President's Corner

Eric Harcksen

April 2021

Greetings Merced County Farm Bureau members.  I hope this finds you and your family well.  It has been over a year since Governor Gavin Newsom had issued a mandatory “Stay at Home” order to flatten the curve for COVID-19. The question we have to ask ourselves it was it worth it and did it make a difference.  I have asked myself this question time and time again.  The authority that our county agencies have come into has been interesting to watch.  The control that they have had over our everyday lives has been, in my opinion, a little over stepping to say the least.  Let alone the overstepping control over businesses has been detrimental to some so much so that they have gone out of business, never to return again.  It has been shocking to me the amount of power that some agencies acquired and how quickly they were to use it and continue to use it. I question why June 15th is the date as to when restrictions will be lifted, given the unknown about infection rates.


As far as the Farm Bureau is concerned, we are here and operating as usual.  Here for the farmer and always working towards a better year ahead.  We are in this together and want all our members to know that as long as there are issues to fight for, we are fighting them on your behalf.  I hope your spring has brought you many blessings.  


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office during our business hours.