MCFB Working for You

Local

  • MCFB continues to participate in meetings of the Ukiah Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency and will work to reiterate the importance of keeping the groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) development process as efficient as possible.
  • With cannabis permitting moving forward, MCFB hosted a meeting with local cannabis cultivators to discuss the status of the county and state permitting to understand the pros and cons of the permitting process.
  • MCFB held various trainings and seminars on topics including: sexual harassment prevention, First Aid/CPR and the new Cal Savers state retirement program.
  • Hired a professional public relations company to assist in the education campaign for the Potter Valley Project and related power and water supply. We are seeking donations to help with the costs related to the campaign, so please contact the MCFB office or visit the Potter Valley licensing page on our website and click on the DONATE button.
  • In partnership with Mendocino Winegrowers, Inc., MCFB hosted our first 2019 Mendo-Mixer event at Brutocao Cellars in Hopland with guest speaker, Supervisor Ted Williams.
  • MCFB worked with Sonoma County Farm Bureau and California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) to host a Farm Bureau Road Show event in May. Staff and officers from CFBF attended the event to provide key updates on state and federal legislation and issues relevant to Farm Bureau members in the north coast area.

State

  • MCFB has continued to work with California Farm Bureau Federation to ensure that FARMER program funding was included in the state budget to assist those in agriculture with partial replacement costs for stationary diesel engines/equipment, some on road equipment, processing equipment and other categories. 
  • Comments were submitted regarding SB 356 on MCFB’s concerns related to the proposal to transition the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) district as the successor to the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) right of way from the county line north to Willits. The Senator and staff listened to the concerns regarding the lack of Mendocino County representation on the SMART board and SB 356 was amended to change the northern boundary for the SMART rail line acquisition to the northern Sonoma County line.
  • MCFB officers and members met with Senator McGuire and staff to discuss a variety of issues including the Potter Valley Project and the proposed Great Redwood Trail.
  • Participated in the California Farm Bureau Federation’s centennial celebration at the state capital for legislators, legislative staff and agencies. We had a booth to promote Mendocino County agriculture and handed out coast redwood seedlings that were graciously donated by Mendocino Redwood Company.
  • Met with North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board staff and submitted comments regarding concerns related to the draft action plan for the Russian River Pathogen TMDL.

Federal

  • Submitted comments in support of the NCO grant application to the USDA beginning farmer and rancher development program to assist in providing educational opportunities related to labor law and workforce management compliance to new and small farming operations.

“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