San Joaquin Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion: Work­ing On Be­half Of Farm­ers

The Oakdale Leader - - FARM & RENCH -

The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion is a 501 (c) 5 non-profit cor­po­ra­tion that was es­tab­lished in 1914. We were the sec­ond County Farm Bureau in the state to be formed. The Cal­i­for­nia Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion was formed in 1919 at a meet­ing of County Farm Bureau’s in our state.

County Farm Bureau’s were es­tab­lished as a link be­tween the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Ex­ten­sion and farm­ers. For a county to be al­lo­cated a “Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion” farm ad­vi­sor, that county had to sign up a ma­jor­ity of its farm­ers into a “Farm Bureau.” The in­tent of this was to have an or­ga­ni­za­tion for the farm ad­vi­sors to give re­ports on the lat­est re­search from the Univer­si­ties. This also en­abled the U.C. Ex­ten­sion sys­tem to con­duct field trial in dif­fer­ent parts of our state. At each San Joaquin Farm Bureau meet­ing, a re­port was given by the Farm Ad­vi­sor, a prac­tice that still con­tin­ues to­day. In ad­di­tion to learn­ing more from the Univer­si­ties, the Farm Bureau mem­bers re­al­ized that they had many com­mon prob­lems and is­sues. By work­ing to­gether they were able to work on Water, Land Use and other reg­u­la­tory is­sues to ben­e­fit agri­cul­ture in this re­gion. They also iden­ti­fied nec­es­sary ser­vices like in­sur­ance for their farm­ing op­er­a­tions and fos­ter pro­grams to cover th­ese ser­vices

at a dis­counted rate for Farm Bureau mem­bers.

While a lot has changed since 1914, the core prin­ci­pal, that agri­cul­ture works best when we work to­gether on is­sues is still the driv­ing force within our or­ga­ni­za­tion. We pride our­selves on the fact that one well thought out plan to ad­dress an is­sue at the lo­cal level can turn into a pol­icy that the or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­ports and can turn an is­sue into a fed­eral law like it did with Coun­try of Ori­gin La­bel­ing of meat and pro­duce.

In­for­ma­tion pro­vided courtesy of San Joaquin Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, call 209-931-4931.

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