Statewide Meeting - Coalinga
Statewide Meeting - Sacramento
Carol Chandler, Tammy Maddox and Eva Orum represented Central Valley at the Sacramento SWM and
March SWM was jointly held at Harris Ranch in Coalinga in collaboration with Cattlewomen on Saturday. Steve Malanca with My Job Depends on Ag was the guest speaker on Sunday for the CWA meeting.
Statewide Meeting - Coalinga
Statewide Meeting - Ventura
Annual Convention and SWM in January was held in Ventura. 2016 State officers were installed at the Denim and Diamonds Gala at the Crown Plaza Hotel.
Statewide Meeting - Murphys
November SWM was held at Murphys. We enjoyed a very informative tour about the lumber industry and the history of the area.
Statewide meeting - March
Annual Meeting - San Luis Obispo.
Statewide Meeting - Carpenteria
November SWM was held in Carpinteria. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Betty Brown's gorgeous house overlooking the ocean, and we listened to Jan M. DeLyser, Vice President of Marketing with the California Avocado Commission inform us about marketing California grown avocados.
Statewide Meeting - Fresno
September SWM was held at Picadilly Inn. Nominations for next year's Board were open. The group toured local wineries on Saturday and assisted with the Ag Boosters' BBQ.
CVCWA Advocates in Sacramento
L-R: Betsy Gerwig, Carol Chandler, Allison Orum and Eva Orum joined other CWA chapters for the Statewide Meeting and Legislative visits in Sacramento on May 5-6.
Statewide Meeting - Blythe
March 7 - Toured Diversion Dam in Blythe - water is plentiful because of the Colorado River and canals. We saw a lot of alfafa and wheat fields. We also were able to watch how Hay Day Farms processes and ships their hay. The group crossed the Arizona border and also learned how the special bridge was built to haul the hay to California from Michael Mullion. The conference was a very enlightening experience!
Statewide Meeting - Petaluma
The purpose of the meeting in Sacramento was advocacy for issues and legislation affecting agriculture. Topping the list was a push for a water bond on the November ballot. Opposition was expressed to legislators and staff for SB 1381 (Evans) to label genetically engineered food, leading to increased cost to consumers, unfounded fear of food products, and hampered efforts to research invasive pests and disease cures. Also members opposed the minimum wage hike in SB 935 (Leno) that would make CA less competitive with other states and increase wages according to inflation rather than merit.
Support for an Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant and certification of all farmers markets, as well as the need for Williamson Act Subvention Payments, were part of the communication effort.
The Central Valley Chapter is participating in the Adopt-A-Legislator program to keep in touch and act as a resource on legislation. Adopted legislators include Assembly-members Hagman (Chino Hills), Patterson (Fresno), Wieckowski (Fremont), Skinner (Oakland), Rodriguez (Chino), Conway (Tulare), Perea (Fresno) and Senator Corbett (San Leandro). Certificates were awarded each legislator along with a packet of information and pistachios from a Central Valley farm.
A sponsored reception was held following the Capitol office visits. It was very well attended by legislators and regulators, capping a busy and fruitful series of meetings and discussions. ~ Carol Chandler
Nov. 8 - Attended New State Officers' Installation Dinner at Statewide Meeting in Petaluma. Lynn Figone is our new State CWA President. Beautiful countryside and networked with other CWA members. Guest speakers were very informational and interesting.