Get involved with agricultural issues at the local level. Sonoma County Farm Bureau has a variety of committees open to our members. For more information about joining a committee please contact the
Animal Resource Management
The Animal Resource Management Committee (ARM) is responsible for addressing federal Clean Water Act related topics for animal producers. Farm Bureau collects and evaluates water quality sample data from various North Bay watersheds. Our environmental consultant works with producers in complying with water quality regulations. A committee of Farm Bureau member producers and regulatory agencies including Region I & II Water Boards, CDFG, U.S. EPA, area RCD’s, NRCS, S.C. Dept of Health and UCCE meet to address and improve water quality.
Natural Resources & Environment
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NRE) studies federal, state and local issues and regulations related to the environment. This includes land use policies, natural resources, endangered species, fire codes, land protection, rural urban conflicts, etc. The committee works with governmental agencies providing education and science to address these issues.
The Labor & Safety Committee (LSC) addresses topics for the farm labor force and employers. The committee coordinates a series of safety courses and workshops addressing regulation, current issues and business practices for the agriculture community. Topics include labor laws, human resources, pesticide application, CPR & first aid, tractor and other vehicle operations, farm manager training, electrical safety, etc. Courses are conducted in both Spanish and English.
The Membership Committee (MC) meets monthly to discuss and propose marketing and outreach programs designed to share with current and prospective members the reasons for belonging to and supporting the organization. The committee participates in member recruitment and renewal activities, while also advising staff and leadership of opportunities for membership growth.
The Agriculture Education Committee (AEC) meets monthly to review and coordinate programming designed to bridge the information gap with consumers about the realities of growing crops and raising livestock in order to provide the food and fiber needed now and into the future. The committee is also active in planning and implementing the annual 2-day
Ag Days event in the spring.
The Water Committee (WC) addresses topics specifically related to water rights and regulations impacting the availability and use of water on agricultural lands. The committee meets bi-monthly and provides an opportunity for a cross section of agriculture representatives to receive updates and interact directly with executives and staff of local, state and federal agencies with interest and/or responsibility in water-related topics.
Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee
The Sonoma~Marin Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee (YFR) is a group of younger agriculturalists ranging in age from eighteen to thirty-five that benefit from development opportunities designed to prepare them for positions of leadership in the community. The group includes those actively producing as farmers and ranchers and individuals working in careers that support agriculture. The committee meets monthly to discuss topics relevant to beginning careers in agriculture through networking with peers. The committee is active in participating at Farm Bureau and other community events, plans educational tours and sponsors a successful annual sporting clay shoot.
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