Farm worker using digital tablet while working with cows at modern dairy factory (Photo by Pressmaster /
Farm worker using digital tablet while working with cows at modern dairy factory (Photo by Pressmaster /

By Colleen Taber, Administrator,
Kern County Farm Bureau

Colleen Taber

Accepting a job during a pandemic isn’t anything that any of us planned for, however, helping to share information and advocate for our members is exactly where I needed to be. In my first month, Kern County Farm Bureau has advocated for our agricultural front lines in many ways.

Because we are one of the top agriculture producing counties in the nation, our country’s food supply is reliant upon what we provide here in Kern County. We must be involved in conversations where we can ask essential questions. The answers to these questions move issues, allowing our ag community to push forward with the correct information while keeping safety a priority.

The Ag industry has had many safety measures implemented long before COVID-19 came into the picture, allowing us to keep production flowing and food on the shelves despite the Shelter-in-Place. While local companies are providing food for our tables, they have found time to give.

Tasteful Selections, Grimmway, and others have assisted in donating to local hospitals to thank our front-line medical heroes and keep them nourished during this difficult time.

Looking beyond COVID-19 is challenging as we face social distancing and learn to video conference for meetings. We’ve had to postpone events, including our annual Farm Bureau golf tournament.

Despite the challenges, I look forward to celebrating our farmers and ranchers. I look forward to celebrating them in person. I post on social media about how important they are or write articles like this to share my passion for agriculture, but I really look forward to the time when we can all sit around the table and say,

“Remember when…?”

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