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Working with Farm Bureau Organizations at All Levels

Participated in fire response planning with Lake County Farm Bureau, Mendocino County Farm Bureau and Napa County Farm Bureau Hosted American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall at our Premium Member Lunch and CFBF 1st Vice President Jamie Johansson Hosted the Northern Counties manager’s conference including guests CFBF President Paul Wenger, Jamie Johansson, CFBF 2nd Vice President Tony Toso and American Farm Bureau Federation’s Director of Media Advocacy Johnna Miller Attended the California Farm Bureau caucus group Attended the Marin County Farm Bureau VIP Luncheon MORE

Furthering Agriculture through Social Events

Hosted a golf tournament to benefit agriculture education Put on a sold out crab feed with more than 1,500 people attending to support local agriculture Honored the Walker Family as Farm Family of the Year at Love of the Land Awarded the Luther Burbank Conservation Award to Jackson Family Wines as a leader in sustainability Inducted Earl and Dot Holtz into the Farm Bureau Hall of Fame MORE

Supporting Fire Relief Efforts in Sonoma County

Attended cooperator briefings with emergency personnel and elected officials Hosted an agricultural relief town hall meeting to provide information to rural landowners affected by the recent wildfires Hosted Secretary of California Department of Agriculture Karen Ross at the town hall meeting and toured Sonoma County ag operations with her before the meeting Took point on livestock feed and supply donations and became the official organization in Sonoma County to coordinate livestock relief efforts Partnered with the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation to establish a housing Continue reading → MORE

Bee-Well Farms: In The Face of Destruction, Austin and Melissa Lely Are Resilient Young Farmers with a Positive Outlook on the Future of Agriculture

Austin and Melissa Lely met at Chico State in 2010. They graduated as recreation majors and neither had a farming background. After graduating, the married couple moved to Glen Ellen, near where Austin grew up. Austin, 28, and Melissa, 27, fell in love with food and said their shared interest just spiraled. At the same time, the couple was seeing issues with the local food system, and saw a trend towards consumers seeking healthy food. Five years ago, they moved to a house in Glen Continue reading → MORE

People, Poultry and Planet: Petaluma Poultry Is a Leader in the Poultry Industry

Founded in 1969 by Allan Shainsky, Petaluma Poultry has been a local company for more than 40 years. They returned to their “old fashioned flavor” in 1986 when they began feeding a vegetarian diet, committed to never using antibiotics and introduced Rocky the Free Range Chicken. MORE

The Future is a Return to Farm Bureau’s Mission

In Sonoma County, our rich agriculture heritage is continually under attack from community members and elected officials who do not understand farming. There has never been more of a need for strong advocacy, education and communication on behalf of farmers. Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s board understands this and is making changes at Farm Bureau to provide leadership in defending and promoting local agriculture. MORE

Let’s Keep the Party Going

Many of us joined together on the last Saturday in February to pay tribute to an amazing man, Rich Kunde. But all of us at the Celebration of Life knew that you couldn’t speak Rich’s name without referencing Saralee. MORE

Tristan Benson Joins Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors

Tristan Benson has joined the Board of Directors for Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Benson, 34, joins the board as the chair of the Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R), a committee of Sonoma County Farm Bureau for active agriculturists between the ages of 18 and 35 who are involved in production, banking, business, and many other areas of the agriculture industry. MORE

Samantha Piehoff Joins Sonoma County Farm Bureau Staff as Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Samantha Piehoff, a fourth generation Sonoma County resident, has joined the Sonoma County Farm Bureau team as Executive Assistant & Office Manager. MORE

California County Agricultural and Weights and Measures Descend on Sonoma County for Annual Conference

The California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals (CASAP) is an organization of California state licensed agricultural and weights and measures professionals committed to education, communication, and professionalism among its members. MORE

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