County of the Year Dec 30
San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau has been named “County of the Year” by the California Farm Bureau. San Luis Obispo County received the award at the 103rd California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on December 6 in Garden Grove, CA.
County farm bureaus across the state were judged for excellence in policy implementation, leadership, member services, agricultural promotion and public relations. “Our members, board of directors, and staff stepped up this past year to advocate for our industry,” explained Brent Burchett, executive director of San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau. “We brought our local agricultural community together to address serious challenges facing our farmers and ranchers on issues ranging from wildfire insurance and property tax protections to water regulations and access to vaccines for agricultural workers. ”San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau received the County of the Year Award in its agricultural membership class of 500 to 799 members.
Other counties in the class included Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Mendocino, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba-Sutter. Burchett said the recognition has special meaning as it comes just as San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau kicks off its 100th anniversary in 2022. “In 1922, this community recognized the importance of giving agriculture a greater voice when it formed a county Farm Bureau,” “The strength of Farm Bureau is that we bring the entire farming, ranching and agribusiness community together.