San Joaquin” Wine Tasting where over $65,000 was raised to support our agricultural education efforts.

Staff met with representatives of an environmental services company to provide assistance to Farm Bureau members relative to water quality.

Assisted members in filling out SWEEP and HSP applications.

Staff continued work on WOTUS and Waters of the State issues.

Visited with Step Up Business Members.

Received almost 300 scholarship applicants.

Rural Health & Safety held a Rural Crime Seminar.

Continued refresher of the SJFB.org website.

Officers and Staff attended the CFBF Leaders Conference.

Officers and Staff met with representatives at the State Capitol.

Had a booth at the Pacific Southwest Irrigation function.

Prepared BBQ lunch for the AgVenture Lodi volunteers.

Natalie the Cow educated students at AgVenture Lodi.

Staff and officers attended Farmers and Merchants Bank luncheon.

Natalie the Cow ventured to Fresno County where she educated countless students about the dairy industry.

Ag Education Chair Karen Cultrera presented to over 20 afterschool teachers from across the county on our different programs.

Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group, Ag Commissioner’s Growers Meeting and various community events.

Handed out over 500 “One Tunnel is still NUTS” bags at Ag Day at the Capitol.

Staff and President attended American AgCredit Annual Dinner.

Received over 175 entries in the 2019 SJ County Agricultural Poster Contest.

The Young Farmers & Ranchers went on a tour of the Kubota warehouse in Lodi.

Roberts Union, Linden, Collegeville and Escalon Farm Centers held their Annual Meetings.

April

Victor, Acampo, and Lafayette Farm Centers held their Annual Meetings.

Nomination Committee approved the slate of Farm Center Director nominations.

Board Member & CFBF District Director Paul Sanguinetti participated in the CFBF Washington D.C. legislative trip.

Foundation educated 13 third-grade teachers and parents about how to make a dinner with specialty crops in an AgVenture follow up program called Healthy Dinner.

Rural Health & Safety held a Shop Safety, Hazardous Ag Materials, CPR/First Aid, and Heat Illness Prevention Training.

Staff continued work on WOTUS and Waters of the State issues.

Staff attended the Mountain House Career Fair educating students about different career’s in agriculture.

Natalie the Cow ventured to Linden Farm Day educating students from Pre-K to third -grade.

The Ag Ed committee held the two poster winner’s ice cream parties educating over 50 students about the dairy industry.

Membership committee sponsored a Member’s Shred Day where members brought in 476 boxes.

Staff and officers continue to meet with candidates for local, state, and federal elections.

Attended numerous meetings including Ag Advisory and SGMA Work Group, Ag Commissioner’s Growers Meeting and various community events.

YF&R partnered with Gold Country YF&R to explore three different operations in Calaveras and Tuolumne County.

May

SJFB held an Amgen Tour Rally and BBQ to publicize our water issues.

Staff met with San Joaquin County to discuss fees on fuel suppliers.

Staff met with PUC liaison Charles Mason to discuss issues relative to utilities.

Staff and officers continue to meet with candidates for local, state, and federal elections.

Attended numerous meetings including SGMA Work Group and various community events.

Staff attended the federal policy trip to Washington, D.C.

Director Andrew Watkins attended the “One Voice” trip to Washington, D.C.

Participated in a strategic planning meeting with other members of the Delta Caucus.

Discussed adverse changes to BDC policies.

Nomination Committee approved the slate of SJFB officer and delegates nominations.

Rural Health & Safety held two Sexual Harassment Prevention Seminars.

Attended the Duarte Nursery Friends Day.

Staff attended a Fish Friendly Farming meeting.

Natalie the Cow educated students at the Great Valley and Brock Elliott Ag Days.

Staff attended a career fair at Lodi Middle School.

Participated in an agricultural segment for a Port of Stockton video.

Attended Bank of Stockton open house for their new Investment Group office.

Met with attorney to finalize paperwork to form local Agricultural Political Action Committee (PAC).

June

Participated in Los Banos Town Hall featuring USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and congressional leaders.

Attended update by California Fish & Wildlife on Nutria.

Staff and officers continued to meet with candidates for local, state, and federal elections.

Attended numerous meetings including SGMA Work Group and various community events.

Participated in a strategic planning meeting with other members of the Delta Caucus.

Discussed adverse changes to Delta Protection Commission policies.

Membership and board elected the slate of SJFB Directors, Officers, and delegates for the CFBF Annual Meeting.

Met with an attorney to finalize paperwork to form local Agricultural Political Action Committee (PAC).

Prepared lunch for the AgFest Buyers.

Sponsored at the AgFest Farm to Fork Dinner.

Developed the 2020 Gun Calendar.

Attended the Vice President’s Meeting at CFBF.

Attended the CFBF 100th Centennial Celebration at the State Capitol.

Staff attended the CFBF Water Committee meeting.

Attended the Paradise Cut meeting.

Water Committee approved adding local water projects for Escalon, Ripon, and Manteca to the Water Management Project list.

Awarded over $50,000 of scholarships to local students.

Partnered with YF&R to purchase animals in the AgFest Livestock Auction.

