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California Farm Bureau seeks alternative immigration solution

Feb. 20, 2018

As the U.S. House of Representatives continues discussion on proposed immigration legislation, the California Farm Bureau Federation says it cannot support a part of the bill that addresses agricultural employees.

Now before Congress, H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act, would fund a border wall and address internal immigration enforcement and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It also includes an Agricultural Guestworker Act, or AG Act, which would create a new agricultural visa program.

CFBF President Jamie Johansson said the AG Act, in its current form, contains a number of features that would harm the current immigrant employees on whom California farms and ranches depend. In addition, it would mandate use of the E-Verify electronic workplace-eligibility system, which could affect a large proportion of current agricultural employees.

“As now written, the AG Act just wouldn’t work for California farms and ranches,” Johansson said. “There’s a longstanding need to create a workable temporary-visa program for agriculture that provides greater stability and opportunities for agricultural employees and their families. The AG Act would cause too much disruption for our employees and our communities.”

Johansson said CFBF and other organizations have offered a number of recommendations for creating a more practical and flexible program to allow people from other countries to enter the U.S. to work on farms and ranches.

“We know the American Farm Bureau and other national agricultural organizations have decided to support the AG Act, and they have every right to do so,” Johansson said. “But as the largest agricultural organization in the largest agricultural state, we must advocate for a solution that works for our members and their employees. For California farmers and ranchers, the combination of the AG Act and E-Verify would actually worsen chronic agricultural employee shortages. We will press for a better solution.”

Cattle-drive image earns top prize in Farm Bureau photo contest

Jan. 3, 2018

Capturing the drama of an early-morning cattle roundup near Yosemite, an amateur photographer from San Joaquin County took home the top prize in the 36th annual California Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest. Emela Brown McLaren of Manteca earned the $1,000 Grand Prize, and said it’s “a real honor” to live in proximity to so many farms and ranches.

The 2017 CFBF Photo Contest attracted hundreds of images from amateur photographers who are members of county Farm Bureaus or supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation.

Andrew Lincoln of Napa garnered First Place and $500 for his photo of employees at a hillside vineyard, while Second Place and $250 went to Solvang resident Henry Schulte, who submitted a photo of a Madera County barn painted with the American flag. Kellie Neufeld of Exeter won Third Place and $100 for capturing a humorous moment between her 9-year-old son and his muddy 4-H hog.

Six photos earned Honorable Mentions and $50 each, submitted by Amy Blagg of Lodi, Holly Schaad of Dunnigan, Andrea Traphagan of Ravendale and Thomas Gannon of Atwater, plus an additional image each from Lincoln and Neufeld.

In the Budding Artists category for photographers aged 13 and younger, Nathan Blagg of Lodi, the 8-year-old son of Honorable Mention winner Amy Blagg, claimed First Place and $250 for his portrait of a pig peeking over a fence. A view of a calf peering from underneath its mother earned the Second Place prize of $100 for 11-year-old Holyn Sylvester of San Luis Obispo. Both prizes were presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

All 12 prize-winning photos were published this week in the weekly California Farm Bureau newspaper, Ag Alert®, as well as the organization’s bimonthly magazine, California Bountiful®, and will appear on the organization’s websites—, and—and social media pages.

California Farm Bureau elects new president, vice presidents

Dec. 6, 2017

An olive and citrus fruit grower from Oroville, Jamie Johansson, has been elected the new president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. The election of Johansson and of vice presidents Shannon Douglass of Orland and Shaun Crook of Sonora highlighted the final day of the 99th CFBF Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

Johansson becomes the 16th CFBF president after succeeding Paul Wenger of Modesto, who had served the maximum eight years in office. Johansson has served as a statewide CFBF officer for eight years. He was elected second vice president in 2009 and first vice president in 2015. He is a former state chairman of the CFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee and former vice president of the Butte County Farm Bureau. A first-generation farmer, he also operates an olive oil company, Lodestar Farms. He co-founded the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Association and is a former member of the Oroville City Council.

“Californians want diverse and affordable food, and Farm Bureau needs to show how that diversity also comes with great complexity, in terms of the tools and resources needed to grow food in this state,” Johansson said. “Ultimately, what Farm Bureau does is to protect the creativity California farmers and ranchers need to provide the diversity our customers demand.”

