Wow! What another fantastic Crab Feed! Thank you to all who were able to attend the 31st Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest! It is a real privilege to visit with everyone and witness the tremendous support for agriculture every year. Once again, our community stepped up to contribute to our scholarships, agriculture education and Farm Bureau. Thank you to all our local, state and nationally elected officials who attended as well. Thank you to the 4-Hers, FFA students and volunteers who helped create this annual fundraiser. Last but not least, a huge thank you to Tawny Tesconi and our amazing staff members Samantha Piehoff, Brytann Busick, Anita Hawkins, Rebecca Pate, Denise Facendini, and Debra & Bill Allender, who worked tirelessly to assemble an event that truly invokes the spirit of Sonoma County.
Changing gears. As many of you probably already know, we’ve started a new “Compliance Division” here at Farm Bureau. Among the multitude of regulations that we face, Farm Bureau has been working with various state agencies to facilitate some of these regulations at a lower cost to our members. In the Region 2 Watershed of California, we are helping to register properties to comply with the Water Discharge Requirements, adopted by the Regional Water Board, for vineyard owners. We are also taking over registration of properties dealing with the Frost Water Regulation and helping members register their stationary diesel engines, which is required by the Bay Area Air Quality District and replacement of those engines, if needed, as well. None of us like these regulations, but we hope to be a “one-stop shop” to help our members with some of them. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding these requirements.
As times change in agriculture we are constantly adapting. We are in no way working in an enforcement capacity, but rather helping our members to navigate the always confusing (and common sense lacking) regulatory waters in California.
I truly enjoyed seeing everyone at the Crab Feed and cannot thank you enough for your support this year, past years and into the future.