Article and Photo by Rachel LaFranchi, Farm News Production Editor
Published December 1, 2015
|State Assemblymember Bill Dodd talks to the group of Premium Members gathered at the mixer about agriculture.|
On Friday November 6, Premium Members of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau gathered at Balletto Vineyards for an evening of fine wine and conversations surrounding Sonoma County agriculture.
The intimate crowd had the opportunity to meet executive director Kim Vail. New to Sonoma County, Vail had the chance to meet the county’s most influential agricultural producers at the mixer.
“I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with and get to know the Premium Members who were able to attend. These members continue to show tremendous support for Farm Bureau,” said Vail. “We were glad to be able to share this time together and discuss issues important to agriculture in Sonoma County with Assemblymember Bill Dodd.”
Throughout the evening each member had the opportunity to speak directly with State Assemblymember Bill Dodd. Assemblymember Dodd was also the guest speaker for the evening and addressed current issues facing the agriculture industry and his commitment to agriculture.
“It was a pleasure to meet with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau to discuss critical issues facing agriculture,” said Assemblymember Dodd. “I appreciate the proactive and collaborative work of the Farm Bureau’s members to protect agriculture, open space, and our local economy.”
The Sonoma County Farm Bureau continues to be impressed by the amount of support received from members. Premium Membership was created to help connect large growers across the county and allow them the unique opportunity to not only support Farm Bureau at a greater level but to also help facilitate conversations between members and influential political figures, like Bill Dodd, who ultimately pass the laws that impact their businesses and way of life.
“Member events afford an opportunity to connect directly with key industry stakeholders to better understand their unique business needs and operational challenges,” said Sonoma Clean Power account executive Nathan Kinsey who attended the event. “Sonoma County agriculture is an important driver of our local economy and our Premium Membership with the Farm Bureau keeps Sonoma Clean Power informed on the industry issues and connected with our customers.”
In one year’s time the Premium Membership has grown from a single Premium Member to a rapidly growing group of twenty-two. Membership is the life blood of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. It is because of the support of all members that Farm Bureau is able to continue to serve as the voice of agriculture in Sonoma County. Farm Bureau is grateful for Premium Members that help educate local and state influencers on the importance of farming in Sonoma County at events such as this mixer.
“Sonoma Clean Power is proud to support the Sonoma County Farm Bureau as a Premium Member and our agency deeply values the relationship between the Farm Bureau and our local agricultural community,” said Kinsey.