Douglass was elected to succeed Johansson as CFBF first vice president. She is a director of the Glenn County Farm Bureau and a former chair of the Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee. Douglass is an owner of Douglass Ranch, which raises beef cattle, sunflowers, corn and forage crops, and founded CalAgJobs, an online listing of employment opportunities in California agriculture. She serves on the Glenn County Fair Board of Directors and is a former director of the Glenn County Resource Conservation District.

Crook was elected as second vice president. He has served as president of the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau since 2015 and is a graduate of the Leadership Farm Bureau program. He chaired both the CFBF Economy and Farm Policy Issue Advisory Committee and the Commodity Policy Review Committee. A licensed timber operator, Crook is a vice president of a family timber business and a real estate agent specializing in ranch, commercial and residential properties.

In addition to the election of statewide officers, seven members were newly elected to the CFBF Board of Directors: Al Stehly of Valley Center will represent Imperial and San Diego counties; John Moore of Bakersfield will represent Kern and Kings counties; Donny Rollin of Riverdale will represent Fresno County; Ron Peterson of Turlock will represent Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties; David Barhydt of Grass Valley will represent Butte, Nevada and Yuba-Sutter counties; Tom Stewart of Tulelake will represent Lassen, Modoc and Plumas-Sierra counties; and Jenny Holtermann of Wasco will chair the Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee. Ronnie Leimgruber of Holtville was appointed an advisory member of the board as the new chair of the CFBF Rural Health Department.

County Farm Bureaus earn awards for service, innovation

Dec. 5, 2017

Outstanding programs of work in service to members earned awards for three county Farm Bureaus in California, while a fourth was honored for creating an innovative activity. The awards were presented during the 99th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

Three county Farm Bureaus won awards for programs of excellence across five categories: membership, policy implementation, leadership activities, agricultural promotion and education, and public relations.

Among county Farm Bureaus with up to 499 members, the Monterey County Farm Bureau earned County of the Year honors for a second consecutive year. In 2017, the county Farm Bureau hosted two listening sessions on federal farm policy, assisted in developing a maintenance program for the Salinas River channel, led formation of a Salinas Basin Agricultural Water Association on groundwater issues, provided guest lecturers at local colleges, collaborated with startup companies providing innovative agricultural products or services, and organized a successful centennial celebration.

The Tehama County Farm Bureau earned the County of the Year award for county Farm Bureaus with 500 to 799 members. The county Farm Bureau organized educational workshops and training sessions for its members, arranged a bus tour of local agriculture for elected officials, cooperated in creation of a new groundwater committee, helped organize a Farm Day program for all Tehama County fourth graders, provided grants to teachers who incorporate agricultural topics in classroom instruction, and also celebrated its centennial.

Among county Farm Bureaus with more than 800 members, the San Diego County Farm Bureau was recognized as County of the Year. It managed a local water-quality coalition, provided members with its San Diego Grown 365 brand to use on local agricultural products, organized an annual Farm & Nursery Expo, provided grants to benefit school gardens, conducted farm tours for the public, operated two weekly farmers markets and maintained its reputation as a source of timely information for local media outlets.

In addition, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation earned the Innovator Award, which recognizes a creative, forward-thinking project or program. The county Farm Bureau created a Gun Calendar as a raffle fundraiser, selling 520 calendars and giving away a gun each week. The activity provided the county Farm Bureau with a successful fundraising idea plus an opportunity to contact prospective members.

Also during the awards ceremony, 11 county Farm Bureaus earned recognition for outstanding membership recruitment and retention.

CFBF president stresses need for long-term, unified action

Dec. 4, 2017

Securing the future of California agriculture will require consistent, long-term and unified efforts, California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said today. Wenger spoke during his annual address at the 99th CFBF Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

Instant communication as represented by smartphone technology, Wenger said, can lure people into thinking that public policies affecting farms and ranches could be resolved quickly through social media, for example.

But the most effective way to sway public policy, he said, “is long-term, consistent, working with individuals, taking them on tours on farms, supporting them politically, getting them out and educating them about agriculture. It’s not fast, it’s not easy, but those who work the hardest the longest and invest the most are probably going to be successful.”

