Monterey County Farm Bureau

CFBF Annual Meeting

California Farm Bureau held their 103rd Annual Meeting in Anaheim on December 5-8, 2021.  CA Young Farmers & Ranchers held their Annual Conference at the same location on December 4-5, 2021, the first time these two events have been held together.


FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT JOHANSSON ADVOCATES PROTECTING VITAL AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY

California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson opened the organization’s 103rd Annual Meeting on December 6th with a call for climate-smart agriculture that is supported by policies that don’t compromise farmers’ ability to bring crops to market.

“We need to be allowed to be efficient,” Johansson told Farm Bureau members, who are gathering in Orange County for their Dec. 5-8 meeting. “As we deal with climate change impacts and legislation coming down the pike, make no mistake. It is not a climate solution if you make farmers less efficient. It simply won’t happen.”

California farmers and ranchers are currently facing a historic drought that has resulted in severe cuts in water supplies for thousands of farms. In addition, California agriculture has been impacted by the pandemic, supply chain disruptions and wildfires.

Johansson urged protecting America’s largest and most vital agricultural economy in the face of such challenges. He called for California to protect reliable water supplies for farming by building major water storage facilities overwhelmingly approved by California voters who passed California’s Proposition 1 ballot initiative in 2014.

“First and foremost, we need predictability,” Johansson said. “This past year has been anything but predictable.”

Johansson said California agriculture is built on foundations from the generations that preceded today’s farmers and ranchers, even as agricultural production has evolved considerably over the years as it adjusts to an ever-changing marketplace, new regulations and climate and water challenges.

He called for thoughtful review of policies impacting agriculture and for Farm Bureau members in California and nationally to make their voices heard.

“There’s going to be change, but it has to be directed by the experts,” Johansson said. “That is us, in agriculture. That’s the voice of Farm Bureau, and American Farm Bureau. We need to direct our paths and stand up, because the whole country is taking notice now.”


MONTEREY COUNTY FARM BUREAU SIXTH CONSECUTIVE COUNTY OF THE YEAR AWARD

Excellence in leadership, member services, policy implementation, agricultural promotion and public relations earned honors for county Farm Bureaus during the 103rd California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. The awards were presented tonight during a recognition dinner.

Monterey County Farm Bureau earned the County of the Year Award for tis membership category. Our County Farm Bureau increased communications with members through weekly e-newsletters and alerts on important issues and member benefits. It also partnered with elected officials on COVID-19 safety measures, vaccinations and relief packages for farmers, encouraged Gov. Newsom to veto Assembly Bill 616, which would have eliminated farm employees’ rights to secret ballots, and continues to actively support the next generation of farmers and ranchers thorugh our Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. It also led the development of a new display at the Monterey Regional Airport that focuses on agriculture.