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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

Meetings of the Committee are held quarterly on the second Thursday in January, April, July and October at 4:00 PM at the Kings County Government Center in Hanford unless unusual or special circumstances warrant a meeting elsewhere in the County. 

Regular Members:

 Joe Neves - Board of Supervisior  Committee Coordinator
 Doug Verboon  - Board of Supervisior  Alternate Committee Coordinator
 Charles Draxler  DAIRY Representative
 Bill Tos Jr.  NUT CROP Representative
 Dennis Tristao  SMALL FARMS Representative - 2020 Chairman
 Brian Potter  AG EQUIPMENT Representative
 Bob Prys  FEED, GRAIN AND SEEDS Representative
 Dustin Ference  KINGS COUNTY FARM BUREAU DIRECTOR- 2020 Vice Chairman
Justin Mendes  WATER Representative
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Ex-Officio Members:

 Jimmy Hook  Kings County Ag Commissioner
 Greg Gatzka  Kings County Community Development Director (Secretary)
 VACANT  USDA Farm Service Director

Auxiliary Members:

Jay Salyer KINGS COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Representative
VACANT UC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION DIRECTOR Representative
Philip Smith USDA -NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION DISTRICT Representative 
Carlos Santos  KINGS COUNTY RURAL CRIMES TASK FORCE Representative 
VACANT CITIZEN'S ADVISORY GROUP OF INDUSTRIES Representative
VACANT  CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT Representative

Kings County Staff:

CDA Director:  

Greg Gatzka– Secretary to KC Ag Advisory Agency

Email : Greg.Gatzka@co.kings.ca.us

Staff:
Kao Nou Yang 
Email: Kao.yang@co.kings.ca.us
Phone: (559) 852-2673

Terri Yarbrough - Executive Secretary to CDA Director
Email: Terri.Yarbrough@co.kings.ca.us
Phone: (559) 852-2680

 Links and Content:

Kings County Emergency Action Plan for Dead Animal Management:

Meetings & Agendas:

Meeting Agendas
 April 9, 2020 (CANCELLED)
 February 27, 2020 - Special Meeting
 January 9, 2020 (CANCELLED)
 October 10, 2019
 July 11, 2019
 April 11, 2019 (CANCELLED)
 March 25, 2019 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
 January 10, 2019 (CANCELLED)
 October 11, 2018
 July 12, 2018
 April 12, 2018
 January 22, 2018 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
 January 11, 2018 (CANCELLED)
 December 18, 2017 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
 October 12, 2017 (CANCELLED)
 July 13, 2017 (CANCELLED)
 April 13, 2017 (CANCELLED)
 January 12, 2017
 October 13, 2016
 July 14, 2016 (CANCELLED)
 April 14, 2016
 January 14, 2016 (CANCELLED)
 October 8, 2015 (CANCELLED)
 July 9, 2015 (CANCELLED)
 April 9, 2015 (CANCELLED)
 January 8, 2015
 October 9, 2014 (CANCELLED)
 August 25, 2014 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
 July 10, 2014
 April 10, 2014 (CANCELLED)
 January 9, 2014 (CANCELLED)
 October 10, 2013
 July 11, 2013 (CANCELLED)
 April 11, 2013
 January 10, 2013
 October 11, 2012
 July 12, 2012 (CANCELLED)
 April 12, 2012
 January 12, 2012

 

 Meeting Minutes
February 27, 2020 - Special Meeting
October 10, 2019
July 11, 2019
March 25, 2019 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
October 11, 2018
July 12, 2018
April 12, 2018
January 22, 2018 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
December 18, 2017 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
October 13, 2016
April 14, 2016
January 8, 2015
August 25, 2014 - Special Joint Meeting with Kings County Water Commission
October 10, 2013
April 11, 2013
January 10, 2013
October 11, 2012
April 12, 2012
January 12, 2012
 

 

 

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