Butte County Farm Bureau Immediate Job Opening

Title: Programs Coordinator/Regulatory Outreach and Education

The Butte County Farm Bureau has an immediate opening for a full-time Program Coordinator. The ideal candidate will be a personable and creative, self-starter who has experience interacting with members of the agriculture community and maintains a high degree of rapport with key audiences.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the membership development and retention of the organization.
  • Oversight of communication and education outreach for grower regulatory programing.
  • Manage the execution of multiple BCFB events and program.
  • Prepare for and attend monthly Board meetings.
  • Answer telephones, greet members and the public entering the office.
  • Perform general clerical duties as needed to include but not limited to: letter writing, photocopying, faxing, mailing and filing. Assist in the organization and maintenance of the office so that it operates effectively and efficiently. 
  • Assist in the management of BCFB’s Social Media presence including keeping the BCFB website and Facebook page current and accurate with local news, media and event information.
  • Maintain constant communication with BCFB Executive Director regarding any issues or items needing timely attention.
  • Attend and assist in the organization and execution of all BCFB events as needed.
  • Support BCFB Executive Director in operation of the Butte County Farm Bureau.
  • Support BCFB Staff in the operation and execution of BCFB programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills:

  • Passionate self-starter.
  • Personable, creative and organized.
  • Ability to manage their time to accomplish tasks in a routine and timely manner.
  • Can work independently without supervision.
  • Working knowledge of computer programs including but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, QuickBooks and InDesign.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Willingness to balance working with different responsibilities and manage multiple priorities in a professional and productive manner.
  • Maintains a basic belief in the value of Farm Bureau membership, community organizations, and the agricultural industry.
  • Willingness to learn, ask for help, and offer and accept suggestions in a professional manner.
  • Have an exceptional work ethic.
  • Desire to work in a team environment and with volunteers.

Qualifications:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with major course work in agriculture, communications, public relations or a related field.
  • Passionate about agriculture.
  • Will be supportive of other staff.
  • An ability to work on own initiative; be proactive, organized and find solutions to problems and challenges.
  • Current CA Driver’s License.
  • Reliable transportation.

Compensation:

  • Hourly, DOE.
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • Cell phone stipend.

Application:

To apply, please submit the following items to jobs@buttefarmbureau.com

  • Cover letter/email
  • Resume
  • Three references with contact information

For questions regarding this announcement, please contact:
Colleen Cecil
Butte County Farm Bureau
Executive Director
jobs@buttefarmbureau.com

Editorial: Tuscan Water District and Election 2020

By Colleen Cecil
January /February Editorial
Butte County Farm Bureau News 

Tuscan Water District
Maybe you have heard about it. Maybe you haven’t. If you are a groundwater user – agricultural and/or domestic – in the Vina or Butte Sub Basins of Butte County then you should probably make yourself aware. This is a necessary and important step in ensuring groundwater reliability for future generations in Butte County to be able to live and farm.

The Tuscan Water District is being formed to create an organization that can and will represent all groundwater dependent landowners, to be able to preserve and protect agricultural and domestic water supplies in the rural areas of the Vina and Butte sub basins and meet the sustainability goals of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Through the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission, a process to form the district will be by a landowner-voter petition. The proposed Tuscan Water District will include more than 94,000 acres. This will encompass from the Tehama County line south to the Western Canal Service area; the eastern boundary is Highway 99 and the City of Chico corporate boundary and the western boundary generally following the Sacramento River, Big Chico Creek, M and T Ranch, Llano Seco Ranch Water District and Reclamation District 2106. In total the district will be approximately 147 square miles.

If you are one of the 52,000 acres within the proposed district boundary that have already lent support to this effort, I am not telling you anything you don’t already know. Thank you to those who have already voiced and demonstrated support. If you are part of the 42,000 acres that have not given your support, I encourage you to ask the questions and learn about the Tuscan Water District formation process.

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The actual application for the district formation has not been filed yet. It is slated to happen in early 2020. For more than two years now, upwards of 50 landowners have been meeting quarterly to get our community to where we are today. Preparations are underway to file the necessary paperwork.

Many of you have likely had personal phone calls or in-person meetings with Rich McGowan, Ed McLaughlin, Darren Rice or Todd Turley. These gentlemen have been pounding pavement, dirt roads and orchard rows talking to and educating you and your neighbors about the importance of forming this district. If you have not heard from them yet, then call me and I will get them in touch with you. With four of them and many of you, they have not talked to everyone but they are committed to talking to anyone that will benefit. And yes, this is a beneficial project.

It’s an Election Year
The year 2020 is now here and that brings with it an election. New to California this year will be an earlier Primary Election. We will now vote on March 3. It’s also important to note that this election will be 100% mail-in ballot too. You can still drop your ballot off but there will not be any polling places in March to go and vote this year. Make sure your mailing address is correct with the Butte County Clerk Recorder.

In this issue of the Butte County Farm Bureau News you will find our March Primary Voter Guide. You will notice three names for Butte County Supervisor. It is imperative that these three candidates win their seats. And preferably in March too. It is these three seats that have agriculture’s best interest at the County Board of Supervisors. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to attend an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting or watch one from the past twelve months. They are all available online.

BCFB Voter Guide March 2020

December in DC
Despite the tremendous amount of televised drama taking place in Washington DC the last year, there have been some major accomplishments. The House of Representatives passage of USMCA HR 5430 and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act HR 5038 in December, and both with tremendous bi-partisan support, have us eager to see both these bills voted on by the Senate and ultimately to the Presidents desk. Both bills will benefit California agriculture. We are appreciative of Congressman LaMalfa and his leadership and support in seeing both these bills get passed in the House.

We look forward to seeing you at the BCFB Annual Dinner on January 3st at Gold Country Casino where we will thank outgoing President Darren Rice, welcome our new president elect Lee Heringer and then dance the evening away to local favorite Decades.

We are looking forward to working for you in 2020 and thank you for your membership in the Butte County Farm Bureau. Happy New Year!

Are you a groundwater user?

In 2014, the California legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which was then signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.  This legislation triggers a more intense and hands on approach to groundwater management at the local level and requires cooperation and participation by all water users including agricultural groundwater pumpers.

The Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation will be hosting three public outreach meetings to make groundwater pumpers aware of the legislation and the impacts of SGMA implementation to your farming operations and to Butte County. The meetings are as follows:

Monday, June 13, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Chico Masonic Lodge
1110 W East Avenue
Chico, CA

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Durham Memorial Hall
9319 Midway
Durham, CA

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Gridley Fairgrounds, Butte Hall
199 E Hazel Street
Gridley, CA

The content of each meeting will be the same requiring you to only attend one event. In addition, at the Durham meeting   Christina Buck, PhD, will present her findings regarding the updated Butte County Water Inventory & Analysis report that she has coordinated with Davids’ Engineering.

Michael Harty of Kearns and West will serve as the meeting facilitator, guiding the public through the SGMA language and purpose as well as fielding your questions.

“How do I know if I am a groundwater pumper?” If you use a well to irrigate your crops/pasture or use a well for your home, you are a groundwater pumper.

You attendance at one of these three meetings is crucial to learning and understanding how SGMA will have a bearing on your groundwater use. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at (530) 533-1473 or email Colleen Cecil at colleen@buttefarmbureau.com if you have questions. You can also contact Vickie Newlin at Butte County Water and Resource Conservation directly at (530) 538-2179.

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