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Limited Time Only -AgSafe ACTIVATE19 Discounted Registration Rates Available

Discounted Registration Rates Now Available 
Limited Time Only!

February 14 – 18, 2019 by 2:00 pm Pacific Time

AgSafe Member Rates Include:
2-Day Registration: 20% Off
Individual – $670
Groups of 5 or more – $600

Additional discounted rates apply to all price points

Three Easy Ways to Register

#1 Call the AgSafe Office @ 209-526-4400
We’ll handle all the details over the phone.

#2 Download the Registration Form & Email or Fax

#3 Register Online

 Click here for the ACTIVATE19 Conference brochure

 

Final Day to Sign Up for USDA Market Facilitation Program 

This is the final day for producers to sign-up for the Market Facilitation Program and we want to be sure all our California famers have the opportunity to apply.

The information below are the final instructions for producers.

  • February 14th is the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program
  • Producers can apply without proof of yield, but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019.
  • USDA previously announced the second and final round of trade mitigation payments.
  • Producers need only sign-up once to be eligible for the first and second payments.
  • Producers of corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, almonds, sorghum, soybeans, fresh sweet cherries, and wheat should their local FSA Office or apply online or by email at www.farmers.gov/mfp
  • For more information, or to make an appointment to apply, please call your local FSA Office.

How to Apply

MFP applications are available online at www.farmers.gov/MFP. Applications can be completed at a local FSA office or submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing or faxing. To locate or contact your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Brooke Raffaele at the USDA California Farm Service Agency at 530-219-7747.

Sexual Harassment Prevention– 1 hour Nonsupervisory Webinars

Effective January 1, 2019 California law requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide not only two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training with Supervisors, but also a 1-hour training to all non-supervisory employees.  The Western Agricultural Processors Association and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association in partnership with AgSafe, will be offering 1-hour Nonsupervisory Webinars.

March 8th

http://www.agsafe.org/event/1-hour-sexual-harassment-prevention-webinar-non-supervisory-employee-training-7/

 March 22nd

http://www.agsafe.org/event/1-hour-sexual-harassment-prevention-webinar-non-supervisory-employee-training-8/

 

Gilkey Receives National Ginner of the Year Award

California’s own Kirk Gilkey, Manager of the Cross Creek II Gin, was this year recipient of the National Cotton Ginners Association’s (NCGA) Horace Hayden Ginner of the Year Award!  This is well deserved and a long time coming for one of the industry’s tireless contributors.  He was born and raised in Corcoran, California and has deep roots in the cotton industry.  He attended High School there in Corcoran where he was a star football player.  In fact, he was so good that he received a scholarship to play football at Arizona State University.  He left Arizona State and attended California Polytechnic State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business Management.  Interesting to note that in 1980, he was selected to tour the British Islands with a California Rugby squad which competed against British Rugby teams.  He is one of the most active Ginners in California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association.  He has served for many years as a board member of the Association.  He served as Chairman of the Association in 1996 and was named that association’s recipient of California Ginner of the Year in 2000.  Furthermore, he has been a longtime Ginner delegate to the National Cotton Council, current Board Member of the NCC Board of Directors and Past President and Chairman of the National Cotton Ginners Association in 2010 and 2011.  In addition, he has served either as chairman or as a member of most of National Ginners’ Committees and Subcommittees.  He also served many years on the NCC’s Joint Industry Bale Packaging Committee and as Chairman of the Council’s Packaging and Flow Program Committee.  Currently, he is Manager of the Cross-Creek II Gin, General Manager of Gilkey Farming Enterprises and General Manager of, and a partner in, Gilkey Five.  In addition, Kirk is a trustee for the Corcoran Methodist Church and the Corcoran Community Foundation.  Kirk also served as Past President for the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors of Corcoran’s YMCA for over 10 years.    The Horace Hayden Ginner of the Year award is presented annually to a ginner in recognition of able, efficient and faithful cotton ginning service and in the continuing of those principles exemplified and practiced by Horace Hayden, former Executive Secretary of NCGA.  Previous winners from California include Louie Colombini, Buttonwillow Ginning & Westside Farmers Coop; Stan Creelman, Mid Valley Cotton Growers; Michael Hopper, Farmers Coop Gin; Loyd Colbert, Modern Ginning; Bob Faris, Elbow Enterprises; Ken Rowan, Broadview Coop; Tom Miller; and Macon Steele, Producers Cotton Oil.  Congratulations to Kirk Gilkey!  The Association would like to recognize all of his contributions to the California cotton industry and say: Job well done!

