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By Romeo Agbalog, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau

Kern County Farm Bureau Executive Director, Romeo Agbalog

As a country, we find ourselves in extraordinary times amidst this unprecedented global pandemic. This crisis has touched nearly every American household in some form or fashion, including every business and section of our economy. Particularly impacted is our agricultural industry. In addition to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers, and ranchers here locally and across the state were already grappling with volatile markets, labor scarcity, drought, and water insecurity, complying with burdensome and unreasonable governmental laws and regulations, and coping with added stress while bracing for more laws and regulations to come. These are challenging times indeed.

Yet, I believe that adversity does not define us, but rather it is what we do during these times of adversity that does. Simply put, our greatest challenges enable us to do great things. Times like these spark new and bold thinking, creative ideas, strengthens our resolve, and unites us under common causes and goals. Frankly, there is no better moment than now to be a part of the Kern County Farm Bureau. I am ready to take on the challenges that lay ahead. There is too much at stake to stand idle, and I hope that you will join me. Working together we can grow the future that we all want to see and experience.