|Statewide Farm Bureau Members listen to speakers during the General Session On Monday in Monterey|
Bureau President Paul Wenger welcomed more than a thousand members to the 95th
California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) Annual Meeting.
|CFBF President Paul Wenger|
Wenger acknowledged that some
could not be there as they were protecting their crops from the cold. He talked
about agriculture being about quick adjustment to change and resiliency.
Wenger spoke about crop
insurance, immigration reform, labor force, CFBF membership recruitment and
retention, medical coverage, and new CFBF managers. He also addressed Prop 3, which
caused past membership losses and risks potential ones as well, and CFBF’s positive
working relationships with both state parties.
Wenger said that we are the
only state among the 50, plus Puerto Rico, whose members rank advocacy and not
insurance as the top farm bureau service they receive.
As promised at last year’s
annual meeting, CFBF rolled out a new website
to deliver great content in just a few steps and to facilitate new and renewed
Wenger’s overall message was,
“We have the opportunity to change Sacramento; we need to step up. Make sure we
are relevant and have a presence in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. If we are
unwilling to fight when we are strong, when will we engage?”
|Claris Myers with President Wenger|
Recognitions Presented at
the Annual Meeting
The first county farm bureau
in the country to turn 100 was Humboldt in 2013.
Inaugural Lifetime Service
Award Recipient – Helen Roberti, Plumas-Sierra County Farm Bureau
2013 Distinguished Service
Award recipient – Claris Myers Shasta County Farm Bureau and Benny Jefferson,
Monterey County Farm Bureau
2013 Leopold Conservation
Award – Robert Giacomini Dairy, Marin County Farm Bureau
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