Ag water pricing extended through 2015
In a lead-up to its scheduled June 26 setting of wholesale water rates for next year, the San Diego County Water Authority’s (CWA) Administration and Finance Committee voted unanimously on May 22 to extend the full Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate (TSAWR) program through 2015. Had the TSAWR not been extended in its current form growers enrolled in the program would have experienced an approximate 12 percent increase in water rates on January 1, 2015.
Consideration for extending the program was the result of the combined efforts of the San Diego County Farm Bureau and California Avocado Commission. At the May 22 hearing Farm Bureau president Julie Walker and board members Charley Wolk, Neil Nagata, and Chuck Badger, Jr. provided testimony on the importance and value of the water pricing program. At the hearing emphasis was put on the fact that growers enrolled in the program agree to reductions in water deliveries in case of emergency or extended drought in exchange for the price differential. That agreement works to the favor of all other CWA customers who would benefit from the shift of water from farmers.
When last considered in 2012 the TSAWR program was extended for two years. With the CWA board of directors embarking on a work program to examine all aspects of its pricing programs, the one-year extension was the maximum the board members would consider.
The TSAWR program allows farmers to purchase water at the Metropolitan Water District’s Tier 1 rate, which doesn’t include the CWA’s markup for its Melded Supply Rate and Storage charges, which are paid by all other users in the CWA service area. Those two programs add reliability to the system and avoidance of the cost of those two programs results in a lower level of supply reliability for participating farmers.
For growers participating in the TSAWR program the action taken on May 22 will result in a combined $7.1 million in differential pricing in 2015 in exchange for reduced reliability.
Speaking in favor of continuing the program CWA Director Frank Hilliker of the Lakeside Water District stated, “Farms, jobs, and families will all be affected without the continuation of this program.”
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The San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce (F2S Taskforce) has recently adopted a unified Harvest of the Month calendar for school districts and hospitals in San Diego County. The calendar lists a fruit or vegetable for each month that can be procured from local growers, and the Taskforce will be working to identify local growers who can sell those products to school districts directly or through a produce distributor. At the same time, school districts will be using educational and marketing materials from UC San Diego, Center for Community Health’s School Wellness Program-NEOPB to connect nutrition lessons in the classroom to the very produce that students will eat in their cafeterias. And hospitals will align their marketing materials with Harvest of the Month to reinforce messages around healthy eating for patients and visitors.
We have two main goals for Harvest of the Month: first, to increase students’ awareness of where their food comes from, and the importance of eating fresh, locally sourced produce; second, to scale up localized institutional food procurement through coordinated fresh produce purchases.
Harvest of the Month Calendar 2014-2015
October: Winter Squash
June: Sweet corn
August: Bell peppers
For San Diego County’s growers this program offers an exciting business opportunity. San Diego County exports the vast majority of the fruits and vegetables produced here, while importing the vast majority of the food we consume. San Diego County school districts spend over $9 million on produce and $50 million on food every year; if we localized even a small portion of that, it would be a major boon to San Diego County’s growers and economy.
To get involved with the F2S Taskforce or learn about how you can sell to schools, contact JuliAnna Arnett @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-609-7962. You can find more info on our web site: http://bitly.com/SDCF2ST.
Farm Bureau News
by Julie Walker
San Diego County Farm Bureau News is published monthly by the San Diego County Farm Bureau, a nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to represent San Diego agriculture through public relations, education and public policy advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources. This newsletter and the activities sponsored by San Diego County Farm Bureau are paid for by the annual dues of its membership. © San Diego County Farm Bureau. Articles published in San Diego County Farm Bureau News may be reprinted without permission provided credit is given to the San Diego County Farm Bureau and a copy of the issue in which the reprint appears is forwarded to the Farm Bureau office provided below.
San Diego County Farm Bureau
President: Julie Walker
Actual Farmers Discovered in San Diego County!!
Actual Farmers Discovered in San Diego County!!
“As a result of our tour, we both understand what hard work is and the results are worth the effort.” This was just one of many similar quotes from enthusiastic participants. And another, “I neither cook nor garden - but I am a ‘foodie.’ I love these tours because they give me a much better appreciation for how the food gets to my plate.” “Well-organized. Great to see parts of the county we haven’t seen before.” See what I mean?
Safe to say that the tours wouldn’t exist were it not for our generous farm owner members and operators opening up their farms to the public so that participants can experience firsthand what local farming is in our area. “The tour guides were exceptional, and with most being owners, I think the wealth of knowledge was elevated. I have gone for the last three years and will go again.”