To influence the debate in a largely urbanized state such as California, Wenger said, means working with government officials, political candidates and elected leaders who may have little if any background in agriculture.

“We have to get out of our comfort zone and start dealing with some people we normally don’t deal with,” he said, adding that he is proud of Farm Bureau’s work in that regard.

After eight years as president, Wenger has served his maximum term in office, and urged Farm Bureau and other agricultural organizations to work together for the greater good of farmers and ranchers.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you here. I do love this organization and everybody that’s out here,” Wenger said. “We have got to continue to work together.”

Hayakawa receives Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award

Dec. 4, 2017

Honoring decades of service to the horticulture business, community and Farm Bureau, the California Farm Bureau Federation has presented its Distinguished Service Award to Orange County nursery operator Gary Hayakawa. Hayakawa received the award today at the 99th CFBF Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

A longtime vice president of the Orange County Farm Bureau and an active volunteer in other agricultural and community organizations, Hayakawa founded Three Star Nursery in Fountain Valley in the early 1970s and remained as its president until its closure in 2007. He now owns a nursery consulting business.

“Gary Hayakawa learned the nursery business from the ground up, literally, having started at age 10 picking weeds in the nursery his father owned,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “After launching his own nursery in his late 20s, he knows the challenges people must overcome to operate a successful agricultural enterprise—and how active involvement in organizations such as Farm Bureau contributes to the success of local agriculture.”

In addition to his Farm Bureau service, Hayakawa has served as president of the Nursery Growers Association, Centennial Farm Foundation, Orange County Friends of UC Cooperative Extension, and the Orange County chapter of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers. His community service includes four terms on the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center Board of Directors, president of Japanese-American Republicans and membership in the Great Park Conservancy, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.

The Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually since 1953 to dedicated Farm Bureau volunteers from California. In addition to the award to Hayakawa, CFBF presented the Distinguished Service Award to walnut growers and Alameda County Farm Bureau members Jim and Joan Lopes.

Farm Bureau honors Jim and Joan Lopes for distinguished service

Dec. 4, 2017

A couple who have devoted years of dedicated service to agriculture and Farm Bureau, Jim and Joan Lopes of Vernalis, received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Farm Bureau Federation today during the 99th CFBF Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

Each has served on the Alameda County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for decades—Jim Lopes since 1956 and Joan since 1995; Joan Lopes also serves as county Farm Bureau treasurer. The couple grow walnuts in the Vernalis area and have been particularly active on water issues. Jim Lopes has served on the boards of directors of both the Blewett Mutual Water Co. and the El Solyo Water District.

“Anyone who has attended a CFBF Water Advisory Committee meeting in recent years would recognize Jim and Joan for their active participation in those meetings and for Jim’s insightful comments about agricultural water use,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “Farm Bureau and other agricultural organizations in Alameda, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties have benefited from their generous donations of their time and wisdom.”

In addition to Farm Bureau, Jim Lopes has served on the Alameda County Agricultural Advisory Committee, the Diamond Walnut Growers District Advisory Committee, as a board member and president of the Westside Hulling Association and with several community organizations. Joan Lopes has been an active volunteer in organizations including with the Boy Scouts of America, and each has volunteered with Clear Creek Services, a Fremont-based nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities.

The Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually since 1953 to dedicated Farm Bureau volunteers from California. In addition to the award to Jim and Joan Lopes, CFBF presented the Distinguished Service Award to Orange County nursery operator Gary Hayakawa.

Nine graduate from Leadership Farm Bureau program

Dec. 4, 2017

Having each completed more than 250 hours of leadership and development training, traveled more than 5,000 miles and met with nearly 130 elected officials, the Leadership Farm Bureau class of 2017 graduated today during the 99th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

The class members learned about the Farm Bureau organization, California agriculture and effective advocacy through six intensive sessions that included classroom training plus meetings with elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.; visits with ranchers, timber operators and water experts in Tuolumne County; and a trip to Imperial and San Diego counties focused on agricultural employment concerns and Southern California water issues.

