Just a year ago I was writing about how I had hoped 2021 would be different than 2020. I was hopeful for a year of recovery and growth. But as this year comes to a close, I think 2021 was just as much of a struggle as 2020. It’s important to acknowledge that we figured out how to best manage Covid protocols and the vaccine became largely accessible this year. We also made it through fire season with no massive disasters. These accomplishments definitely deserve celebration.
What we didn’t expect to see this year was extreme drought, incredibly high fuel costs, and supply chain issues. When I reflect on the trials and tribulations we have faced this year it’s easy to get caught up in the dreaded details. But I think it’s important to remind myself and the incredible supporters of Sonoma County Farm Bureau that the agriculture community in Sonoma County can weather any storm (and quite frankly welcomes the heavy downpour of rain we have been experiencing lately). I know one thing for sure, in 2022 the Sonoma County Farm Bureau will continue to advocate for farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners every single day. This organization cares about its community and will always work towards our best interests.
I see the Sonoma County Farm Bureau continuing to navigate the drought and voice the concerns of our community with our county’s biggest leaders in agriculture. I hope that dams and reservoirs continue to fill, creeks keep flowing, and the grass stays green longer.
I am so excited to begin 2022 at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. I have the honor of representing California Young Farmers & Ranchers as their award recipient of the California Farm Bureau YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson presenting the award to me at the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in front of my peers is a memory I will cherish forever. I am so grateful to be a part of this community and represent you all on a national level next month at the convention.
Here’s to another great year in Sonoma County!