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AgFest 2021 is on track!

Many of you have heard rumors that the Fairgrounds will not be available and that there may be no AgFest 2021. Please be assured that no matter what transpires relative to the fairgrounds, there will be an AgFest. As of now, we have every reason to believe that the commitment the state made to us relative to usage of the fairgrounds in 2021 is still in place. However, in the event that we are unable to hold the event there, the AgFest board remains committed to holding a show and have backup options being developed.

The AgFest organization was formed out of the determination of our community members that San Joaquin County youth would continue to have access to a livestock show regardless of what happened to the state-run county fair. That determination is unchanged…we will overcome our current challenges…whether it be a pandemic or loss of facilities and we will hold an AgFest 2021. Stay tuned…we will share information as our plans develop and as always, thank-you so much for your support.

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2020-2021 Membership

The 2020-2021 Membership Form and Officer and Standing Committee Chair Application will be available online this year. To become a voting member for 2020-2021, please complete the online form and then send in your dues by mail or Venmo.

2020-2021 Membership Form

To Pay by Mail: 
Make the check payable to SJJSAC and mail to P.O. Box 30695 Stockton, CA 95213 

To Pay via Venmo: 
Search @agfest or 2096071157 and then choose Chris Schallberger/@AgFest. In the memo, put “MEMBERSHIP” and your name.

If you are interested in becoming a chairperson for a standing committee, you can view the details of the roles for each standing committee in our ByLaws and then complete the application for standing committee chair online.

2020-2021 Officer and Standing Committee Chair Application

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2021 Replacement Heifer Application

The 2021 Replacement Heifer Application is now available. The application must be postmarked by March 15th, 2021 and must include the following:

-Completed application
CLEAR photos (both sides)
-Dam test sheet
-Veterinarians verification of pregnancy
-Bill of Sale
-Completed and SIGNED Inspection Questionnaire.

Completed application and required documentation may be submitted to:
2020 San Joaquin Ag Fest (Fair)
1521 Pioneer Street
Escalon, CA 95320.

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Newcastle Disease Updates

Here is the latest update on the Newcastle Disease outbreak in California. Great news…the quarantine in Southern California has been lifted!

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CALIFORNIA FREE OF VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE

Southern California Regional Quarantine Lifted

SACRAMENTO, June 1, 2020 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced an end to the Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) quarantine in Southern California. Extensive testing of the regulated area has been completed, with no additional detections of the disease. This allows poultry to again move freely within California.    

“We have eagerly anticipated this day and are extremely proud of the tireless work of the Virulent Newcastle Disease Task Force,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.   “While we extend gratitude to the hundreds of dedicated and skilled USDA, CDFA and California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System employees who worked for over two years to achieve this goal, often in adverse conditions,  we also want to thank the thousands of poultry owners in Southern California who made the sacrifices and investments needed to eradicate this virus from California.”

VND was first detected in May of 2018 in Los Angeles County. By December 2018 the virus had spread extensively in backyard poultry in the LA Basin and also infected commercial flocks.  After prolonged disease control efforts, the last confirmed positive case was detected in February, 2020. Testing has continued throughout the area since that time to gain assurance that the disease was eradicated.  

To continue to protect California flocks, poultry entering California must either have a certificate of veterinary inspection demonstrating good health or a National Poultry Improvement Program certificate. CDFA retains the authority to monitor and test poultry so that any future infections can be stopped quickly, minimizing potential harm. Additionally, CDFA and USDA, in partnership with many bird enthusiasts in Southern California, are committed to on-going monitoring for disease and continual support for biosecurity training. 

All backyard poultry owners and commercial operations are encouraged to practice biosecurity measures to help prevent the introduction of disease when people enter or depart the premises, to routinely check birds for signs of illness, and to report any incidence of suspected VND or other bird diseases. More information is available at www.cdfa.ca.gov or through the California Avian Health Education Network (CAHEN) at (866) 922-2473.

California State Veterinarian Dr Annette Jones: “We hope to continue working with bird owning communities to prevent a reintroduction of widespread disease so that we never have to place an area-wide VND quarantine in Southern California again.” 

Background: Virulent Newcastle disease is a virus that affects birds with particularly lethal effects on poultry, affecting the digestive system, nervous system and respiratory system.  It is not normally found in the United States.  It spreads quickly between birds but is not considered a human health threat.  Its presence can be so detrimental to poultry health and the food supply that it triggers state, federal and international regulatory response.   While this virus has been introduced and eradicated from more than 15 U.S. states since 1950, the largest outbreaks occurred in California in 1971-1974 and 2002-2003 following a similar pattern but with wider spread than the recent 2018-2020 outbreak.  

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