Darrell Hansen of Humboldt Creamery gives an assist to one of the creameries newest employees (Photo by Carrie Branovan)

Darrell Hansen of Humboldt Creamery gives an assist to one of the creamery's newest employees (© 2006-2007 Carrie Branovan)

 

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A Message from our President - Andy Albin

Andy Albin - PresidentOver the past year, I have been able to travel from Moses Lake, Washington, to the high desert of Oregon and through the central valley of California. It always amazes me to see how big and diverse agriculture can be. This past week, I traveled to Coalinga, CA for a California Beef Council meeting with my wife, Sarah. It was stunning to see just how dry California really is. To see vineyards being pulled out of the ground, dying orchards, and unirrigated fields was mind-blowing.

In Humboldt, we may be in a drought too, but we have no idea how lucky we are. That being said, the water policies that have been forced to the front burner by California’s severe drought will also have repercussions in Humboldt County as well. I’m happy to say that Humboldt County Farm Bureau has been on top of this matter. A big thanks to Jay Russ, John Vevoda, and Jack Rice for their leadership with this issue.

On the bright side, Humboldt County Farm Bureau recently awarded 125 scholarships in the amount of $95,000. Although we don’t want to be known as a scholarship organization, it’s very encouraging to have so many young people interested in agriculture. Some of these students are bound to be at the forefront of California agriculture in the future. A big thanks to Gene Senestraro and Jane Fraser for all their hard work on the scholarship committee.

A bit of history, did you know Gene Senestraro has been on the Humboldt County Farm Bureau board since 1951? This kind of service and commitment is priceless. Thanks Gene!

Another exciting thing in our community is that our local high school agriculture departments, under the leadership of Sandy Dale, will be receiving a $4.9 million dollar grant to help promote FFA and School to Career Programs in Northern
California. As a past FFA member and parent of a current FFA member, all I can say is WOW! Congratulations to
Sandy and her team!

A big thanks goes out to Katherine Ziemer and Mary Ann Renner for the dedicated hours they put in staying on top of the issues, and keeping the officers and board members updated on everything. By the way, did you know that Katherine is one of the longest serving executive directors in the state? Another big thanks goes out to Krista Renner for taking on our Young Farmers and Ranchers chapter. They have some exciting things planned.

I’d also like to share that Humboldt County Farm Bureau has a Facebook page. This goes to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks. A special thanks to our Interns who are Abigail Albin, Emily Dale, Callie Brodt and Shelby Schoenhofer for getting all of this social media up and going.

In closing, whether you sell a tomato at the farmers market, several truckloads of cattle, some oysters, or anything in between, let’s just remember that we are all in this together. I look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting in October.