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2021 California Mid-State and Santa Barbara County Fairs

Farm Supply Returned to 2021 California Mid-State and Santa Barbara County Fairs in Support and Celebration of Youth in Agriculture!

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Farm Supply was thrilled to celebrate the Central Coast’s youth agriculture communities with Quiz Jam Daily at this year’s modified California Mid-State Fair, held July 21-August 1, 2021.

Quiz Jam has been a beloved staple at this annual event, running at the Mid-State Fair for 22 years and at the Santa Barbara County Fair for six years. This year’s event brought together more than 200 4-H and FFA members, parents, and leaders to compete in a series of agricultural-themed challenges. The goal of these small events was to tests the kids’ knowledge and skills, while also getting their hands dirty with real-life experiences.

“My favorite thing about the California Mid-State Fair is the sense of community between the livestock kids and the local agriculture industry,” said Bella Marden, who just finished up her 10th and final year showing at the Fair as a member of the Future Farmers of America. “It was awesome to have Quiz Jam back and open kids’ eyes to all the things you do throughout your agriculture career.”

Attendees participated in a daily Quiz Jam event, with each day bringing unique prizes and challenges. Events included trivia with Farmer Jake, roping “steers,” pin the tail on the heifer, a tire and oil changing station with J.B Dewar Tractor Restoration Program, educational trivia about the 2019 SLO County Crop report, and more. These daily activities were possible due to partnerships with Nutrena, JB Dewar, Poor Richard’s Press, and Sunglo.

For the second year in a row, Farm Supply contributed to the James W. Brabeck Youth Legacy Fund Buyer’s Coalition to support Mid-State fair livestock exhibitors at the auction. Farm Supply also supported the Mid-State Fair’s Cattlemen’s and Farmer’s Day, which is one of the most beloved events at the fair.

Additionally, Farm Supply sponsored the Livestock Virtual Show and Auction at the 2021 Santa Barbara County Fair and supported more than 50 livestock exhibitors selling at the auction in partnership with Nutrena.

“I just celebrated over 30 years at this amazing agricultural cooperative,” said Susan Hayes, Paso Robles store manager. “One of my favorite things about Farm Supply is our support and involvement in the community, particularly the agricultural community.”

Farm Supply looks forward to returning to the fairs in 2022 in support of youth agriculture with all-new and exciting events. Farm Supply is passionate about investing in the future of agriculture and was proud to go above and beyond in showing support and providing lighthearted fun after a, particularly challenging year.

“Farm Supply is so important to the SLO agricultural community,” said Marden. “They give kids great connections and show a true sense of community. They really care.”

Farm Supply Co-Op Dividends

Farm Supply Gives Back Over $350,000 to Local Ag Community

in Gratitude for Loyal Patronage

In celebration of its dedicated customers and strong sales despite the challenges of 2020, Farm Supply Company has distributed over $350,000 in patronage dividends to its loyal members.

As an agricultural cooperative, the profits of Farm Supply are returned to its members through annual patronage dividends. Member return rate for 2020 was 5.81% — the highest in Farm Supply’s history. Farm Supply’s almost 2,500 members are all agricultural producers, most of whom live and operate right here on the Central Coast. Members include ranchers, farmers, and vintners.

In a typical year, Farm Supply pays out 30% of the patronage dividend and the remaining balance is paid out as a revolving fund in future years. For the 2020 dividend, the Farm Supply Board of Directors approved a 40% cash payout in acknowledgment of the challenges faced by our local agricultural community through the ongoing pandemic. The cash portion of the 2020 dividend is $174,000. Combined with Farm Supply’s revolving fund of $184,000, that’s more than $350,000 directly invested into the company’s members and the Central Coast’s agricultural community.

“We do not take for granted how lucky we are to be considered an essential business,” said Cara M. Crye, President, and CEO of Farm Supply. “We open our doors every day, ready to provide exceptional customer service and quality products to our members and customers. We knew we had to do something special for our members, who made our success amid a global pandemic possible. It’s our way of saying thank you, we’re thinking of you and we’re hoping for brighter days ahead.”

Farm Supply supports its members and local communities throughout the year with educational clinics and special events like the Great Pumpkin Contest. Farm Supply is also involved in programs that promote youth in agriculture and agricultural education including 4-H and FFA, as well as agriculture departments and events for local primary through collegiate schools.

2021 Chick Lists!

The chicks are back at Farm Supply!

Visit a FSC store nearest you for more information about raising backyard chickens.

Chicks are sold on a first come, first served basis. No holds! Breeds and dates subject to hatchery availability and delivery schedules. No guarantee on sexed chicks. We do not accept returns on poultry.

Below you will find a list of breeds arriving weekly at each FSC location.
For any questions, please contact Farm Supply and ask to speak with one of our poultry experts.

FSC Clinic Handouts

September 19, 2020
House Plant Clinic
Presented by: David Rodriguez of Farm Supply

FSC Chick List – May 22

Baby chicks arriving this week at Farm Supply. First come, first serve basis.
For any questions, please contact your nearest FSC location.

Chick List May 1

First Come, First Serve Basis. Any questions, contact your nearest FSC location.

Chick List!

April 24, 2020

First come, first serve basis! Subject to hatchery availability.

Thank You, QJ Sponsors

Quiz Jam 2019 was made possible by our generous sponsors! Thank you, sponsors, for supporting our local youth in agriculture.

2019 Quiz Jam Entry Forms

Santa Barbara Entry Forms:

Santa Barbara County PEEWEE Entry Form:

Santa Barbara County Entry Form :

SBC Entry Forms due by Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 5pm

Mid State Entry Forms:

Mid State PEEWEE Entry Form:

Mid State Entry Form:

MS Entry Forms due by Friday, July 5, 2019 at 5pm

Apply for FSC Scholarship!

Farm Supply’s Jeff Silva and Kyle Hubbard Memorial Scholarship will award four, $1000 scholarships to deserving students pursuing an education in agriculture.

The scholarships will be awarded based on the applicant’s participation in 4-H/FFA activities during their high school years, leadership and community involvement while in high school, present community activities, academic performance and any ongoing employment the applicant is involved in.

Application deadline: Must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2019

Questions? Please contact Cara Crye or Jennifer Matthews at (805) 543-3751 or jmatthews@farmsupplycompany.com.

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