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Upcoming Events

6 - BCFB Board Meeting
 - Green Book Deadline

1 - Green Book Deadline
4 - BCFB Board Meeting
6-7 - Sierra Oro Farm Trail

1 - BCFB Board Meeting
20 - Human Resources Training
16 - Agribee
28 - Grower Day

11 - Pesticide Safety Spanish
12 - Pesticide Safety English
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Courtesy of the Butte County Farm Bureau
September 11, 2018 


We are getting ready for a busy fall and are excited to be preparing for many educational events. This Farmwire is jam-packed with upcoming events.

Butte County Farm Bureau
2018 Green Book Deadline Approaching

The Butte County Farm Bureau is excited to create the 2019 Green Book. We will distribute the 2019 Green Book to all current and new members and will be handing them out at numerous local agriculture events. Last year we handed out over 2,000 copies of the Green Book and are pleased to say it was the piece that local growers asked for multiple times to find businesses that support Farm Bureau.

Current business members get a complimentary listing including business name and phone number. There are also great opportunities to upgrade your advertisement to logo placements, half page or full page advertisement. If you are not a current business member and have a business who you wish to have listed in the 2019 Green Book, please call the office today and upgrade your current Farm Bureau membership.

If you would like to become a Farm Bureau business member to take advantage of this great opportunity to gain exposure of your business call our office at 530-533-1473 and we will be happy to assist you.

Space is limited so we recommend a prompt response before the deadline of September 29, 2018.
Sponsor and vendor registration is officially open for the 2018 Grower Day. This anticipated event is Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, in Chico.

Last year, Grower Day welcomed nearly 400 registered attendees and numerous that came to walk through the trade show, have lunch and hear the presentations. Don't miss the chance to get your business one on one time with local growers. 

For more information or to register visit the Butte County Farm Bureau  website.
Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend
Tour, Taste and Toast your way through Butte County on Saturday and Sunday, October 6th-7th from 10a.m - 5 p.m!

Your passport opens the doors to amazing specialty farms and wineries where you'll enjoy samples of tasty artisan olive oils, specialty nuts and award-winning wines, all while getting to know local farmers and winemakers behind them. Set their own pace as you explore a variety of the more than 30 farms and wineries along this year's Farm Trail. Enjoy self-guided tours of the scenic agricultural trails, meet local farmers and winemakers, and sample the amazing bounty Butte C ounty has to offer.

Each of the 34 farms along the way pulls out all the stops to showcase our local culinary community! 

Proceeds from the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend benefit the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Association, dedicated to further developing agri-tourism in Butte County. Passports are $30 and are available at all Tri Counties Bank Locations and Chamber of Commerce offices in Chico, Oroville and Paradise. For more information visit  sierroro.org.
The Big Harvest
Th e Big Harvest is a program of the Butte Ag Foundation that gives local agriculture groups in Butte, Glenn, and Tehama 
counties the opportunity to fundraise and make each donation more valuable with a percentage of the matching fund earned on  each donation.

The Big Harvest has secured matching funds for groups to earn during the 2018 campaign. The groups purpose must be promoting and/or advancing agriculture education in their local communities. These groups may include, but are not limited to:
  • 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters
  • Agriculture Museums
  • Farm City Celebration
  • County Fair Foundations
  • Youth Judging Teams
  • Local Ag Education Events

Those who chose to participate have a window from November 1st  thru December 31st to raise donations.Donations may be requested through letter, personal contact, phone calls, etc. To sign up before October 15th and visit  www.TheBigHarvest.org

Fall 2018 Education Courses
The Butte County Farm Bureau is excited to continue our partnership with AgSafe to host more trainings for Farm Bureau members this Fall. AgSafe is a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the food and farming industries' commitment to a safe, sustainable workforce and food supply, by providing practical education and resources. 

Human Resources Issues
November 20, 2018 English: 8:00am-12:00pm
$40 Per Person

Pesticide Safety - Instructor Training
December 11, 2017 - Spanish
December 12, 2017 - English
$115 Per Person
Includes morning refreshments and lunch

To register for the 2018 Fall Education Courses please complete and return the registration form with payment made payable to:
Butte County Farm Bureau
2580 Feather River Blvd,
Oroville, Ca 95965

Membership in the Butte County Farm Bureau is required to enroll in the education courses. Employees can register under employer membership. Registration cannot be guaranteed without payment. Call the Butte County Farm Bureau at 
530-533-1473 with any further questions.

Farm City Celebration
Mark Your Calendars for the 39th Annual Farm City Celebration!
The Farm City Celebration hosts annual events that connect the urban areas of Butte County to the abundance of agriculture around them. Through the Farm City Celebration, many agriculture groups and organizations come together to promote agriculture and increase awareness of what goes on all around us every day.

This year's events will include:
Kids Day at the Farm - On November 1st, the California State University, Chico Farm will be hosting over 800 Butte County 3rd grade students. Local groups and clubs such as the California Women for Agriculture, Young Cattlemen's Committee, the Butte County Agriculture Departments, and many more hold interactive stations to teach the kids about agriculture and where their food comes from.
14th Annual Harvest Festival - Saturday, November 3rd  
The Harvest Festival will bring over 2000 people to the Bidwell Mansion in downtown Chico. It features interactive stations for kids to learn about planting seeds, milking a cow, interact with animals, rope and other fun things such as a ropes course and roasting marshmallows. This event is FREE for anyone to attend so bring your family!
Agribusiness Bus Tour - Wednesday, November 7th  
The Farm City Celebration Agribusiness Bus Tour continues to be a popular event in the community. The Bus Tour will load five buses of participants and take them on a half day tour of agriculture related businesses in Butte County. The day will feature five different stops focusing on different areas of agriculture and end with a locally acclaimed barrel cooked chicken lunch. Tickets for the Bus Tour are just $40 and will go on sale in September.
Restaurant Program 
Many local restaurants will be participating by featuring menu items that use locally grown products during the entire month of November. A full list of participating restaurants will be available on the Farm City Celebration Website at www.farmcity.com, so go check them out!
The Farm City Celebration is an important tradition in Butte County. If you are interested in any of the events, getting involved or sponsoring, please contact the Butte County Farm Bureau office at (530)533-1473 for more information. Many sponsor options are available and the Farm City Celebration would appreciate your support on the work they are doing to connect urban and rural Butte County.

Nearly $2 Billion Now Available for Eligible Producers Affected by 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires
On July 16, 2018, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that agricultural producers affected by hurricanse and wildfires in 2017, now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Sign - up begins July 16, 2018 and continues through November 16, 2018. 

The program, known as the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) was authorized by Congress earlier this year by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. 

Eligible crops, trees, bushes or vines, located in a county declared in a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration or Secretarial Disaster Designation as a primary county are eligible for assistance if the producer suffered a loss as a result of a 2017 hurricane. A list of counties that received qualifying hurricane declarations and designations is available at  https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/wildfires-and-hurricanes-indemnity-program/index.

Agricultural production losses due to conditions caused by last year's wildfires and hurricanes, including excessive rain, high winds, flooding, mudslides, fire, and heavy smoke, could qualify for assistance through the program. Typically, 2017 WHIP is only designed to provide assistance for production losses, however, if quality was taken into consideration under the insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy, where production was further adjusted, the adjusted production will be used in calculating assistance under this program.   

To read the full press release  CLICK HERE

FARM WIRE - Butte County Farm Bureau | rachel@buttefarmbureau.com  | www.buttefarmbureau.com
2580 Feather River Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965