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NCFB Press Releases
Napa County Farm Bureau endorses Ryan Gregory for District 2 Napa County Supervisor
Napa, CA -October 5, 2016
Napa County Farm Bureau (NCFB) is pleased to endorse Ryan Gregory for Napa County Supervisor (District 2) in the upcoming November election. Farm Bureau chose to support Gregory based on his support of agriculture and city-centered growth policies, and his ambitious plans to promote city/county collaboration on housing, transportation and water conservation issues.
Gregory has been Chair of Community Action Napa Valley, Chair of the Napa Chamber of Commerce, President of Leadership Napa Valley, President of the Kiwanis Club of Napa and a member of the Joint City-County Affordable Housing Task Force and City Housing Element Update Committee (2007 and 2014). He is currently Chair of the Downtown Napa Property & Business Improvement District and an appointed member of the Civil Service Commission. He has developed numerous partnerships with leaders in agriculture, business, local government and non-profits.Gregory is also a small business owner and community advocate who is dedicated to making Napa County a great place to live, work and raise a family. His intelligence, sincerity, and background as a civil engineer will also be an asset to the Board of Supervisors.
NCFB Candidate Endorsement Committee Chairperson Yeoryios Apallas states, “Farm Bureau believes the public will be well served by electing Ryan Gregory. He has shown outstanding leadership potential on civic issues and is committed to policies that protect and promote Napa County agriculture.”
Farm Bureau follows a rigorous process in developing our candidate recommendations for the Board of Supervisor races. We generally do not endorse for city, state or federal elected positions. A Candidate Endorsement Committee researches the races and develops interview questions for both a written questionnaire and an in-depth interview. The questions relate to their qualifications, vision for the county, views on agricultural, land use and natural resource issues, legislative priorities and accomplishments and competency. The Candidate Endorsement Committee recommendations are then brought to the NCFB Board for further review and the final endorsement decisions.
Napa County Farm Bureau honors UC Cooperative Extension
Napa, CA - July 31, 2014
Napa County Farm Bureau honored the staff of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) for 100 years of support for our county's farmers and ranchers. The recognition coincided with UCCE's centennial milestone, and commemorated the work of UCCE researchers and educators who work together with local community members to develop and provide science-based information to solve economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development and nutrition issues.
The histories of Farm Bureau & UCCE are intertwined and date back to a meeting in 1913 of the Napa Grange, where H. J. Baade, who was then the lecturer of that Grange, gave a talk on the subject of a Farm Advisor. He reported that the University of California would hire a scientifically trained man who had at least four years of practical farming experience and place him in any county that would agree to organize a necessary appropriation to pay for his office and field expenses. The Grangers supported the idea, went to the Napa Board of Supervisors who also liked the idea and in short order Napa farmers created the Napa County Farm Bureau and H.J. Baade became our first Farm Advisor in 1914. Napa Farm Bureau President Norma Tofanelli said, "The Napa UCCE office has been a great team and we truly value their help in providing education and guidance on many issues facing Napa's farming and ranching community! Additionally, the 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program are important components of our community."
The prestigious Friend of Farm Bureau awards were presented at NCFB's Annual Dinner Meeting at HALL Winery. Receiving awards were: David Lewis, UCCE Director; Dr. Monica Cooper, Viticultural Advisor; Morgan Doran, Livestock Advisor; John Roncoroni, Weed Advisor; Mike Anderson, Viticultural Researcher; Julia Van Soelen Kim, Local Food Advisor; Jim O'Neil, 4-H Representative; Yvonne Rasmussen, Master Gardener Coordinator; Priscilla Rodriguez, Office Manager; and Susan Meader, Office Assistant.
Napa County Farm Bureau Endorses Diane Dillon for Napa County Supervisor
Napa, CA May 12, 2014
Citing her staunch support for Napa County agriculture, the Napa County Farm Bureau announced its endorsement of Supervisor Diane Dillon for reelection representing the 3rd District on the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
Diane Dillon has championed issues vital to the agricultural community for many years and understands the importance of preserving our agricultural legacy and sustaining family farms and ranches. Active in civic issues since 1984, she brings an invaluable depth of experience and a keen intellect to the weekly deliberations of the Board of Supervisors.
Dillon fights for the integrity of Napa's Ag Preserve and has led the county's efforts to protest tribal recognition and avoid construction of an Indian casino in Napa County. Her astute leadership led to successes in reducing the County's Regional Housing Needs Assessment requirements, and she continues to champion smart growth strategies to keep our city cores vibrant while protecting farmland and natural resources. During Dillon's long tenure in the civic arena she has shown an ability to respect and understand a diversity of opinions, and has helped guide the community in reaching agreement and solutions to complex problems.
Napa County Farm Bureau President Norma Tofanelli said, "Diane Dillon is clearly the best choice for 3rd District Supervisor and Farm Bureau proudly supports Diane in her reelection campaign."
Napa County Farm Bureau Endorses Mike Thompson for Congress
Napa, CA October 10, 2012
Citing his work on estate tax reform and his reputation for bipartisan problem solving, Napa County Farm Bureau announces its support for Mike Thompon's re-election to Congress in the 5th District.
Dana Estensen, Napa County Farm Bureau President, noted, "Thompson works tirelessly for his constituents. He is well respected in Congress for working with both parties to promote the long-term interests of our nation. He has championed estate tax reform intended to make it easier to transfer family farms and ranches from one generation to the next and he understands the importance of keeping the family farm in the family."
Four-peat! Napa wins "County of the Year" award again
Napa, CADecember 21, 2012
For the fourth consecutive year, Napa County Farm Bureau was honored as County of the Year in its membership category in recognition of an outstanding program of work at the grassroots level. CFBF President Paul Wenger presented the award to Napa Farm Bureau President Dana Estensen and Executive Director Sandy Elles during the awards banquet at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Pasadena with over 1,000 Farm Bureau members and supporters in attendance.
In receiving the award, NCFB President Dana Estensen said, “The County of the Year award is a tribute to our Board of Directors, volunteers and staff who work on a daily basis to promote and protect Napa County agriculture. We are humbled by the honor and grateful for the support of our community.”
Statewide judges scored the counties in five categories – Policy Implementation, Leadership Development, Ag Education/Promotion, Member Services and Public Relations. Napa also won the President’s Program of the Year award in three of these five categories.