NEWS & ISSUES

Cal/OSHA Electronic Reporting

Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Regulations for Workplace Injuries require employers to electronically submit their 2017 Form 300A on the OSHA ITA Launch Website by December 31, 2018 to comply.  This regulation is in compliance with federal OSHA requirements.  Please visit the OSHA ITA Launch Website, for instructions https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html. Should you need assistance, please contact Elda Brueggemann for step-by-step instructions.  

Air District Announces Opening of the FARMER Ag Truck Replacement Program

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (Air District) is pleased to announce the formal opening of the FARMER Ag Truck Replacement Program funding opportunity.  Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that funding opportunities would be made available through the Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program.  Funding will be provided at 65% of the cost of the eligible replacement truck. Target vehicles for this program include vehicles that utilize the following Truck and Bus Regulation compliance options:

  • Agricultural Vehicle Extension
  • Low-Use Exemption
  • Specialty Agricultural Vehicle Extension
  • Model Year Schedule and the truck must operate as an “agricultural vehicle” as defined in the Truck and Bus Regulation

In order to receive funding for the Heavy-Duty Truck portion of the program, applicants must show compliance with the Truck and Bus Regulation for this current year.  Funding will be on a first come, first serve basis, so we recommend you get your applications in ASAP.  Applications can be found on the Air District’s website at http://valleyair.org/grants/FARMER.htm. Any questions in regards to the program can be directed to the incentives department representatives Jennifer Schmaill, Kashmir Pandher, Kira Taylor or Ryan Delmanowski with the Air District at (559)-230-6000.

Dairy Sustainability Summit

The dairy industry has united to host the inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event will showcase
world-leading achievements in sustainable farming practices, while promoting technology, services, and strategies to help farmers reduce operating costs and generate revenue, while making further advancements. The summit will be held November 27th and 28th at the Sacramento Convention Center. To register, please visit cadairysummit.com.

CARB Adopts Tractor Requirements

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted requirements this week to replace 12,000 Tier 0, Tier 1, and Tier 2 tractors through the use of incentives by 2025.  This effort is part of CARB’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) to reduce PM2.5 emissions in the San Joaquin Valley.  The Association’s President/CEO Roger Isom testified at the hearing supporting the use of incentives, but expressed concerns over the fact that the incentives are not locked in after next year.  Additionally, the Association commented on the concern on replacing 2,400 tractors per year, and whether that is achievable.  Despite the concerns, Isom promised CARB the Association would be at the table pushing for continued incentive funds, as they did in leading the charge to get the current two years of funding at $135 million per year.  This was highlighted at the recent SJVAPCD Press Conference where Isom addressed the media on how important these incentives are and how they will be used.  These incentive funds are included in the new FARMER program and applications are already available in most Air Districts throughout the state.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (559)455-9272.

Remembering Bill H. Adams

Bill H. Adams
JANUARY 24, 1943 – OCTOBER 18, 2018

 Bill H. Adams, born January 24, 1943 in Rains County, Texas passed away on October 18, 2018 in Bakersfield, California. Bill attended 7 primary schools, graduating from Grand Saline High School in Grand Saline, Texas. He attended Rutherford School of Business in Dallas from 1960 to 1962. Bill married Donita Shaw in August of 1962. They had two sons, Bill Jr. and Todd, three grandchildren, Ayla, Jon and Rebekka, and a great granddaughter, Emma.

Bill joined Toyo Cotton Company in 1962 in Dallas as a shipping clerk and was promoted to Traffic Manager in 1970. In 1975 he was transferred to McFarland, California to work as the Office Manager of Toyo’s California operation. In 1981 he was promoted yet again to Vice President of Toyo Cotton Company’s California operation. Bill was Vice President of Toyo Cotton Co.’s Dallas office when he retired the end of December 2011.  He continued as an Advisor to Toyo after his retirement. Bill remained active the cotton business for 56 years.

He served on the Board of Directors of Fresno Cotton Exchange in 1978 and 1979 as well as the Board of Directors of Western Cotton Shippers Association in 1982/1983 and 1984/1985. From 1985-1986 Bill served as President of the Western Cotton Shippers Association.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Cotton Shippers Association and many committees of ACSA and WCSA.  Bill was proud to serve in an industry that gave him so much.  In lieu of flowers please donate to one of his favorite charities: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Salvation Army, or the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center.

