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January 23, 2015

Ag Council Welcomes Legislators at Open House Reception

Ag Council and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) held an Open House reception on Jan. 15th providing the opportunity to connect with 23 legislators and over 70 administration officials, legislative staff members and other guests as the 2015 legislative session gets underway in the State Capitol.

The event was held to welcome guests to Ag Council’s new office location shared with CAWG in the Senator Office Building across from the State Capitol located at 1121 L Street in Sacramento.

We thank our board members and friends who were able to join us at the Open House, and we look forward to many productive years in our new office location.

Blue Diamond Young Leaders Visit the State Capitol

The 2015 Blue Diamond Young Leaders visit the State Capitol to learn about key policy issues.

The 2015 Blue Diamond Young Leaders visit the State Capitol to learn about key policy issues.

On Jan. 22nd, farmers participating in Blue Diamond Growers’ 2015 Young Leader program met in Sacramento to learn more about policy issues impacting their business. The purpose of the program is to prepare participants for leadership roles within the cooperative.

Ag Council staff joined the Young Leaders to present an overview of state policy issues affecting agriculture, discuss the legislative process in Sacramento and attend a meeting with Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) to discuss critical issues facing the ag community.

State Water Resources Control Board member, Steven Moore, spoke to the group at lunch to explain the board’s role in the implementation of the groundwater law. The farmers also toured the State Capitol.

Assembly Republican Leader, Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), gave an energizing keynote dinner speech about her work in Sacramento and the importance of being involved in policy issues.

Butte County Rice Growers Association Celebrates 100 Years

LaVerne Grell (on left) and BUCRA President & CEO Carl Hoff at BUCRA's centennial celebration. Grell was a young child when BUCRA was first established, and her father was among the original board of directors. Photo courtesy of BUCRA.

LaVerne Grell (on left) and BUCRA President & CEO Carl Hoff at BUCRA’s centennial celebration. Grell was a young child when BUCRA was first established, and her father was among the original board of directors. Photo courtesy of BUCRA.

Ag Council congratulates our member, Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA), as the cooperative celebrates its centennial. We commend BUCRA for its 100 years of leadership and innovation in the rice industry.

Hundreds of attendees, including Ag Council staff, joined BUCRA as it celebrated its centennial on January 9th at a gala dinner in Chico.

Congratulations to BUCRA growers and President & CEO Carl Hoff for reaching this significant milestone. To read more about BUCRA’s centennial, click HERE.