I did not think that you could have a more impactful year in Sonoma County than 2019, but we have quickly discovered that is not true. The COVID-19 pandemic is something that we have never experienced before or likely ever will in our lifetime. People are attempting to adjust to these current norms, hour by hour, every day while new information floods in. I believe everyone is doing his or her best to limit the spread of this virus as much as possible. Where we end up in 2020 on the other side of this remains to be seen.
I am heartened by the agricultural community’s perseverance to continue to provide a healthy food supply to everyone during this crisis. Farm Bureau has been working with our elected officials to ensure that we can continue our operations in the safest manner possible. I want to thank our always tremendous staff members who are continuing to do what they can from their homes. I want to thank our supervisors for working with us and knowing that agriculture is an essential service that must continue. It shows why a local, abundant food supply should always be important to our society. Now is the time to support our local businesses where we can. Use the take-out option at your favorite restaurants if it is available.
Once again, Sonoma County’s’ resiliency will shine and we will come together to get through this challenging time. It has been said before, “Everyone is connected to Agriculture, because everyone eats.” I hope society will be reminded that farmers and ranchers are an essential piece to our civilization now and forever into the future.