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Ranchers and farmers have always had challenging times. And, if you are a farmer, rancher, nursery grower or a small business in California, you know it is one of the most challenging places in the world to do business.

 

Today’s farmer has to be part scientist, part water expert, part marketer and overall land steward. They must understand their neighbors’ needs, whether they are next door or 20 miles away. It’s up to these family farmers to decipher and comply with the most complex regulations around. But they know whom to rely on for help. California farmers need Farm Bureau now more than ever. Over the years, the Merced County Farm Bureau has been advocating for agriculture at the local, state and federal levels of lawmaking and regulation. Whether it’s a matter of excessive taxation or how much farmers have to pay for their energy, Farm Bureau has been involved and engaged.

 

We have testified at hearings before Planning Commissions, City Councils, the Board of Supervisors, irrigation districts, community service districts and the Municipal Advisory Committees (MAC) concerning issues on land use, regulations, air quality, fee schedules, water, waste discharge, and more. We invite you to our next forum on Land Use (see below). Our scholarship committee has supported our FFA Chapters and 4-H clubs throughout the years and awards over $10,000 worth of scholarships at our Annual Dinner in March each year. We have partnered with many other organizations for educational events and workshops for students, the general public and our members.

 

Merced County farmers also need support from their local citizens. In fact, half of our Farm Bureau memberships are not active farmers, yet want to support our agricultural community. In addition to support, all of our members benefit from our savings programs on health and auto insurance, vehicle purchasing and homeowner supplies. Become Involved and Engaged in Merced County Agriculture. Join Farm Bureau. Support your local family farmers.