It’s not all for fun, though. There’s a real purpose to our tours and that is to expose the public, our customers, to the reality of the challenge of farming and to share not only the bounty of our hard work with them, but also to educate them about our issues, be they water, pests, labor, marketing or climate challenges. We have discovered that by sharing what we do, the public becomes our partner in our quest to remain local and profitable. “Was one of the most interesting and informative days I have ever had. Was super impressed with the whole day.”
When the participants were asked if they would come again next year, close to 100% said yes. Asked if they will recommend our event to others, again, even closer to 100% confirmed their support! So, plans are already in the works for our sixth set of tours for next year. New ideas, new farms, and a whole bunch of fun planned for what has become a signature event. See you there!
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Farm Bureau Working for You
- Had commentary published in UT San Diego on increased minimum wage impact to farmers.
- Testified at County Water Authority hearing on Special Ag Water Rate.
- Made presentation to Encinitas city council on urban agriculture.
- Appeared on NBC San Diego about water supply.
- Attended UC Cooperative Extension 100th anniversary demonstrations.
- Spoke at Fallbrook Historical Society’s “Salute to Agriculture.”
- Attended SDG&E Energy Showcase.
- Made presentation on ag water to Slow Money organization.
- Scholarship Committee selected 2014-2015 recipients.
- Traveled to Sacramento for Membership Model Committee meeting.
- Assisted members with code compliance, labor, food safety, overtime, and water issues.
- Put on 5th annual Farm Tour Day.
- Installed display at County Fair featuring local farmers
- Testified in opposition to City of San Diego minimum wage proposal that would put farmers operating inside the city limits at a huge disadvantage.
- Attended public workshop on San Luis Rey water quality
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by Casey Anderson
For more information about these events, call the Farm Bureau office at (760) 745-3023. More events are listed on Farm Bureau’s Calendar page at www.sdfarmbureau.org.
2014 Water Class Schedule
August 5:10 am - noon
For an updated list of Farm Bureau events visit:
7.1+ million reasons to be a Farm Bureau member
It’s no secret that farming’s a tough business. Rewarding, certainly, but tough. Alongside everything it takes to produce a quality product ready for sale week after week and month after month, there’s the balancing act of resources. What things are most important that they make the list of items you put your hard earned money toward? Your Farm Bureau membership is a choice you make each year, and sometimes it’s nice to be reminded why you are a member of San Diego County Farm Bureau.
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From the Ag Commissioner
Ha Dang, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures
Major Changes to the Sudden Oak Death Regulatory Program Implemented
On March 31, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) implemented major changes to the Federal Order regarding Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Phytophthora ramorum quarantine regulations.
California nurseries located in non-infested counties, such as San Diego, that ship plant material interstate and have not been positive for SOD since March 31, 2011:
- Are no longer required to be under compliance with the SOD Program.
- Are no longer required to ship with a federal shield.
- Must cease using the SOD program federal shield immediately.
This change in SOD regulations eliminates the requirement to be inspected, sampled, and certified by Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) staff in order to ship plant material interstate. However, much of the responsibility for ensuring all nursery stock free from pests of limited distribution, including SOD, is now transferred to growers. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will be offering free and voluntary on-site guidance for nurseries interested in setting up a Phytophthora ramorum Best Management Practices (BMP) program. Contact Kathy Kosta, CDFA Nursery Services, at (916) 654-0312 for more information.
Staff from AWM will be making arrangements over the next several weeks to visit nurseries that produce and sell plants interstate and currently hold a Compliance Agreement to explain the changes and discuss any concerns or questions.
Statewide, SOD program funding will be reallocated to the quarantined counties of northern California and Oregon to efficiently mitigate the spread of the disease.
For further information please do not hesitate to call Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Jim Wynn at (760) 752-4710 if you have immediate concerns.
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Meet Your Board Member:
What do you produce?
Altman Plants is best known for producing Cactus and Succulents but also grows an extensive range of annuals and perennials, flowering shrubs and roses.
Tell us a little about your business.
Altman Plants was started in our backyard by my wife Deena and I in the early 70’s. Altman Plants is now ranked as the second largest nursery in the United States. We have operations in Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and Florida. There are over 10 million square feet of greenhouse on around 1700 acres. The customers are the big box retailers and grocery stores. We distribute all over the country on our own and hired trucks. There is quite a lot to keep track of.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I went to California School of Professional Psychology and got a PhD in clinical psychology.