The graduates of the Leadership Farm Bureau Class of 2017 included:

  • Christina Beckstead of Atwater, executive director of the Madera County Farm Bureau;
  • Jennifer Beretta of Santa Rosa, a dairy farmer at Beretta Dairies and second vice president of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau;
  • Mark Chesini of Meridian, director of operations for the Rice Growers Association of California and second vice president of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau;
  • Jill Damskey of Elk Grove, an account manager for Ag Association Management Services;
  • Kelton Fleming of Lodi, owner of Duck Creek Nursery;
  • Laura Gutile of Madera, pistachio grower and secretary of the Madera County Farm Bureau;
  • Lindy Keilson of Potter Valley, marketing and membership coordinator for the Mendocino County Farm Bureau;
  • Ryan Rice of Fortuna, construction manager for Humboldt Redwood Co. and president of the Humboldt County Farm Bureau.
  • Katie Veenstra of Escalon, director of marketing at Gloriann Farms.

The class represented the 18th group to graduate from the Leadership Farm Bureau program since it was inaugurated in 2000.

Applications for the 2018 Leadership Farm Bureau class will be accepted through Dec. 15. For information, see

San Joaquin County woman, Fresno State student win discussion meets

Dec. 4, 2017

A young Farm Bureau member from San Joaquin County and a student from Fresno State University won Discussion Meet contests held during the 99th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

Katie Veenstra of Escalon won the Open Discussion Meet, for young farmers and ranchers aged 18 to 35. Abigail Carlson of Fresno State, an agricultural communications major from Wilton, won the separate Collegiate Discussion Meet. Each contest evaluates participants’ ability to exchange ideas and opinions.

During the final round of the open contest, Veenstra addressed public skepticism about the value of trade agreements, noting that 95 percent of the world’s customers live outside the United States.

“As an industry that relies heavily upon foreign markets, we need to take the opportunity to negotiate new trade and tap into that new consumer base,” she said.

Daniel Bays of Stanislaus County was first runner-up in the open contest. The other finalists were Johnnie White of Napa County and Brie Witt of San Joaquin County.

Veenstra, director of marketing at sweet corn grower-processor GloriAnn Farms, will represent California at the American Farm Bureau Federation Open Discussion Meet, to be held next month at the AFBF Annual Convention in Nashville. She earned $5,000 courtesy of sponsors Farm Credit, Rabobank and Southern California Edison. First runner-up Bays received $1,000; the other two finalists each earned $500.

In the collegiate contest, Fresno State student Emma Briggs of Petaluma was first runner-up. The other finalists were Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students Sarah Dreyer of Exeter and Haley Warner of Angels Camp.

As winner of the Collegiate Discussion Meet, Carlson earned $1,250 courtesy of Farm Credit, Rabobank and Southern California Edison. First runner-up Briggs received $750 and the other finalists each received $500. Fresno State won the collegiate team competition and was awarded $250.

San Joaquin County agriculturalists earn young farmer awards

Dec. 4, 2017

A walnut and cherry farmer and a married couple of agricultural professionals, all from San Joaquin County, have earned awards recognizing achievement and excellence among young farmers and ranchers. The awards were presented today during the 99th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Garden Grove.

Joe Ferrari of Linden received the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award, which recognizes accomplishments in production agriculture and leadership activity.

Tyler and Amy Blagg of Lodi received the Excellence in Agriculture Award for an individual or couple who does not earn a majority of income from an owned production agriculture operation but contributes through involvement in agriculture, leadership activities and Farm Bureau.

A fourth-generation farmer, Ferrari partners with his father and brother in a farming operation that includes a walnut huller and dryer. Educated as a certified public accountant, Ferrari oversees the farm’s pest control and crop nutrition programs and its compliance with government regulations. He has taken particular interest in food-safety policy and the impact of regulations under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act. Ferrari is a member of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

Tyler Blagg works as an agricultural real estate agent and is a former chairman of the California Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee. Amy Blagg serves as executive director of the Lodi District Grape Growers Association. Together, the couple operate a small farm where they grow winegrapes, winter forage and raise dairy heifers. Each serves on the San Joaquin Farm Bureau board.

Asked to name three issues agriculture needs to address in coming years, the Blaggs cited employment costs, the need for farmers and ranchers to remain engaged in agricultural organizations, and the problem of rural crime, noting that agriculturalists, neighbors and law enforcement officials must form better relationships while laws are strengthened to reduce crime and penalize perpetrators.

