Good day! Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nick Davis, your new President of Madera County Farm Bureau. A little about me, I was raised in Madera County, on the family ranch like most farming families. My parents, Linda and Dave, raised my twin brother, older brother and I, in the family business. We mostly farmed silage corn, wine grapes, raisins and almonds. At Madera High School, I participated on the FFA officer team, showed multiple swine and dairy heifer replacement projects, was on the awarded fruit tree and vine pruning team and even built a beefy brush rake in Mr. Greci’s shop class, before graduating in 2002. Five years later, I graduated Cal Poly with a BS in Wine and Viticulture and Minor in Agribusiness. Let’s fast-forward (you can get my whole story at the next get-together). I joined Madera County Farm Bureau, as a Director, five years ago. At that time, I was looking for a Young Farmers and Ranchers organization to learn how I can get more-involved with my agriculture community. Finding no Young Farmers and Ranchers organization, I accepted a nomination to sit on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors. It was my time to listen with intention!
My grandparents, like all our grandparents, worked long and hard, with little free time, to give the next generation an opportunity to pass the baton. I have the baton, it is my time to contribute to our Ag community in hopes to give the next farmer or rancher the opportunity to thrive in their agribusiness. Let’s face it, farmers and ranchers draw the short stick, every time. Generally speaking, we’re underappreciated, disliked by most environmental groups and are rarely in a position to negotiate anything. But, these challenges also present us opportunities to organize and strengthen our position.
The most successful partnerships are between people or entities with the same principles, values and interests, but offer different skill sets. This is us! Together, we can be a force to reckon with! I’m committed to listening how the Madera County Farm Bureau Board, and I, can help you pass the baton to the next generation. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you. Please stop me to say hi or pick up the phone to introduce yourself. Please connect with me, through the Farm Bureau Office, if you have any suggestions or comments. I look forward to leading you through the next two years.