NEWS & ISSUES

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.

Congratulations to the Former Ms. Jodi Raley!

This past month the Association’s own Director of Regulatory Affairs, Ms. Jodi Raley, became Mrs. Jodi Devaurs when she married Mr. Nick Devaurs in a beautiful wedding ceremony in Fresno.   On behalf of all of us here at the Association we wish Jodi and Nick a lifetime of love and happiness as they embark on this wonderful new journey in their life together!

Fresno State Kern County Alumni and Friends

Join us for the 39th annual Fresno State Kern County Alumni and Friends Luncheon at South Valley Farms in Wasco on Wednesday, Oct. 10! This event is an opportunity to see all that Kern County has to offer the community, students and agricultural industry. Enjoy lunch while visiting with Fresno State, Bakersfield College and local high school students, then stay for a facility demonstration. The staff of CCGGA and WAPA will be on hand as we are all proud Fresno State grads and supporters!  The social begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and program at noon and the demo at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, RSVP by Oct. 3. For information about sponsorships or to purchase a ticket, visit http://www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/agonefoundation/kerncounty.html.

Reminder: Cotton Harvest Safety Training September 27th!

FCFB and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association will host their annual Cotton Harvest Safety Training in English and Spanish on Thursday, September 27, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center, 17353 W. Oakland Ave., Five Points. The training will be provided by Zenith Agribusiness Solutions.