Fall is here, and the weather is changing, which means harvest is almost over (although the rain, may have delayed that a bit for some). For most it’s time to take a short break before ramping back up and preparing for next season. As you take a moment to catch your breath and relieve some stress, please consider stopping in at the farm bureau office to say hello or join us at our Ag United Harvest Celebration and Annual Meeting. As you all know a lot has happened this year, and it’s always nice to have a face to face conversation with members. I’m often so wrapped up with meetings, that I don’t get much of an opportunity to engage with many members. There are of course a few that I see on a regular basis, but I’d like to hear and speak to all the others.
We are wrapping up our end of the year and would love to hear what our members would like us to work on for the upcoming year. We have worked hard this year to expand our footprint. As I’ve said before there’s been a lot of meetings, but also more effort in engaging our farm bureau membership. We had the Grow Together Mix and Mingle earlier this year and have a Candidate Forum scheduled this month. Next year we plan to expand a little further, but definitely need feedback on what that looks like. I encourage all of you to join us for the candidate forum on October 17th. The lineup is shaping up rather nicely. We will have Congressman Costa and his opponent Elizabeth Heng, as well as the Anna Caballero, Paulina Miranda and Carla Neal. On the local level we will have candidates for several of the City Council seats in both Madera and Chowchilla, as well as the candidates for District Attorney. Join us for what should be an interesting evening of politics. (Make sure to RSVP with our office 674-8871).
As previously mentioned, our Ag United Harvest Celebration and Annual Meeting is right around the corner, October 28th. Please consider joining us for some great food and entertainment. Bob Farmer, Farmer’s Almanac, should be a great time. We will also be launching our new gun calendar and drawing for the Les Baer. You’ll even get a sneak peak of what next year’s “bonus” gun will be, and it’s a doozy if I may say so myself.
One last note…as MCFB enters our new year, we would like to say thank you to our out-going President, Jay Mahil, and welcome our 2018-2019 President, Nick Davis. Jay has done a tremendous job over the last four years. Things have not been all sunshine and rainbows during his term, and somehow, he’s managed to weather them well. It has been a pleasure to work with him and the current board. Thank you Jay for all your hard work!