What is your business background/how did you get into the business?
While going to school my wife Deena and I started a plant collection. At a certain point we started a mail order business and then started selling plants to local nurseries. We were into finding new plants and also producing a lot of variety and our plants were well received. Things have never slowed and we continue to grow the business.
Are there aspects of what you do that you particularly enjoy?
I love finding and marketing new plants. I enjoy our original plant group of succulents the most of any plants and it gives me a lot of pleasure to be around well grown succulents. I enjoy presenting plants in a way that customers can understand and appreciate when they see them at our retailer customers’ stores.
What are some favorite hobbies/activities?
Tennis, reading and travelling especially to see natural sites and more plants. Also starting new enterprises and serving on boards of organizations the help the agriculture industry.
What else do you want to share about yourself?
I was interested in plants from a very early age - 6 years old, but at a certain point the interest went dormant until reawakened and inspired by Deena’s parents. They had a retail nursery but closed every winter to travel to Central and South America to collect Bromeliads and Orchids.
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Our participation in Farm Bureau events this year has given us higher exposure in the region. These unique opportunities, which are open to us as Farm Bureau members, have resulted in increased traffic at our Farm Stand and on our website.
Tim and LaVonna Connelly
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From the Farm Advisor’s Office
UCCE Wildfire Zone
by Jim Bethke
The recent fires reminded me of my early days as a farm advisor in San Diego County. The fires in 2007 kept me home for several days due to the closing of the 15 Freeway, massive smoke clouds and ash surrounding my home near Lake Elsinore, and a crazy person lighting fires at the base of the Cleveland National Forest within a mile from my house. It was a very intense time for everyone. Wildfires are not uncommon in Southern California, but as the population grows and new construction continues to infringe on the native environment, more and more people are being impacted.
The University of California Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the County of San Diego developed the Wildfire Zone, a web page devoted to educating residents on what to do, before, during and after a wildfire. That web page received over 100,000 hits during the recent fires and may provide some information that may be helpful for farmers in San Diego County as well. The web site can be located by typing this URL into your browser: wildfirezone.org. Other partners that are linked on the page and that provided information to the Wildfire Zone include CAL FIRE (State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), Bureau of Land Management, Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, FAST (San Diego County Forest Area Safety Taskforce), and the Resource Conservation District of Greater SD.
The Wildfire Zone contains lots of readable and downloadable resources such as publications, links, and a glossary of terms and definitions. Also included are a set of informational videos: Understanding Southern California Wildfires, The Wildfire Zone System: Protect Homes & Property, Creating a Fire-Safe Home- Design and Materials, Creating a Fire-Safe Home - Defensible Space, Wildfire on the Horizon: Before and During, and After the Fire. Finally, there are lots of photos and history of fire recovery in San Diego County.
For updates during a wildfire emergency, visit the San Diego County Emergency homepage at: sdcounty.ca.gov/dmpr/emer/. Call 2-1-1, the new national dialing code for free, 24-hour community, health, disaster information, and more. You should have a battery-operated radio or TV and listen to local radio or TV stations such as KUSI, NBC, CBS, and ABC. The Wildfire Zone recommendations will answer your most common questions, and it is designed to provide you information based on your ZIP code. Once you have typed in your ZIP code, you will see information such as the locations of local fire protection districts, fire department administrative offices, any local fire safety codes, a source for the Fire Authority, county building codes and departments, vegetation management and defensible space, state and federal jurisdictions, school information, contact information for local representatives, contact information for law enforcement agencies, and animal services.
Preparation, preparation, preparation! That’s the key. You will find a very good source of information to assist you with your preparation in the Wildfire Zone. Please take the time to check it out. We are not over with the dry fire season yet.
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FFA Ag-Tivities - All Tribes FFA
All Tribes FFA has been working hard to be as involved as possible this past school year. We have a new addition to our agriculture department this year, Ms. Calac, who has been working to improve our livestock facilities and stock. Our monthly Farm Days have really been the catalyst in this area of improvement. Starting in September we kick off our school year with a school campout where we get to bond as a school and chapter. We participated in Opening/Closing Competition this past October and placed in the top five, which is a huge accomplishment for our chapter this year and next year we hope to do even better. In December we participated in our annual “Breaking and Entering”, which is where we identify a local family in need, buy gifts and groceries for them, and surprise them by leaving the gifts in their home while they are at work. Many of the All Tribes FFA members participated in leadership conferences this school year, such as Greenhand Conference, MFE/ALA, SOCAL, and State Conference. These conferences have really inspired our students to get involved in leadership roles at and above the chapter level, so we hope to see some students run for section office next year. Our members also participated in job interview, Creed, and Impromptu speech contests at Escondido High School this year. We recently held interviews for our new officer team and have selected six qualified members for the 2014-15 school year.
