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Ask many aging farmers when they plan to retire and their response likely will be a blank stare, or a mumbled, vague “maybe in five years.” The truth is that many farmers have no intention of — or plans for — retiring.

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When MagdaElena and Miguel (Mike) Martin looked across the field they own next to their agricultural services company in Wasco, they didn’t see just barren dirt. They saw a retirement nest egg.

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Pulling up to the headquarters of Crop Management Company Inc., a Delano-area diversified farming operation, feels like coming home. The focus of the complex is a tidy farmhouse, surrounded by citrus trees as far as the eye can see.

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Christina Santillan may be just beginning her career in education, but she is already excited about helping her sixth-grade students learn about local career opportunities, the value of a job and even the importance of managing personal finances.

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Kern County farmers and agricultural businesses have a unique tax incentive opportunity under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The 2017 tax reform law includes the Qualified Opportunity Zone program, which offers capital gain tax deferrals for qualifying investments in designated low-income commun…

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Kern County’s nutrient-rich soils make it a prime region for producing the many crops that contribute to the valley’s role in supplying food for the nation. Technology advancements in the agriculture business are rapidly rising and making farmer’s more efficient in their daily duties and ope…

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The people who stare at their laptops or phones during my workshops or presentations undoubtedly think they can effectively listen to me and use technology at the same time. After all, they’ve probably been told that multitasking is not only possible — it’s necessary.

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A cyberattack in April on a shared data network forced four U.S. natural-gas pipeline operators to temporarily shut down computer communications with customers. It was one of the latest displays of the vulnerability of America’s power grid and energy industry to criminal hackers and rogue states.

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June 14 — Labor Law and HR Forum; check-in/networking, 7:30 a.m.; program, 8-10 a.m.; $25 members; $50 nonmembers; Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, 1725 Eye St. Presenting sponsor: Young Wooldridge LLP; co-sponsor: LeBeau-Thelen LLP.

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The business process outsourcing service model refers to strategic relationships in which organizations rely on third-party vendors to execute certain nonprimary business functions. Common services delivered via a BPO model include, but are not limited to, records and information management,…

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When we read about “economy airlines” not focused on safety — experiencing repeated engine failures — we can only wonder what kind of safety culture each has within their organizations. Airline expert Jim Brauchle recently characterized one such airline as “an accident waiting to happen!”

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Creative associate Duncan Hanon joined Saba Agency in May, bringing over 27 years of experience in the print industry to the team. From graphic design to managing and overseeing all stages of job production workflow, Hanon has worked with clients, designing and managing projects for every ty…

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Over a three-week period this spring, two iconic American companies found themselves embroiled in significant public relations crises. These are the kind of crises that quickly grow legs, all while providing teachable moments for the rest of us.

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“Internet of things” devices have completely taken over every corner of life. Almost everything is controlled by an outside internet source, changing the way we do things forever.

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Since 1974, the California Energy Commission has led the world with its building-efficiency standards, also known as Title 24, Part 6. The requirements, mandates and executive orders laid out in Title 24 influence energy policy worldwide by driving manufacturers of HVAC and lighting equipmen…

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As a small-business owner in Kern County, I understand firsthand the battle for attracting and retaining local talent. The pool of potential (quality) employees seems to be dwindling with each passing year.

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With years of experience and a commitment to providing improved IT service to Bakersfield businesses, Josh and Stephanie Lowrey launched TRIS Technology Solutions (www.trisbak.com) as a home-based business in 2014.

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Since 2012, the Kern Business Journal has documented the happenings in the various industries throughout the county, spanning energy, agriculture, health care, real estate and more. But what makes the publication truly special is where the information comes from.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, was hailed by many as the most sweeping tax legislation in the United States since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. While the TCJA certainly did yield many changes to the U.S. tax system, it did not include several tax provisi…

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When the sprawling Indian Wells Valley Water District in eastern Kern County needed to control customer water rates and its energy costs, it looked to the sun and partnered with ENGIE Services U.S.