Monterey County Farm Bureau

CFBF Annual Meeting

California Farm Bureau Federation held their 101st Annual Meeting in Monterey on December 8th - 10th.  Over 850 farmers and ranchers from all around California came together to reveiw policies, receive updates on issues along with educational opportunities, and network with each other.

Monterey County Farm Bureau Awarded County of the Year

County Farm Bureaus earned recognition for excellence in policy implementation, leadership, member services, agricultural education and public relations during the 101st California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Monterey. The awards were presented during a recognition dinner on December 9th.

Monterey County Farm Bureau earned the County of the Year Award within its membership classification. MCFB was recognized for implementing a diverse communication plan to keep members informed on local, state and national issues; offering workshops on employment law and workplace rules; partnering with a number of local agricultural groups and participating in numerous coalitions to address current issues including groundwater sustainability, homeless encampments, Salinas River Channel maintenance, immigration reform and labor supplies, and land use.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Monterey County Farm Bureau has been recognized as County Farm Bureau of the Year.

California Farm Bureau Re-elects Officers for Another Term

Delegates from county Farm Bureaus throughout California have re-elected the statewide California Farm Bureau Federation officer team of President Jamie Johansson, First Vice President Shannon Douglass and Second Vice President Shaun Crook. Each of the officers was re-elected unanimously to second two-year terms at the conclusion of the 101st CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey.

Johansson, the 16th CFBF president, grows olives and citrus fruit in Oroville and operates an olive oil company, Lodestar Farms.

“It is the honor of a lifetime” to serve as CFBF president, Johansson said following his re-election. He thanked the House of Delegates and other Farm Bureau members for “the faith, trust and expectation you put in the officer team and me personally as president.”

Douglass, of Orland, is an owner of Douglass Ranch, which raises beef cattle, sunflowers, pumpkins, corn and forage crops, and founder of CalAgJobs, an online listing of employment opportunities in California agriculture.

A licensed timber operator, Crook is a vice president of a family timber business in Groveland and a real estate agent specializing in ranch, commercial and residential properties.

Farm Bureau President Johansson Pledges Sustained Advocacy for Agriculture

In welcoming Farm Bureau members to the first meeting of the second century of the California Farm Bureau Federation, CFBF President Jamie Johansson said the organization would continue to advocate on behalf of science, improved state and federal policies, and unity in agriculture. Johansson spoke December 9th during the 101st CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey.

Noting the recent 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that led to the end of World War II, Johansson pointed to the crucial role farmers and ranchers had played in the immediate aftermath of the war.

“When it came time to rebuild the world, re-establish stability, agriculture was where they turned,” he said, adding that scientific and technological advancements had made that possible.

“We have succeeded because agriculture has defended the change science has brought, and adopted it and adapted to it, in the last 75 years,” he said. “The challenge before Farm Bureau now is defending the science on our farms.”

Johansson noted Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto this year of Senate Bill 1, which sought to preserve state environmental and labor standards from federal changes initiated by the Trump administration.

“We’re not going to freeze the science,” he said. “We’re going to move our science forward.”

Johansson expressed optimism about a planned House of Representatives vote on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would address short- and long-term shortages of agricultural employees, and urged the House to vote before the end of the year on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade. (note: this bill passed the House of Representatives on December 11, 2019).

He counseled farm groups to work together in assuring production of nutritious food products.

“It’s not about whether you eat an organic carrot or a conventional carrot. It’s about eating the carrot and not the Cheeto,” he said.

Johansson said Farm Bureau would maintain the active advocacy that drew farmers and ranchers to the organization.

“At the core of what makes a California Farm Bureau member is not an individual who accepts the current politics of our state and nation, but an individual who wants to change the politics and the direction of our state and our country,” he said.