As winners of their respective awards, Ferrari and the Blaggs each earned a $4,000 cash prize sponsored by Farm Credit, Rabobank and Southern California Edison. Ferrari also earned 250 hours’ use of a Kubota tractor, furnished by Kubota Tractor Corp. The winners will represent California in national competitions to be held next month at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Nashville.

California Farm Bureau, John Deere announce new discount partnership

Nov. 2, 2017

Farm Bureau members in California will qualify for special access to the John Deere GreenFleetTM Loyalty Rewards program, under a new partnership between the California Farm Bureau Federation and John Deere.

The program provides Farm Bureau members with a free, two-year Platinum 2 membership. Along with equipment discounts, GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards Platinum members are eligible for special parts savings, Home & Workshop Products discounts and other members-only promotions.

Typically, a customer must initially purchase five pieces of qualifying equipment within 12 months to reach Platinum 2 status. Farm Bureau members will automatically qualify by signing up through for these benefits:

  • Equipment Discounts: Savings on everything from mowers to tractors to Gator™ Utility Vehicles purchased at an authorized John Deere dealer.
  • Special Parts Savings: Money-saving parts coupons and offers to help keep Deere equipment at its best.
  • Home & Workshop Product Discounts: A 10 percent discount off MSRP on eligible John Deere tools and workshop equipment—air compressors, generators, pressure washers and more.
  • Exclusive Member Promotions: New, exclusive offers and promotions, along with insider tips and ideas for enhancing members’ equipment experience.

To participate, Farm Bureau members can visit the CFBF website at or Once registered, the member will receive a GreenFleet member number and can instantly access program benefits. Members can purchase online at or by visiting a local John Deere dealer. To find out more about GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards, visit

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Joint release: Wolf pack makes first confirmed livestock kill

Oct. 27, 2017

California has experienced its first confirmed livestock depredation by wolves since the gray wolf returned to the state in 2011.

A livestock loss determination report issued Oct. 20 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that one week earlier, Oct. 13, the Lassen Pack of wolves killed a cow on private property in western Lassen County. Data from a GPS tracking device worn by the breeding female of the Lassen Pack—known as LAS01F—confirms the wolf was present at the site for at least six hours on the night the 600-pound yearling heifer was killed.

According to the CDFW report, “wolf tracks were observed within the area,” including “kick marks and disturbed ground consistent with a struggle.” It was evident that wolves had killed the heifer, the report said, because of the location and nature of the bite marks, many of which were more than an inch deep.

“Frustratingly, current California law provides ranchers and CDFW very few tools for deterring and managing wolves,” California Cattlemen’s Association President Dave Daley said. “Under current law, we have extremely limited options for protecting our livestock.”

Livestock groups also criticized CDFW for declining to announce the wolf kill.

“It’s important for Californians to understand the full implications of the wolf’s return,” California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said. “CDFW has been more than willing to notify the public when it identifies a new pack or when wolves have pups. People need to recognize wolves not as cute woodland creatures but as predators that kill.”

CFBF and CCA have sued the California Fish and Game Commission to overturn its decision to list the gray wolf as an endangered species in California, which would allow more flexibility in wolf management.

Although the Oct. 13 incident marked the first confirmed livestock kill by a wolf, suspected kills occurred on four other occasions between Sept. 19 and Sept. 30, each reported by the same Lassen County rancher whose cow suffered the confirmed kill this month. CDFW did not confirm any of those incidents, but GPS data and eyewitness reports place the Lassen Pack near the cattle at the time.

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 48,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members. The California Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 1,700 cattle ranchers in California and has been serving cattle ranchers and beef producers since 1917.

Survey shows chronic employee shortages on California farms

Oct. 17, 2017

Across California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified and willing people to work in agriculture, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation.

The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages during the past year. The figure was higher among farmers who need to hire employees on a seasonal basis—69 percent of those farmers reported experiencing shortages. The results are similar to a survey CFBF conducted in 2012.

“Despite all the efforts California farmers and ranchers have made to find and hire people to work on their operations, they still can’t find enough willing and qualified employees,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “Farmers have offered higher wages, benefits and more year-round jobs. They have tried to mechanize operations where possible, and have even changed crops or left ground idle. But employee shortages persist.”

