Executive Address – February 2012

So much can happen in one month’s time!  Thank you for all the well-wishes on the arrival of my son. Baby John Kelsey Raudabaugh was born on January 10th, weighing in at 6lbs, 7oz. A life-changing event for my husband and I! The best times are yet to come.
Lots of things are happening at the Farm Bureau as we look to springtime, so get out your calendars and join us!  Our much-anticipated Trade Conference is rapidly approaching at the end of this month, Tuesday, February 28th; join us as we delve into a variety of trade issues affecting California agriculture and your bottom line over the next decade. 

Our much-anticipated Trade Conference is rapidly approaching at the end of this month, Tuesday, February 28th; join us as we delve into a variety of trade issues affecting California agriculture and your bottom line over the next decade.

Does everyone remember the NAFTA?  Of equal magnitude is the present Pan-Pacific FTA currently being negotiated by members of the USDA and USTR.   Make an appearance during this brief two hour event and learn how this and other trade agreements are evolving to affect our everyday livelihoods –directly from the USTR Agricultural Trade Ambassador himself, the Honorable Islam Siddiqui.  We are indeed fortunate to welcome him to Madera County!
On February 16th and 17th MCFB will be hosting a Pesticide Safety Training for PHCs –so please RSVP promptly to ensure your CECs will record properly.  April brings us to our annual Fieldworker’s Safety Training –space is filling up fast so get you and your crew registered as soon as possible!
Due to the lack of rain, MCFB will be hosting a one-stop shop for crop disaster assistance applications.  Whether you grow, farm, or raise livestock –the lack of rain is a major concern so please contact the office as soon as you feel you have a need for a hardship application.
We’re looking forward to continuing to provide the area with lots of informative topics regarding agriculture.  Please check our website frequently to view highlighted and current events.  Have a beautiful February!

 

Anja K. Raudabaugh
Executive Director

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