Nathan Peterson will take the reigns of the Colusa County Farm Bureau when the organization next meets on Dec. 4.
The local group, which advocates for farming and agriculture, elected its 2020 Board of Directors at their annual meeting on Nov. 14, the last meeting of the year with President Chris Torres at the helm.
Peterson, equipment manager at Peterson Ranch, in Williams, is the general manager of Chico Nut Huller Sheller Co.
The 2020 officers are First Vice President Jim Peterson, Theresa Bright, Heather Elligson, Emily James, Deanna Jarrett, Annelie Lauwerijssen, Lorraine Marsh, Toby Reading, Bill Rhode, Jim Seaver, along with Torres, who remains on the board of directors.
“I appreciate everything the directors have done to make this organization great,” Torres said. “This is the end of my second term and I’ve enjoyed my time that I spent here.”
The Colusa County Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary membership organization whose purpose is to protect and promote agriculture.
Torres said it more important than ever for farmers, ranchers, and individuals to join their local farm bureau to ensure that Colusa County and California’s agricultural heritage is maintained and protected.
“Membership is the backbone of this organization,” Torres said. “It is what keeps us going financially. It keeps the Farm Bureau going and keeps the folks in the office.”
Like most organizations that lose older members without new members coming in to replace them, Torres said the Colusa County Farm Bureau has been challenged in the last years to sustain membership in the organization.
“We’ve dwindled a lot,” Torres said.
One of the primary purposes of the Colusa Farm Bureau is to lobby for laws and regulations that benefit farms and rural communities.
The Colusa County Farm Bureau commits itself to educate consumers about where their food comes from, the challenges associated with producing a safe, affordable food supply, and ensuring consumer confidence in California-grown products.
Anyone can become a member.
For more information visit colusacountyfarmbureau.com. ■