Has it really been two years already?! We have had so much happen in Sonoma County that time has flown by. As I reflect on my time serving as the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Board President, I am very proud of all the work we have and continue to accomplish at Farm Bureau. Strengthening and preserving agriculture in Sonoma County has always been and continues to be our number one priority. This year we made a concerted effort to help defeat Prop 15 and in that, we were very successful. I believe our presence in the community has never been higher and we continue to engage with our elected officials and other government agencies to share agriculture’s story and all of the great ways it preserves food, fiber, and the environment. We will always be the number one voice for farmers and ranchers.
All of our hard work and accomplishments are never done alone. First, I would like to thank the Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, and for helping to lead agriculture into the future. It is truly an honor to have the trust and support of fellow farmers and ranchers from around the county. I would like to thank our diverse members for their committed involvement with our organization and for being outstanding stewards of the land and supporters of our local community. I would like to thank Tawny Tesconi for her support and advice these last two years. She does a tremendous job and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her. Thank you to our amazing staff, Samantha Piehoff and Brytann Busick for your support as well. Thank you to all our volunteers and everyone who has helped at our events, none of these could have happened without you. I would especially love to thank the Dutton Family for their support and for giving me the opportunity to lead this organization. Thank you to my wonderful family, my beautiful wife Kaley, and our three amazing kids, Stella, Ryder, and Avery. I cannot tell how much I have appreciated your love and support these last two years.
I will enjoy continuing to serve on the board of directors, but I am excited to turn the reigns over to Jennifer Beretta. She will do an amazing job and will handle any curveballs that mother nature may throw at her. I know we still have a lot of work to do fighting for agriculture, property rights, and lower taxes because as we have seen this election, Sonoma County has never met a tax that it does not like.