Senator Stern Tours Cotton Gin

The Association as well as members of the Agricultural Presidents Council hosted Senator Henry Stern on a tour of agricultural operations in the Central Valley. Senator Stern represents the 27th Senate District which includes parts of Santa Clarita, Malibu, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Canoga Park, Lake Balboa and much more. The Senator has Valley ties, but wanted to understand agricultural issues in more detail. CCGGA brought the Senator to Cross Creek Gin to show how cotton is transformed from coming in from a module to a bale ready to be sent to a textile mill. CCGGA Board Member, Kirk Gilkey shared the history of cotton in California, the advancements the industry has made in technology and how California cotton holds pride in the ability to grow some of the strongest and softest fiber in the world. Spending the entire day with the group the Senator was able to visit a dairy farm, a citrus operation, a table grape operation, a cotton gin, a pistachio processor as well as receive an aerial demonstration at Lakeland Dusters Aviation.

Tractors Crushed at FARMER Funding Roll Out Event

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) and California Air Resources Board (ARB) in partnership with state and local officials as well as the Association gathered at Bruno’s Iron and Metal to highlight the new Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program. This program funding of $108 million, comes from the California Climate Investments that puts Cap & Trade dollars to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through the FARMER program valley farmers can apply for incentive dollars to replace their older tractors, trucks and ATVs with newer, lower-emission technology. Association President/CEO Roger Isom said, “Today is a monumental day… (or whichever quote you would like”. The Association was one of the few ag organizations to fight for this money to come to the valley. Additionally, Isom noted that this was an effort where party lines were crossed and legislatures were able to come together to make happen. Attendees of the event were able to witness tractors, road graders and an ATV being replaced with these dollars being crushed. Among the speakers for the day were Assembly Member Autumn Burke, Assembly Member Heath Flora, Supervisor Buddy Mendes, Director of EPA Region IX Mike Stoker, Executive Director/APCO Samir Sheikh, Nisei Farmers League President Manuel Cunha, ARB Board Member Hector De La Torre, CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt and Carlos-Suarez with USDA-NRCS.

Press Conference on FARMER Air Quality Funding

A special press conference to highlight the new “Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program” will be held next Monday, October 22nd at 10:00 am at Bruno’s Iron and Metal located at 3211 S. Golden State Blvd., in Fresno.  Federal, state and local officials will gather to showcase how $108 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is helping to fund the FARMER incentive program in the Valley and assist farmers in replacing their older tractors and ag equipment with cleaner low emissions technology. The funding assists growers and agricultural processing facilities to replace tractors, trucks and ATVS.  The Association’s own President/CEO Roger Isom will be speaking at the event.  The entire speaker list includes:

 

  • Autumn Burke, Assembly Member, District 62
  • Heath Flora, Assembly Member, District 12
  • Buddy Mendes, Fresno County Supervisor, Valley Air District Board Chair
  • Mike Stoker, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 9
  • Samir Sheikh, Executive Director/APCO, Valley Air District
  • Manuel Cunha, President/CEO, Nisei Farmers League
  • Roger A. Isom, President/CEO, California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association & Western Agricultural Processors Association
  • Hector De La Torre, Board member, California Air Resources Board
  • Jenny Lester Moffitt, Undersecretary, California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • Carlos Suarez, USDA-NRCS California State Conservationist

 

FARMER funding comes from the California Climate Investments that takes Cap 7 Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The Association was one of a handful of organizations that sought to bring that money to the valley to help address air quality issues with agricultural equipment.

 

Funding for Electric ATVs Now Available!

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) has just announced the opening of the Zero Emission Ag UTV Voucher Program for the replacement existing diesel or gasoline-powered UTVs with new, zero-emission UTVs to qualified individuals, businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations involved in California agricultural operations as defined by The California Air Resources Board.  Incentives will pay up to 75% of the cost of the new electric ATV.  Applications and Guideline documents are available on the District’s website at http://valleyair.org/grants/utv.htm.  This funding was a result of the Association’s involvement in the Cap & Trade negotiations that created the FARMER incentive funding program.  If you have any questions, please call our office at (559)455-9272 or contact the District’s Ag UTV Program Staff at 559-230-5800 with additional questions.