All Tribes FFA Wish List
- Ag in the Classroom Supplies
- Horticulture Supplies
- Guest Speakers
Please contact email@example.com
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Crop of the Month - Borrego Springs Citrus
Citrus grown in the desert near Borrego Springs faces some unique challenges when it comes to water and the weather, but those challenges create fruit that has its own special place in the market. Seley Ranches is one of the larger citrus producers in the region with 370 acres of certified organic lemons, grapefruit, and tangerines. Jim Seley talked to Farm Bureau staff about citrus grown in Borrego and what makes it special.
Top commercial varieties?
The biggest crop we have is lemons and grapefruit; we grow Lisbon and Eureka lemons. We also produce different tangerine varieties; Minneolas, Daisies, and Tangos.
What is the planting and harvesting timeline for citrus in Borrego?
One of the benefits we have down here is really our harvest time. We plant the young trees, generally, in February, and harvest lemons as early as August and as late as December. Grapefruit we’ve harvested as early as September and as late as April. Tangerines are much shorter; we’ll harvest - according to the variety - from late October to January. I think in San Diego, being more coastal, fruit comes off 30-60 days after us. Lemons grown in Borrego are going to be harvested October – November and the grapefruit peak will be January.
What is the general market for your fruit?
We have a local produce stand and sell fruit there and ship to a few local markets. We also ship fruit via UPS all over the state; we have a website and we get quite a few people who enjoy our fruit from Canada who have visited down here during the winter. Apart from direct marketing most of our fruit goes to Corona College Heights Orange and Lemon Association and that goes all over; to Japan, Taiwan, and of course to all the Whole Foods markets and places like that. We also ship through Sunrise Farms.
What are some of the challenges of producing citrus in Borrego?
Weather and water. We can get pretty cool in the winter, and of course we have the summer heat which we have to adjust our irrigation to. We do a lot of irrigating at night because of evaporation. We’re all under mini sprinklers. The soil is not heavy it’s a sandy loam, so we’ve worked hard over the years to add organic matter into the soil to help us on our water holding ability. We’ve always experimented down here; we put in drip irrigation in 1968 and ended up with micro sprinklers. It’s an ongoing challenge and that’s what makes it fun. I think we were one of the first in the desert to use drip irrigation for citrus, but we found out we couldn’t use drip irrigation with compost. You have to break that down and you have to use micro sprinklers to do that.
What is unique about citrus grown in Borrego aside from harvest times?
We have a very good quality fruit. It’s not a high acid fruit, it has a high sugar content. It just has great taste appeal to it. That’s why we have people from all over who have visited Borrego who go to our website and send our citrus as Christmas gifts.
Are there aspects of growing citrus that you find interesting or fascinating?
I enjoy the whole process; we have to constantly improve what we do. I guess it’s the same as any farmer feels. You work to get the optimum water and optimum fertilizer at the same time. Everyone may feel that what they’re doing is unique but we’re probably all doing the same thing. It’s the timing of the sprays, and the pruning methods, and the challenges that we have. We’re in our third generation now and the fourth generation is coming along. Our hope is that the farm will continue through the family generations.
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Sink the Putt for Local Ag Students
The annual San Diego County Farm Bureau Scholarship Golf Tournament is quickly approaching and you don’t want to miss it! The tournament will be held again at St. Mark Golf Club in San Marcos (previously Lake San Marcos). The tournament will be Thursday, September 18 with a shotgun start at 12 noon. Registration and lunch begin at 11:00.
Each year, San Diego County Farm Bureau’s Scholarship Committee puts on this premier fundraising event to grow the scholarship fund that supports students majoring in ag related studies. In the 2014-2015 academic year $32,000 was awarded to 19 deserving San Diego County students in support of their ag education.
The Scholarship Golf Tournament is a scramble format designed to allow golfers of all abilities to come out and enjoy the day. Duffers and ringers alike can pair up with friends and co-workers for a lively afternoon of golf followed by a delicious buffet dinner and raffle. Players may register for the tournament online at the SDCFB website: www.sdfarmbureau.org/GOLF. Signup with group of friends as a foursome or with one or two players and we will create a great team for you!
