MCFB Working For You
Your dues at work!
MCFB continues to participate in meetings of the Ukiah Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). A consultant has been hired to begin the process of developing a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) and over the next year, it will be important for MCFB to work with the agricultural director on the GSA and the agricultural community in the basin to ensure that the GSP is kept simple, is accurate and does not impact agriculture.
With cannabis permitting moving forward at both the local and state level, MCFB continues to participate in a number of meetings to reiterate concerns regarding regulation equality and land use planning.
On August 31st, Mendocino County released the Notice of Preparation and Initial Study for the Integrated Wildlife Damage Management Program (also known as Wildlife Services) Environmental Impact Report (EIR). MCFB submitted thorough comments on these documents and will continue to engage in the process as additional documents are released.
MCFB, as part of the Mendocino County Agriculture and Business Coalition, hosted interviews for the candidates for Ukiah City Council. Willits City Council candidates were also invited, but no responses were received.
MCFB staff continue to work with the Mendocino Air Quality Management District as well as California Farm Bureau Federation on the FARMER funds from the California Air Resources Board to assist with diesel agricultural equipment replacement costs.
The MCFB Water Committee met with Matt St. John, the Executive Officer for the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in August to discuss various water quality programs related to agriculture and provide input on various concerns.
As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process for the Potter Valley Project continues and PG&E begins the auction process for the Project, MCFB has provided updated information on the process to our membership and is staying involved in the various conversations that are occurring regarding the Project.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.