Agricultural Advisory Committee

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Agricultural Advisory Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to act as an advisory agency to the Kings County Board of Supervisors on matters involving agriculture.  The primary focus of the Committee is the sustainability and economic prosperity of agricultural production in Kings County. 
The Committee studies problems of general or special interest assigned by the Board, undertakes special studies as needed or requested relating to preservation of agricultural land and protection of soils resource, reviews important proposed State Legislation affecting agriculture, and other matters of general concern or interest to agriculture, and thereafter provides information and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

The Committee consists of Regular Members, Ex-Officio Members and Auxiliary Members.  The Regular membership consists of nine (9) individuals appointed by the Kings County Board of Supervisors from the following categories:

  • Dairy
  • Livestock and Poultry
  • Cotton/Row Crops
  • Water
  • Fruit Crops
  • Feed, Grain and Seed
  • Nut Crops
  • Field Crops
  • Small Farms
  • Kings County Farm Bureau (preferably an Immediate Past President or Officer)
  • Agricultural Processing Operations
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Agricultural Chemicals & Petroleum

Ex-Officio Members are as follows:

  • The Kings County Agricultural Commissioner
  • The Kings County Planning Director
  • U.S.D.A. Farm Services Agency Director

The Board of Supervisors may appoint Auxiliary Members from the following categories:

  • Cooperative Extension Director 
  • Economic Development Corporation
  • U.S.D.A. Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Citizen’s Advisory Group of Industries
  • California Employment Development Department
  • Kings County Rural Crimes Task Force

Regular member appointments can be from any of the following categories:

  • Livestock/Poultry
  • Cotton/Row Crops
  • Fruit/Field Crops
  • Feed, Grain and Seed
  • Agricultural Processing
  • Agricultural Equipment

Meetings of the Committee are held quarterly in January, April, July and October at the Kings County Government Center in Hanford unless unusual or special circumstances warrant a meeting elsewhere in the County. 

Members:

Joe Neves -- Board of Supervisors                
      *Committee Coordinator
Doug Verboon -- Board of Supervisors                     
      *Alternate Committee Coordinator
Diane Sharp Johnson – WATER 
Charles Draxler – DAIRY
Jim Gregory – AG CHEMICALS & PETROLEUM
Bill Tos, Jr. – NUT CROPS
Dennis Tristao – SMALL FARMS
Brian Potter - AG EQUIPMENT
Johnny Starling - AG PROCESSING      
      *Chairman
Bob Prys - FEED/GRAIN & SEEDS
  *Vice-Chairman
Dustin Ference - KC Farm Bureau

Ex-Officio Members:

Larry Spikes  -- County Administrative Officer/Admin Office
Greg Gatzka -- Community Development Director (Secretary)
Colleen Carlson -- County Counsel
Tim Niswander -- Ag Commissioner
Kathy Sargent -- Farm Service Director/USDA

Kings County Staff:

 

Greg Gatzka– Secretary 
Dan Kassik
Telephone: 559-852-2655
Terri Yarbrough - Executive Secretary
Telephone: 559-852-2680

Auxiliary Members:

Jay Salyer  -Kings EDC
Jim Sullins/Carol Collar -- Cooperative Extension
Charles Buhl -- K.C. Rural Crimes Task Force
Kerry Arroues -- Natural Resources Conservation Service
Vacant -- Citizen's Advisory Group
Vacant -- California EDD

Links:

Emergency Action Plan for Dead Animal Management

Meetings & Agendas:

Meetings

January 12, 2017
October 13, 2016
July 14, 2016 (Canceled)
April 14, 2016
January 14, 2016 (Canceled)
October 8, 2015 (Canceled)
July 9, 2015 (Canceled)
April 9, 2015 (Canceled)
January 8, 2015
October 9, 2014 (Canceled)
August 25, 2015 - Special Meeting
July 10, 2014
April 10, 2014 (Canceled)
January 9, 2014 (Canceled)
October 10, 2013
April 11, 2013
January 10, 2013
October 11, 2012

 

Minutes

October 13, 2016
April 14, 2016
January 8, 2015
August 25, 2014 Special Meeting
July 10, 2014
October 10, 2013
April 11, 2013
January 10, 2013
October 11, 2012

 

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