MCFB Annual Dinner

Marin County Farm Bureau held its 2011 Annual Dinner on Friday, February 25 at the Margaret Todd Center in Novato, CA.

Current President of MCFB, Dominic Grossi, introduced three members of Tri Valley 4H Club, Logan Pomi, Bryce Grossi and Derrick Pomi who they lead the crowd of 116 attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Gary Sack, CFBF Field Representative gave the invocation before dinner was served.

We had the pleasure of Paul Wenger, CFBF President, in attendance.  He addressed the crowd with an engaging speech touching on California farming issues and the importance of farmers utilizing social media to share their story.

Nancy Gates, MCFB Land Use Committee Chair, gave a Land Use and Farm Team committee report.

Sam Dolcini introduces Joan Thayer, who retired from Assessor’s Office and received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award. 

Nelson Gremmels, who just recently retired from the Office of the Assessor Recorder, also received the Friend of Farm Bureau Award.

Phyllis Faber gives some background history on Ralph Grossi, past MCFB President and past President of American Farm Land Trust, who is about to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jerry Corda, MCFB Treasurer, introduces Ralph Grossi as MCFB President Dominic Grossi hands him his award.

Ralph thanks the organization for receiving this honor.

Marin County Supervisor, Judy Arnold, presents Ralph with resolutions from the Marin County Board of Supervisors and with certificates from State Senator Mark Leno, Senator Diane Feinstein and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.














Here is a brief summary of Marin County Farm Bureau Year in Review – 2010:

Received California Farm Bureau Federation’s 2010 County Activities of Excellence Awards for Membership, Policy Implementation, Ag Education and Public Relations.  Received President’s Award for Membership and Policy Implementation. Attained or exceeded membership goals in every quarter.

Held a successful 87th Annual Dinner Meeting honoring Ellie Rilla, Friend of Farm Bureau, and Earl Dolcini, Lifetime of Achievement.

Co-sponsored Marin County Farm Day and essay/mural contest with over 500 school children attending at Marin Civic Center.

Participated in Western Weekend with a successful BBQ, fundraiser and community outreach including FFA members.

Continued participation in the Local Coastal Program Update process, writing 19 comment letters and attending 21 public workshops.  Succeeded in tentatively modifying some draft policies: 

  • Re-routed the California Coastal Trail off ag lands
  • Created allowances for intergenerational housing development
  • Created recognition of local governments’ authority over, and autonomy from, the Coastal Commission

Worked successfully with CFBF on many phone/e-mail/fax blitzes opposing AB226 and AB291, which would have given the Coastal Commission unfair authority over ranches and farmlands in the Coastal Zone, and S787 and HR5088, which would have expanded the Clean Water Act to the detriment of ag.

Helped organize, participated in, sponsored and did outreach for a series of successful “Community Conversations” to educate and create a dialogue between ranchers and farmers and the local community.

Helped organize and did outreach for a workshop on labor law.

Conducted outreach, helped organize and presented workshops on implementing Conditional Grazing Waiver compliance with the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Pres. Dominic Grossi coached the Petaluma FFA dairy cattle evaluation competition team, which won the top two team and individual awards at the prestigious Royal Highland Show in Scotland.

Hosted the annual VIP Luncheon for county officials and MCFB members, providing opportunities for informal networking.

Represented Farm Bureau at meetings involving issues impacting members, including Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Resource Conservation District and Agricultural Institute of Marin.

Supported members with agriculture-friendly development applications processes.

Appointed a Farm Team Chair and a Membership Chair.

Attended California Farm Bureau Federation meetings and functions including CAC’s Leadership Conference and the annual meeting in Monterey, California.

Special Thanks to:

 State Fund for their sponsorship

American Ag Credit Wine

Allied/Nationwide-Grange Credit Union

All the people who donated raffle and auction items





About mcfarmbureau

Since 1923 Marin County Farm Bureau has helped to protect and improve the ability of farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture to provide a reliable supply of food and fiber through responsible stewardship of Marin County resources. One of our main goals is to unite the agricultural community to work together in the formation of policies that affect our lives as ranchers. We work at the local, state, and national level with all of our elected officials to improve legislation and regulations that could be detrimental to agriculture. In 2007 we worked very closely with the Marin County Board of Supervisors during the County Wide Plan update. This close relationship resulted in a much improved plan from where it started, a number of changes to the plan helped benefit agriculture and our farming families. Marin County Farm Bureau prides itself in being the voice of agriculture for Marin’s farmers and ranchers. The Marin County Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary membership California corporation whose purpose is to protect and promote agricultural interests throughout Marin and to find solutions to the problems of the farm, the farm home and the rural community. On a state level, Farm Bureau is California’s largest farm organization, comprised of 53 county Farm Bureaus currently representing approximately 76,500 members in 56 counties. Farm Bureau strives to protect and improve the ability of farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture to provide a reliable supply of food and fiber through responsible stewardship of California’s resources. Farm Bureau is organized on a county, state and national basis-in that order. The county Farm Bureau is the nucleus of the organization. It is here that members join by payment of nominal annual dues which entitles them to the wide range of services and benefits of
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One Response to MCFB Annual Dinner

  1. Laura Peters says:

    We live in Solano County (Vacaville)
    The City of Vacaville is attempting to include about 400 acres of prime ag land within the city future plan. This would take 400 ac. out of production forever .
    I am looking for assistance to protect this farmland .
    Would you please forward to Ralph Grossi so we may contact him .

    Laura Peters

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