St. Mark Golf Club is a mature, semi-private golf course near Lake San Marcos. The Harry Rainville designed golf course boasts a links style experience with stunning backdrops. St. Mark Golf Course, with its spacious, angular holes rewards mindful play. It was a crowd pleaser last year with the right balance of challenge and ease.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses. Details are posted on the Farm Bureau website at www.sdfarmbureau.org/Golf. Players can also call or email Lindsey Hogg at the Farm Bureau office for sponsorship details, 760-745-3023, Lindsey@sdfarmbureau.org, or sign up online at www.sdfarmbureau.org/Golf.
See you on the course!
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Farm machinery on roadways
Each year, increasing numbers of accidents occur involving the transportation of farm machinery on roadways. Factors that increase the likelihood of accidents are increased automobile traffic in rural areas, city dwellers moving into agricultural areas that may be unaware of the need to approach farm equipment with extra caution. Farms are getting larger, causing operators to travel greater distances on roadways between fields.
While there may be little you can about some circumstances, you do have the ability to control certain factors. Most accidents occur when the motor vehicle driver strikes the rear of a farm implement. The driver simply may not see it in time or fails to realize its size and/or the speed of the machinery. Lack of visibility is a major cause. Make sure your equipment has a clearly visible slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem, illuminated with reflective material. To make sure the motoring public sees your farm machinery:
- Keep SMV emblems clean and free of dirt. Replace damaged/faded SMV emblems immediately.
- Place reflective material on the extremities of wide machinery to make large and oversize equipment more clearly visible at night. To increase daytime visibility, apply fluorescent strips and markings.
- Install flashing amber lights to act as an early warning for motorists. Amber colored strobe lights and beacons can also be used.
- Consider installing turn signals and taillights. A large number of accidents occur because the motor vehicle driver didn’t realize the farm machinery operator was making a turn.
- Keep all lighting in proper working order. Take the time to check machinery lighting before taking it on the road.
Remember that visibility and identification are two key items. Several companies offer lighting and marking kits specifically designed for farm machinery. A small investment in lights and reflective material on your machinery could prevent a million-dollar claim.
Finally, always be sure to check local laws and regulations.
Article contributed by Nationwide Insurance, which is endorsed by the California Farm Bureau Federation. Margie Piercy, Sponsor Relations Business Development Director, can be reached at 530-701-4486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Farm Tour Day 2014
Oceanside ~ Ramona~ Oceanside
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Be Diligent to Prevent Heat Illness Among Employees
By Mike Burns
State Fund Farm Bureau Group Manager
Weather conditions play a major role in working conditions, with summertime temperatures climbing to well over 100 degrees in summer. Without proper acclimation to these high temperatures, serious consequences may develop.
Working outdoors during the hot summer months puts special demands on the body’s cooling system. Under certain conditions, a person’s body may have trouble regulating its temperature. The harder a person works, the more heat his or her body needs to lose.
Prevention is the best course of action. Here are some tips to help prepare you and your employees for summer temperatures:
- Drink small amounts of water frequently. Be sure to avoid alcohol because it increases the loss of body fluids.
- Whenever possible, schedule hot jobs for cooler times of day or cooler seasons of the year.
- Take rest breaks in cool areas and add more workers to reduce the workload or shorten the workday.
- Gradually adapting to heat will reduce the severity of heat stress.
Mechanize heavy jobs and when possible increase air movement with fans or coolers.
- Clothing can affect heat buildup, so it is recommended that loose, lightweight and light colored clothing be worn.
- Do not use salt tablets. Taking salt tablets can raise blood pressure, cause stomach ulcers and seriously affect workers with heart disease
Heat stroke occurs when the body has used up all of its water and salt and stops sweating as a result. As the body temperature rises, the person feels weaker and weaker, and may start acting confused or upset. As the situation becomes more dire, the victim may pass out or have convulsions. If heat stroke is suspected, it is imperative to call 911 immediately because this condition can kill a person quickly.
While waiting for the EMTs to arrive, there are things that can be done to aid the victim. Remove excess clothing from the victim, fan and spray him or her with cool water. Offer sips of cool water if the person is conscious.
State Fund has a wealth of information on safety topics available for easy access on our website at www.statefundca.com. Click on “Employers” and then “Resources” to find the extensive list of topics.
Today, State Fund is the largest workers’ compensation carrier in California. State Fund has regional offices throughout the state, which provide a full range of services to policyholders and injured workers. We provide coverage to employers of all sizes, from “mom and pop” operations to major organizations.