Held the 31st Annual Ag in the Classroom Summer Seminar educating over 30 teachers about agriculture in San Joaquin County.

Showcased local agriculture with a display at the San Joaquin County Fair.

Participated with interactive STEAM themed building by 4H at the San Joaquin County Fair.

July

Met with Delta Protection Commission to address their policies.

Staff and officers continued to meet with candidates for local, state, and federal elections.

Attended numerous meetings including SGMA Work Group and various community events.

Met with an attorney to finalize paperwork to form local Agricultural Political Action Committee (PAC).

Received notice that four SWEEP and one HSP out of seven applications were awarded grants.

Staff and directors attended the San Joaquin County Reasonable Regulation of Industrial Hemp Cultivation within the Unincorporated Areas meeting.

Sent letter of support for possible ag hauler truck parking and maintenance structure.

Sent ag mitigation letters for rezoning of land from AG-40 to AU-20 and for a battery energy storage system facility.

Filed an appeal for the approval of the Forward Landfill expansion.

Water Committee started reviewing an additional Zone 9 Flood CALM Assessment proposal.

Worked with unwired to set up a back-up wifi system for the Farm Bureau office.

Staff attended a multi-county Pesticide Safety Meeting in Fresno.

Addressed issues with county departments on the Right to Farm Ordinance and customer service

YF&R held a successful Summer Bounty Fundraiser Event at Bokisch Vineyards.

Ag Ed committee partnered with 4-H on a week-long Ag Tech Camp educating 30 9-11 year-olds on technology in agriculture.

SJFB Foundation partnered with the WOW Museum in Lodi to begin planning an Ag day for National Farmer Day taking place on Oct. 12.

Staff participated in conference calls on Farm PAC event in August. Farm PAC event placed in SJFB News.

Attended funeral for former Alameda County Farm Bureau leader Jim Lopes.

Staff attended PG&E transmission line proposal “open house” in Lockeford.

August

Staff and officers met with several SJ County Supervisors to discuss hemp and other issues.

Attended appeal hearing for the approval of the Forward Landfill expansion.

Attended hearing for the approval of hemp production.

Water Committee hosted presentation of the Flood CALM Assessment proposal.

Executive Director attended meeting featuring Congressman Josh Harder and former USDA Secretary Ann Veneman.

Executive Director met with Nationwide and local ag representative on potential new products for Farm Bureau members.

Attended the Holt School Homeless Center meeting at Roberts Union Farm Center.

Met with an attorney to finalize paperwork to form local Agricultural Political Action Committee (PAC).

Calla Nile Farm Center held its quarterly meeting that focused on the Forward Landfill.

Attended and sponsored the CFBF Farm PAC fundraiser event.

Staff and officers continued to meet with candidates for local, state and federal elections.

Attended numerous meetings including SGMA Work Group and various community events.

Staff attended the LFB trip to Tuolumne County to focus on forestry and water issues.

Submitted applications for HSP grant, PG&E grant, CFBF County Award, and AFBF Award.

Submitted nominations for the San Joaquin County Ag Hall of Fame Award.

Staff worked on development of the 2020 Savings Guide.

Staff presented to both the county 4-H leaders and FFA teachers on the programs we offer including the FFA Blue Jacket program and the SJFB Foundation Grant.

Kautz Farm’s and the Foundation board held a trap shoot that the Linden F&M Branch purchased during the 28th annual Taste of San Joaquin Wine Tasting.

YF&R and Foundation had a sponsor table at the Sacramento FB Foundation’s fundraiser.

SJFB had a sponsor table at Calaveras FB Annual Meeting and the Sacramento FB Foundation’s fundraiser.

President and staff attended the county-wide meeting on homeless issues.

The Rural Health & Safety Committee met to begin planning the Fall and Winter trainings to include CPR, Food Safety, Sexual Harassment Prevention, Shop Safety and more.

September

Met with CDFA Secretary Karen Ross to discuss Food Safety.

Met with County Planning Department regarding concerns relative to wetlands and grading permits.

Met with new Delta College President Dr. Porzunjani to discuss future of Delta College Ag Program.

Signed onto multi FB letter against the SB 1 Environmental, Public Health and Workers Defense Act.

Signed onto multi FB letter against the AB 1783 housing bill.

Staff and officers continued to meet with candidates for local, state and federal elections.

Attended numerous meetings including SGMA Work Group and various community events.

Continued to work on Forward Landfill expansion.

Staff worked on development of the 2020 Savings Guide.

Natalie the Cow participated in the Lodi Grape Festival helping to educate children about the dairy industry.

The Farmers United PAC started collecting donations.

Attended reception honoring outgoing president of Delta College, Kathy Hart.

Sponsored and attended the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance in Murphy’s.

YF&R hosted a meeting at High Water Brewery in Lodi.

Participated in the Stomp-Out Cancer event in Micke Grove Park with an ag educational table.

Sent out the 2019 SJFB Foundation for Agricultural Grant to the local 4-H Chapters, FFA Clubs and SJ County Teachers

Executive Director attended CFBF Managers trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss labor, trade and wetlands issues.