Stanley Creelman Wraps Up Year as NCGA President

At this past National Cotton Council Annual Meeting, Stan Creelman, Manager of the Mid Valley Cotton Growers gins, wrapped up his tenure as President of the National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA).  Stan, who is a current board member of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, and past Chairman (2001-2002), continued a long tradition of leaders from the California cotton industry.  Past NCGA Presidents included Kirk Gilkey, Cross Creek Gin; Michael Hooper, Farmers Coop Gin; Bob Cozzi, Anderson Clayton Corp; Ken Rowan, Broadview Coop; Macon Steele, Producers Cotton Oil; and Harry Thompson.  The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association would like to recognize Stan for his service to the industry and his willingness to go above and beyond to serve the cotton industry.  Thank you for all that you do Stan!

Visalia Classing Office Celebrating 50 Million Bales Classed

You are invited to help the Visalia Classing Office Celebrate a huge milestone of 50 million bales classed. The open house also includes a tour of the cotton classing operations. The event will be held at the USDA AMS Visalia Cotton Classing Office on Wednesday February 20th from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information see the attached flyer below.

 Sexual Harassment Prevention – 1 hour Nonsupervisory Webinars

Effective January 1, 2019 California law requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide not only two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training with Supervisors, but also a 1-hour training to all non-supervisory employees.  The Western Agricultural Processors Association and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association in partnership with AgSafe, will be offering 1-hour Nonsupervisory Webinars.  Visit our website Events and Training Classes page www.agprocessors.org for links to register online.

REMINDER: Recordkeeping Posting Requirements – Cal/OSHA 300 Summary

Posting of the Cal/OSHA 300A Summary, which lists the total number of job-related illnesses and injuries that occurred during 2018, must be posted from February 1st – April 30th, 2019.   The Form 300A Summary must be signed by a company executive and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.  Please visit our website for Recordkeeping Forms or contact our office.

 

USDA California Farm Service Agency Announces Program Deadline Extensions

USDA California Farm Service Agency Announces Program Deadline Extensions

USDA’s California Farm Service Agency extended deadlines on many of its programs because of the government shutdown and the emergency nature of many of the programs. 

Below are updated deadlines:

*** For details on all program deadlines and extensions, view FSA National Notice CM-807

Farm Programs

  • Market Facilitation Program
      • Deadline to apply extended to Feb. 14, 2019
  • Marketing Assistance Loans
      • If loan matured in December 2018, settlement date extended to Feb. 14, 2019
      • Peanut loans or Loan Deficiency Payments – loan availability date now Feb. 28, 2019
    • Emergency Conservation Program
      • Performance reporting due Feb. 14, 2019
  • Livestock Forage Disaster
      • 2018 application for payment due Feb. 28, 2019
  • Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program
      • Notice of loss due Feb. 14, 2019
  • Livestock Indemnity Program
      • Notice of loss due Feb. 14, 2019
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
      • Submitting 2019 application for coverage due Feb. 14, 2019
      • Notice of loss for 72-hour harvest and grazing (as applicable) due Feb. 14, 2019
      • Notice of loss for prevented planting and failed acres due Feb. 14, 2019
      • Applications for payment for 2018 covered losses due Feb. 14, 2019
  • Tree Assistance Program
      • Notice of loss due Feb. 14, 2019
      • 2011-2018 Losses due to Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome (PBTS)
      • Notice of Loss due by Feb 14, 2019  

Acreage Reporting

    • January reporting deadlines extended to Feb. 14, 2019

For inquiries related to these programs or any not listed above, please contact your local USDA Service Center.

AERIAL DEVICES and FALL PROTECTION TRAINING

Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) has partnered with The Zenith Insurance to offer several Aerial Device and Fall Protection Workshops.  All workshops will be in English and held from 7:45 am registration, class 8 am – 12 pm.  The workshops will provide an overview of the regulatory requirements and participants will be given safety training materials to assist with onsite training.  This training is geared toward owners, supervisors or any person who is responsible to conduct onsite training.  Cost: $50 per person.  Register online  https://www.wapa-events.com/aerial-lift-fall-protection or contact WAPA (559) 455-9272.

Flyer and Registration

Upcoming schedule: