Junior Board Application and Handbook Posted

2020 is going to be a great year for the AgFest Junior Board! We had great participation at our first meeting and selected our 2020 theme…Lights! Camera! Agfest!

FFA and 4-H AgFest 2020 participants in grades 7-12th are welcome to join.  Signed applications are mandatory for those who would like to work on and/or with the Junior AgFest board. If you would like to get involved, click here for information and to download this year’s application. Hope to see you at our next meeting!

Contact Lucinda Suttle at suttlezoo@icloud.com for more information.

Important News from the January General Meeting

There is some important information that came out of this weeks general meeting for AgFest:

  • Poultry Show – Barring any changes to the status of the Newcastle disease eradication efforts, AgFest will be holding poultry shows at AgFest 2020 but they will be for market only, there will be no breeding show. To do our part to support Newcastle eradication, this will be a terminal show so all birds brought to the show must be processed at the conclusion of AgFest…including animals that are not sold at auction. No Exceptions.
  • Junior Board – The Junior Board held their first meeting and selected our 2020 theme – “Lights, Camera, AgFest!” Applications for Junior Board will be posted on the web site shortly and the next meeting will be Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 PM at the Robert Cabral Agriculture Center at 2101 E Earhart Ave in Stockton.
  • Blue Ribbon online entries and YQCA field: The YQCA certificate number will be a required field this year in the Blue Ribbon entries. Please make sure that your child has completed their YQCA training and certification (it must be renewed every year) prior to entries opening so that you can enroll them properly. YQCA numbers will be validated and if the number entered is incorrect or “placeholder” information is entered, the entry will be considered incomplete. AgFest will be holding YQCA training at an upcoming meeting (information to be posted soon) and most FFA chapters will hold trainings for their members. You can also complete the training online. Click here for details.

Newcastle Disease Updates

Here are the latest updates on the Newcastle Disease outbreak in California. Some new cases reported recently, but things still trending in a positive direction. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as AgFest 2020 approaches and follow the mandates/recommendations of the CDFA as they relate to our poultry shows in 2020.

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November 19, 2019

Virulent Newcastle Disease Update from State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones

A new detection of virulent Newcastle Disease was identified on November 18, 2019 at a retail feed and pet store in western San Bernardino County. The store is linked to the two recently confirmed positive premises in western San Bernardino County.  This new premises is approximately 1 km outside the boundary of the current control area and control area expansion is being reviewed.

VND response team members from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to establish control measures including mandatory euthanasia of infected and exposed birds and surveillance testing near the retail feed and pet store where infection was detected. We are moving quickly to investigate the origin of disease.

Detections of VND have decreased greatly over the last few months. Our priority remains to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate the disease. We have made significant progress toward this goal by identifying and clearing remaining pockets of disease, but this case reminds all bird owners in Southern California to remain aware of VND signs, practice good biosecurity, stop illegal movement of birds from property to property, and report any sick birds immediately to the Sick Bird Hotline, 866-922-2473. More information about VND, including biosecurity guidelines to keep birds healthy, is available on the CDFA virulent Newcastle disease web page.

November 15, 2019

Virulent Newcastle Disease Update from State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones

There were new detections of virulent Newcastle disease (VND) on November 14 at two neighboring residential properties in western San Bernardino County. These are the first detections of VND in Southern California since September 4. These cases were identified when a bird owner at one of the properties contacted a veterinarian. 

VND response team members from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to establish control measures including mandatory euthanasia of infected and exposed birds and surveillance testing near the property where infection was detected. We are moving quickly to investigate the origin of disease. 

Detections of VND have decreased greatly over the last few months. Our priority remains to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate the disease. We have made significant progress toward this goal by identifying and clearing remaining pockets of disease, but this case reminds all bird owners in Southern California to remain aware of VND signs, practice good biosecurity, stop illegal movement of birds from property to property, and report any sick birds immediately to the Sick Bird Hotline, 866-922-2473. More information about VND, including biosecurity guidelines to keep birds healthy, is available on the CDFA virulent Newcastle disease web page.

October 22, 2019

Virulent Newcastle Disease Update: Transition to Freedom of Disease Phase

The CDFA/USDA VND response team has started the “Freedom of Disease” phase in which we continue surveillance and testing of birds to detect and quickly eradicate any small pockets of infection (if present). There have been no new positive detections of VND since early September, but the Regional Quarantine is still in place at this time.

A sufficient number of negative VND tests from the community will help meet international standards to demonstrate freedom from VND and allow the regional quarantine to be lifted. This phase will take place over the next few months, bearing in mind that if any positives are found, it would potentially create a setback to this process. We are sincerely grateful for the continued cooperation and support from the community.

