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

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. 


Joe Neves -- Board of Supervisors                
      *Committee Coordinator
Doug Verboon -- Board of Supervisors                     
      *Alternate Committee Coordinator
Charles Draxler – DAIRY
Bill Tos, Jr. – NUT CROPS
Dennis Tristao – SMALL FARMS
Brian Potter - AG EQUIPMENT
Johnny Starling - AG PROCESSING      
Dustin Ference - KC Farm Bureau
Vacant Position
Vacant Position

Ex-Officio Members:

Jimmy Hook -- Ag Commissioner
Greg Gatzka -- Community Development Director (Secretary)
Kathy Sargent -- Farm Service Director/USDA

Kings County Staff:


Greg Gatzka– Secretary 
Kao Nou Yang
Telephone: 559-852-2673
Terri Yarbrough - Executive Secretary
Telephone: 559-852-2680

Auxiliary Members:

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


Emergency Action Plan for Dead Animal Management

Meetings & Agendas:


July 12, 2018
April 12, 2018
January 22, 2018 - Special Meeting
December 18, 2017 - Special Meeting
October 12, 2017 - (Canceled)
July 13, 2017 - (Canceled)
April 13, 2017 - (Canceled)
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



December 18, 2017
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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