The Colusa County Farm Bureau last week welcomed rising stars in the oversight of the local organization while saying goodbye to other members.
President Chris Torres said the CCFB lost a number of longtime members in 2018, largely due to retirement.
The Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on Jan. 28 was dedicated to longtime board member Gil Ramos, who died last January.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Colusa County Farm Bureau, Ramos served on the board of the California Farm Bureau Federation. He was active in Arbuckle Lions Club, Arbuckle 4-H, Arbuckle Little League, and had served on the 44th District Agriculture Association board, the Colusa County Farm Show Committee, and the Natural Resource Conservation District board.
Former Supervisor Kim Dolbow Vann, state director of USDA Rural Development, recognized Ramos and his longtime companion, former Supervisor Christy Scofield, whom Vann credits with her own success.
“I would not be standing here today representing USDA if it wasn’t for her,” Vann said. “Christy and Gilbert were always good to me and Jim. Thank you for always caring about us, not just as family but the community.”
Scofield was tearful when accepting recognition. Scofield served the Colusa County Board of Supervisors at the same time Ramos served on the California Farm Bureau Federation board.
“He was always committed, and I try to be, too,” Scofield said.
During the annual meeting, the Colusa County Farm Bureau installed its 2019 directors, which include Theresa Bright, Jonathan Gobel, Emily James, Deanna Dennis Jarrett, Annelie Lauwerijssen, Berne Marsh, Chad Parker, Jim Peterson, Nathan Peterson, Toby Reading, Bill Rohde, Jim Seaver, Charlene Vaughn, and Darrin Williams, some of whom are new members to the Farm Bureau board, Torres said.
“They have a litany of things they can offer this board, and they’re getting up to speed with the happenings of the Farm Bureau,” Torres said.
Torres said water would be the primary issue facing local farmers in 2019 and the future.
In 2018, the Colusa County Farm Bureau attended a water rally at the State Capital and hosted a two-day agriculture tour, among other activities. ■