October 11, 2019

Saddle Ridge Fire Animal Evacuations (vND)

Saving human and animal life in the face of natural disasters like fires is always a priority. In the event of an emergency, mandatory evacuation orders have priority over VND quarantine requirements prohibiting bird movement. Ideally, any evacuations that include poultry within the CDFA VND Regional Quarantine Area should be done in a way that minimizes disease threat to other birds, in addition to the birds that are being moved.  If possible, poultry should be moved to a location that does not house any other poultry, and is within the regional quarantine area.  If that is not possible, steps should be taken to minimize risk by:

1.) Isolating the evacuated poultry from the resident poultry (or other groups of poultry)

2.) Keeping all poultry confined (no free roaming poultry, and minimize exposure to wild birds, rodents, and other pets)

3.) Practice biosecurity when caring for and handling the birds (dedicated clothing and footwear, wash hands after handling, and dedicated equipment for each set of group of poultry). For more biosecurity tips visit https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/BioSpecies/BioPoultry.html

This separation is important for protecting them from all poultry diseases, not only during the VND outbreak.

It will be critical to monitor their health carefully for 30 days and report illness or death loss to a veterinarian, the CDFA Sick Bird phone line 1-866-922-BIRD (2473), or contact the CAHFS San Bernardino Diagnostic Laboratory (if in Southern California) Phone: (909) 383-4287.  

Thank you very much for your attention in this matter.

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The regional quarantine is still in effect (see map here). For a list of virulent Newcastle disease cases since the outbreak began in May 2018, visit the USDA VND website.

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Attention: The United States Postal Service (USPS) is not allowing shipments of live birds (all) or hatching/embryonated eggs into or out of zip codes 90000-93599 in California. For more information: https://postalpro.usps.com/node/6643

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting Location Addresses
*General meetings will be at one of the following locations unless otherwise indicated
Wentworth Education Center – 2707 Transworld Dr. Stockton, CA (Corner of Transworld and Giannechini)
Nelson Administration Building – 2922 Transworld Dr. Stockton, CA (Corner of Arch/Airport and Quantas)

  • Farm to Fork: Thursday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM at Judy’s house – contact her at 209-747-6796 for the address
  • Junior Board: Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 PM – Robert Cabral Agriculture Center at 2101 E Earhart Ave in Stockton
  • General Meeting – Tuesday, January 7 at 6 PM – Locke Auditorium – Nelson Administration Building
  • General Meeting – Tuesday, February 4 at 6 PM – Locke Auditorium – Nelson Administration Building
  • General Meeting – Tuesday, March 3 at 6 PM – Locke Auditorium – Nelson Administration Building
  • General Meeting – Tuesday, April 7 at 6 PM – Chartville Auditorium – Wentworth Education Center
  • General Meeting – Tuesday, May 5 at 6 PM – Locke Auditorium – Nelson Administration Building
  • General Meeting – Tuesday, June 2 at 6 PM – Burlwood Auditorium – Wentworth Education Center

Notes from August 6 General Meeting

Thank you to those who came to our first AgFest 2020 planning meeting on August 6.
Here are some key notes that came out of the meeting:

  • Dates were set for AgFest 2020 – June 13th – June 20th. Farm to Fork will take place on Saturday, June 13th. Contests begin with breeding shows on Sunday, June 14th and the Livestock Auction will conclude the week on Saturday, June 20th (the day before Father’s Day).
  • The first meeting for the Governance committee will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at 6 pm at the Roberts Union Farm Center 4925 Howard Rd. 
    -This meeting will cover proposed changes to current bylaws. Here are our current bylaws for review prior to the meeting.
    San Joaquin County Junior Show and Auction Council ByLaws
    -This meeting will also be for the nominating committee. Please come if you are interested in nominating someone for key positions. The President and Secretary positions are open, as well as some Committee Chairs that the new president will appoint. 
  • If you are interested in volunteering to chair a committee or fill an office, please review the proposed standing committee list and then complete an application and return it to agfestshow@gmail.com.

    Standing Committees
    Officer and Standing Committee Chair Application
  • There are many opportunities to volunteer outside of chairing a committee or filling an office. We encourage new voices and ideas. Please keep attending out general meeting or email agfestshow@gmail.com to find out how.

Our next meeting will be our MEMBERSHIP meeting and will be held on TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 10th, 2019 at 6 pm.  The Location is TBD. Please mark and adjust your calendar as this will be the 2nd week of September due to the holiday.