Since 1943, the California Farm Bureau and State Fund partnership has provided farmers with affordable worker compensation insurance coverage and accident prevention training for agricultural employers and their employees. In addition to providing farm and ranch employers with workers’ compensation insurance protection, we also have taken on the mission of assisting employers in providing safe places to work
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Business Supporting Member Focus
For more than 50 years the Stehly family has been farming the north eastern part of San Diego County. Their farming legacy, having been established by their father, who started as a chicken farmer before switching to avocados in the 1970’s. Today the tradition continues.
Jerome Stehly founded “Stehly Enterprises” in 1995 which manages citrus and avocado groves utilizing comprehensive analysis and planning to evaluate and strategically plan grove efficiency for maximum yield. More frequently than in years past, Jerome Stehly says that he sees the need to advise clients that converting to higher value crops in their groves will sustain profitability due to market trend analysis for future consumer demands. All of this must also be carefully balanced against the continued reach of the regulatory arm as well as the uncertainty of bountiful water supplies in the future. “We are doing a lot of high density planting” says Jerome. “We must utilize every inch of the property in today’s climate.” Stehly Enterprises is also well known for their organic farming and is enjoying great success with new techniques of getting fertilizer to the trees.
Stehly understands and realizes that the ways of the past, those tried and true measures once relied upon by his father to maintain a profitable edge, cannot be looked upon with the same degree of certainty in today’s highly complex and competitive agriculture business environment. With the costs of running the business seeming to have no ceiling and running the gauntlet from employee expenses to water costs the focus on managing the bottom line at every juncture is more important today than ever. Factor into this equation the challenges of securing and maintaining a qualified work force and it often seems that today the easiest if not the most enjoyable part of the business is being in the groves.
As part of his business philosophy Jerome Stehly believes that the H-2A Temporary Agriculture Worker Program is vital to maintaining a successful agriculture business in the 21st century. The H-2A program allows for skilled foreign workers to stay up to 1 year each for qualifying employment. Stehly hires his H-2A workforce for up to10 months at a time. He believes that the provisions afforded under the H-2A program are a viable alternative.
Stehly Enterprises can be reached at email@example.com or
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Thanks to those volunteers who serve on the Scholarship Committee.
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Professional, Profitable Avocado Grove Manager with over 34 years experience. Consulting, management, design & installation. Charley Wolk's Bejoca Company
Sunrise Farms, packers of organic and conventional citrus for 30 years and going strong! Call for a quote on all citrus. Will help certify organic.
Available Now in Carlsbad: Lease 4 acres: prior flower farm (greenhouses) contact numbers; 310-445-9114 H 310-367-7866
20 acre ranch in Warner Springs, Main house is 3409 sq. ft. & ranch hand housing is 1968 sq. ft. Nestled in an old Oak Grove, with a seasonal stream. Great for an agriculture business. $599,000. Call Judy Jessup Re/MAX at 760-807-1829.
Bonsall 6 acres organic avocado grove for lease. Good setting 300 Gal well water. Retiring 760-533-5391
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San Pasqual Valley Soils -Permitted, regulatory-compliant facility regulated by the CDFA and CalRecycle. OMRI certified compost and other high quality soil amendments and mulches. Farm Bureau member discounts. Call Kevin at 760- 644-3404, or visit www.spvsoils.com
Bees Bees Bees: Local Beekeeper in North County looking for land to place my bees. Open land, groves, etc. Call John 760-473-8347
Between 40 and 200 acres of land for Agroforestry farm. Open to long term lease, lease with option to buy, or outright purchase. Young farmer looking to get his start. Mesa Grande, Ramona, Santa Ysabel areas are attractive. 805-300-3979,
Wanted: underutilized greenhouse space or land for growing succulents & related food crops. Alan 858.883.7314.
WANTED: Small farm with house & well in San Diego County. Greenhouse preferred. For sale or lease option. Please call or email Nick at 858-602-9588 / firstname.lastname@example.org
I’LL PAY CASH; $.35 / propagation flat delivered [up to 1000, 18”x17”] and/or $.10 / bedding flat [up to 500, 17”x17”]. Ed, 760-741-3204.
Trees & Plants
For Sale: Certified organic Hass nursery stock. 760-747-3434
Bee Removal: I am a commercial beekeeper with 30 years experience working with bees. If you are having a problem with a swarm I can help. Call John @ 760-473-8347 or email: N2bees@pacbell.net
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Phone: 760-745-3023 | Fax: 760-489-6348 | Contact the Farm Bureau