Contributed by Teagan Ehlers
On November 7th, 2019, the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau restarted its Young
Farmers and Ranchers group after being inactive for several years. SLO County Farm Bureau is an organization that helps the promotion of the agricultural community and identifies the challenges within our community relating to agriculture with the goal of solving those issues. “We unite farmers, ranchers, viticulturalists and other ag businesses in the county under one farm/ranch organization to promote and protect the common interest and community good without regard to political or religious affiliation” (“San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau - Home Page.”).
After attending the meeting it is clear many students and young generation farmers and ranchers are greatly interested in the organization starting up again and learning more about the problems facing the SLO County farming industry and taking a stand within the community for agriculture.
Executive Director Brent Burchett has been interested in restarting the SLO County Young Farmers and Ranchers group since he arrived in California last year from his home state of Kentucky. Burchett expressed his desire to help students build a network for jobs in agriculture, understand agricultural issues, and building leaders for the future of the Farm Bureau of San Luis Obispo.
More than sixty people attended the kick off meeting, illustrating Brent’s enthusiasm and talent attracting college students and community members. Cal Poly agricultural communication student Breanna Barker said “I’m very interested in YF&R, as I want to be more involved in the community. Agriculture is a large part of SLO county, and I am excited to use this opportunity to become more involved in agriculture.”