Greetings, from your president, Eric Harcksen, of the Merced County Farm Bureau. Here we go again. On Monday July 13th Governor Gavin Newsom has mandated the closing of more businesses, including bars, indoor restaurants and many other recently reopened businesses. This makes me wonder how much control the government really has over our day-to-day lives, and how that will affect our economy. On the local level, we voted for our officials to make these decisions for our county. The individuals making these decisions were not voted into office, however they seem to have their hands in our day-to-day lives. These nonelected officials have quickly gained an enormous rein in power and we have allowed them to have control of the economy along with that power. This truly is an interesting time in our lives we are living in.
One of the topics that the board is currently working on is the Split Roll/Prop 15. If Prop 15 passes, the cost of doing business in California will jump sharply. This will not only effect property taxes, it will also affect the cost of goods and services. We need to educate the public and let them know how much this will affect their farmers, but it will also increase their grocery bills. The proponents have given this initiative the friendly title of “California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act”.
At our next scheduled board meeting in August, MCFB will be hosting a Candidates Night. We hold this special meeting to ask your potential candidates questions that pertain to our members. This brings our issues to the surface and allows us to know how they will be handled by these individuals. This meeting is important to hold because it allows your board to decide on who we will endorse to represent you.
On July 15th I was honored to be a part of a conference call with our great President, Donald Trump and the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. This also included all the County Farm Bureau Presidents across the nation. This in one example on how the Farm Bureau gives the farmers a voice to our elected officials.
The Merced County Farm Bureau is open for business and here to serve you by appointment only. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.