When asked what actions they have taken in response to employee shortages, farmers participating in the survey most frequently cited increased wages, benefits and additional incentives. Farmers also reported they had used, attempted or investigated mechanization; reduced cultivation activities such as pruning trees and vines; and either planted fewer acres or left some crops unharvested.

Wenger said he expects farmers to continue offering higher wages and moving toward mechanization, but that the survey results underline the need for action by Congress to improve the existing agricultural immigration program.

“Only 3 percent of the farmers in our survey said they had used the existing H-2A agricultural immigration program,” Wenger said. “Even though more farmers have tried it, H-2A remains too cumbersome for most. Farmers in California and elsewhere in the country need an improved system to allow people to enter the U.S. legally to work on farms and ranches.”

Farmers have been forthright about their reliance on a largely immigrant workforce, he said, noting that efforts to hire U.S.-born employees on farms have remained unsuccessful. Wenger said Farm Bureau and other organizations would continue to work with Congress to create “a secure, flexible, market-based agricultural immigration program.”

Ford, Lincoln provide vehicle discounts to Farm Bureau members

Sept. 21, 2017

Beginning immediately, Farm Bureau members in California can qualify for discounts when buying Ford trucks, cars and SUVs, and Lincoln luxury vehicles.

The California Farm Bureau Federation and the Ford Motor Company have partnered to offer California members a new benefit, which offers $500 Bonus Cash toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2017/2018 Ford vehicle, and $750 toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2017/2018 Lincoln vehicle.

“We’re excited to offer this new benefit to Farm Bureau members,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “The Ford F-150 has been the nation’s best-selling truck for 40 years and a key part of many farm and ranch operations. With the Farm Bureau discount, a full range of Ford and Lincoln vehicles will become even more of a good deal.”

To qualify for the Ford member benefit, you must be an eligible member of a county Farm Bureau in California for at least 30 consecutive days and must show proof of membership. Farm Bureau members may download and print a Ford or Lincoln program certificate from or To print the certificate, members must enter their Farm Bureau membership number and primary ZIP code. The certificate should be provided to a local Ford or Lincoln dealer before beginning the vehicle purchase process.

“Ford Motor Company remains dedicated to expanding our Farm Bureau association and we are extremely pleased to include the California Farm Bureau,” said Kevin Cour, director of U.S. retail operations for Ford. “Ford continues to support the ever-important sector of agriculture and farming, to help this vital group of hard-working Americans get equipment that works as hard as they do to feed the nation and the world.”

For additional information on the Ford and Lincoln membership benefit, visit the CFBF website at and select the Vehicle Discounts and Rentals link.

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Farm Bureau publications earn national awards

June 20, 2017

Ag Alert®, the weekly newspaper published by the California Farm Bureau Federation, has been honored as Best Newspaper in an annual competition sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation. CFBF also earned an award for best feature writing and an honorable mention for best magazine during a ceremony at the AFBF Communications Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The award for Ag Alert marked the second straight year the publication has been honored as the best newspaper published by a large-state Farm Bureau. Ag Alert is distributed to agricultural members of county Farm Bureaus in California. The contest judge remarked on the publication’s “inviting” layout, design and use of photographs, a “strong mix of articles and commentaries” and generally well-written content.

“Overall, it’s easy to understand why this is the No. 1 ag-related publication in the state,” the judge wrote.

The assistant editor of the CFBF member magazine California Bountiful®, Shannon Springmeyer, earned the Best Feature Story award among large-state Farm Bureaus for a story about use of beneficial insects to counteract agricultural pests. Titled “Good Bug, Bad Bug,” the story appeared in the March/April edition of California Bountiful, which is distributed bimonthly to associate members of Farm Bureau and members of the California Bountiful Foundation.

The judge commended Springmeyer’s story for its “very interesting topic” and “great examples of beneficial bug use throughout the years.”

California Bountiful earned honorable mention for Best Magazine among large-state Farm Bureaus. The judge praised its stories as “varied and consistently interesting,” describing the magazine as “a great informational resource.”

Full content of both Farm Bureau publications is available on their respective websites, and

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 40,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 5.5 million Farm Bureau members.

Phone: 916-561-5550

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