Farm Bureau News Executive Director Column

By Colleen Cecil, Executive Director – November/December 2021

Colleen Cecil, Butte County Farm Bureau Executive Director

Without looking back, I can assume that my final 2020 column is going to start the same way as this one. I am looking forward to 2021 ending! Albeit, we did have a much better 2021 than we did 2020, but I am ready for normal, whatever that is anymore.

I can say that 2021 is ending much busier than last year. We have packed our calendar and look forward to seeing you as many times as you want to see us. By the time you read this, we will have hosted our October Tailgate Talk in Richvale. Farm City Celebration and BCFB is excited to working with our amazing ag community to celebrate year 41 of the Farm City Celebration.

The Annual Awards Reception will take place on November 3 in Chico, Kids Day on November 4 in Gridley, the Harvest Festival on November 6 in Durham and the always popular Agri-Business Bus Tour, on November 10, will take off and return to the Durham Community Park. More information about all the activities can be found in the pages of this newspaper but you can always visit www.FarmCity.com for details and tickets or call our office at 530-533-1473.

We pleased to have Nationwide back as the presenting sponsor for Grower Day on December 1 at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. A full trade show and packed grower education program with 4 CE hours (applied) will be available to all who attend plus a complimentary lunch sponsored by Farm Credit West and Golden State Farm Credit. We look forward to seeing you.

If we have learned anything over the last few years it’s that advocacy and education to those outside of our rural community is paramount if we are going to keep farming and ranching in California. To help with this need, I have hosted a series of monthly lunches and have invited women from our local rural community for networking and conversations with local community leaders. Sorry gentlemen, this is ladies only. If you might be interested in hearing from passionate and respected local leaders about the importance of being engaged in your community, call me. I want to add you to the contact list. Our next luncheon will be on November 12 and I am excited to welcome former Butte County Supervisor Jane Dolan as our guest speaker.

We are nothing without our members. It is important that we are in a position to keep providing the services and programs that you have come to need and enjoy. To do this, the BCFB Board of Directors has voted to increase dues of our agricultural and business members by $25 annually, effective January 1, 2022.  We don’t make these decisions lightly but it is necessary to keep our operations in a positive position moving forward. Should anyone have any questions about the dues increase, I would be happy to chat with you personally. Please don’t hesitate to call me at the office or on my cell phone. You are more than welcome to even stop by if you would like.

Don’t forget! Our #StillFarming sweatshirt inventory is up to date if you are need a new hoodie. Visit www.ButteFarmBureauStore.com.

Lastly, I am excited to wish you a bountiful Thanksgiving, a blessed Christmas Season and a spectacular New Year!

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