MCFB Working for You

Local

  • MCFB held a tractor safety and harvest safety training in partnership with Nationwide Insurance, Garton Tractor and Chevalier Vineyard Management.
  • As part of the public education campaign related to the licensing process for the Potter Valley Project, MCFB hosted a public update meeting in July, started a postcard campaign to elected officials, paid to have a video recording of the August Eel Russian River Commission meeting and are working on organizing a series of fundraiser events to help with the water education fund.
  • Provided written comments on the City of Ukiah’s 2019-2027 housing element update and also attended the special city council meeting in August to submit oral comment related to the city’s sphere of influence and other planning proposals. 
  • In partnership with Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc., MCFB hosted our second 2019 Mendo-Mixer event at Testa Vineyards with guest speakers from PG&E’s agriculture and food processing division to discuss preparation for PSPS events. MCFB also worked with various county departments to streamline the permit application for the installation and use of large diesel generators.
  • The draft EIR for the integrated wildlife damage management program/Wildlife Services was a 900+ page document. MCFB and the Mendocino Cattlemen’s Association submitted joint comments expressing our support of maintaining the current management program and related cooperative service agreement with the APHIS CA-Wildlife Services office.
  • MCFB worked with California Farm Bureau Federation to host a luncheon and discussion related to how Farm Bureau works to support small farms and ways of improving our advocacy efforts.
  • Submitted comments to the Board of Supervisors on the development of industrial hemp cultivation policy and registration process. MCFB is planning to participate in the hemp working group once established.

State

  • MCFB officers and members met with Assemblymember Jim Wood and staff to discuss a variety of issues important to farmers and ranchers in Mendocino County.
  • Submitted written and oral comments to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding concerns related to the draft action plan for the Russian River Pathogen TMDL.
  • Continuing to work with the Wine Institute and the State Water Resources Control Board on the draft general waste discharge requirement (WDR) policy related to winery process water. 

Federal

  • Submitted comments with CFBF on the Sequoia and Sierra National Forest Land Management Plan Revisions and draft EIR to encourage the continuation of the multiple use mandate for U.S. Forest Service properties.
  • MCFB submitted comments in support of the application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the partners (Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission, Sonoma Water, Cal Trout and Humboldt County) to move forward with the licensing process for the Potter Valley Project.
  • MCFB worked with the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), Mendocino Winegrowers Inc (MWI) , the Lake County Farm Bureau and the Lake County Winegrape Commission over the past year to encourage the inclusion of smoke damage from the 2018 wildfires into the USDA Farm Services Agency assistance program.  These efforts were successful and the WHIP+ program announced in September does include assistance to offset losses related to smoke damage from the 2018 fires.

“I saved 25% on a battery I purchased using the Farm Bureau discount. With all the parts needed to maintain my equipment, my membership will be paid for in no time!”Ana CoxMember since 1981

“Living in a state where the political power is concentrated in a few big cities, we need political clout, there is no stronger more supportive ally than Farm Bureau. Whether the issue is local, statewide or national, no one represents rural interests like Farm Bureau.”Mike AndersonPast President and member since 1992

“Devon and her team help me stay informed. It is important to have timely influence over the numerous regulatory issues that impact agriculture. The influence our organization has is invaluable; well worth the price of an agricultural membership. I also value the friendships and good times, of course.”Estelle CliftonMember since 2001

“Being a Farm Bureau member is important for many reasons, but to me the most important reason for being a member is that the people who often times are making decisions about what happens on my farm, elected officials, have no basis for those decisions other than preconceived ideas or what they are being told by individuals who don’t have my best interest in mind. Farm Bureau provides a strong, focused voice on my behalf to educate and influence these elected leaders so that I can continue to operate my business and support my family.”Frost PauliPresident and member since 2006

“If I were running a business that grossed $10,000,000 per year, I would probably have my own attorney on staff or maybe more than one. However, much to my dismay, I do not gross even a fraction of that. So why is this relevant your ask? Our team of state and federal law makers has nothing better to do than make new and exciting laws for us to try and follow. Then let’s add ballot measures that seek to force us to cut dead trees down. Many of these laws and measures are thousands of pages of drivel and technical jargon. I run a one man freak show (some would call it a business) and it’s all I can do to get the work done that needs doing on a day to day basis. So when there is measure X on the ballot that is a 1400 page measure that might affect my business, how do I make an informed decision? I look to Farm Bureau. CFBF has a legal department whose job is to look out for the well being of agriculture. They read all 1400 pages of drivel and boil it down to something I can understand with a minimal amount of research.”Peter BauerMember since 2003