One hundred years—it’s quite a milestone for any organization to achieve. At the California Farm Bureau, we’re proud of the work we have accomplished to help California agriculture achieve its worldwide reputation for quality and productivity.
Please join us in San Diego, December 4-7, for the 100th Annual Meeting of the California Farm Bureau Federation. We will commemorate the many successes of our past and come together to look at the incredible possibilities in store for the future.
You won’t want to miss our biggest celebration yet. This past year has been especially tumultuous, in California, nationally and internationally. CFBF has advocated on behalf of California farmers and ranchers before the state Legislature, Congress, regulatory agencies, in court and in the media.
The importance of advocacy and diligent pursuit of our mission has perhaps never been more urgent and critical. Farm Bureau is the way for farmers, ranchers and everyone touched by agriculture to unite in common purpose and ensure that we will continue to thrive far into the future.
The issues, the technology, even many of the crops we grow have changed since CFBF was founded—but our mission hasn’t. It reflects our desire to address and solve the problems of the farm and ranch.
To be a Farm Bureau member means embracing our intergenerational duty to identify challenges and unite across commodities. It all starts with you as an agricultural leader, as a member of your county Farm Bureau. You are part of something big, important and—most of all—effective.
We look forward to seeing you in beautiful San Diego this December to celebrate the start of our 100th year of advancing agriculture.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
|4:00 p.m.||YF&R State Committee Meeting|
|6:00 p.m.||CFBF Past Board of Directors Reception (Invitation only)|
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
|7:30 a.m.||Registration Opens|
|8:00 a.m.||YF&R Discussion Meet Orientation|
|9:00 a.m.||YF&R Discussion Meet Begins|
|9:30 a.m.||Agricultural Tour|
|1:00 p.m.||County Presidents Caucus (Invitation only)|
|1:00 p.m.||County Manager’s Roundtable (Invitation only)|
|2:30 p.m.||Discussion Meet Finals|
|4:00 p.m.||Trade Show Opens|
|5:00 p.m.||Trade Show Welcome Reception *|
|8:00 p.m.||Leadership Farm Bureau Reception (Invitation only)|
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
|7:00 a.m.||Farm Team Leaders Breakfast (Invitation only)|
|7:30 a.m.||Registration Opens|
|8:30 a.m.||Opening General Session|
|10:00 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|10:20 a.m.||General Session Reconvenes|
|12:00 noon||Luncheon *|
|12:00 p.m.||Trade Show Opens|
|1:30 p.m.||Breakout Sessions|
|3:00 p.m.||Breakout Sessions|
|5:30 p.m.||Hosted Reception in Trade Show|
|6:30 p.m.||Awards Dinner and Entertainment *|
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
|7:30 a.m.||Registration Opens|
|8:00 a.m.||County Presidents and Managers Breakfast (Invitation only)|
|9:30 a.m.||Delegate Business Session|
|12:00 noon||Ag in the Classroom Award Luncheon*
YF&R FARM PAC Raffle and Check Presentation
|12:30 p.m.||Bus departs for SeaWorld for those who purchased early admission tickets|
|1:30 p.m.||Delegate Business Session|
|2:30 p.m.||District Caucus Meetings|
|2:30 p.m.||Commodity Caucuses|
|4:00 p.m.||Buses depart for Family Night Out at SeaWorld*|
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
|8:00 a.m.||Delegate Business Session|
|10:00 a.m.||CFBF Board Meeting|
If you do not want to register here online, you can...
100% of your registration payment will be refunded if cancellation notice is received at CFBF by November 16, 2018. No refunds will be issued for requests received after November 16, 2018.
Use our online reservation site to make hotel arrangements: https://book.passkey.com/go/CFBF2018
Call 1-800-Hiltons and mention the group code CFBF.
Reservations must be made by November 5 for discounted room rate. A credit card is required for your hotel reservation. Cancellation must occur at least 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalties. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m., check out is at 12:00 p.m. Guests may check in early as rooms become available provided guest agrees to pay an early check-in fee of $25. Early check out fee of $75. Guests should advise Hotel, at or before check-in, of any change in planned length of stay.
The hotel has a multi-story parking structure. Farm Bureau members will receive $15 off the daily self-parking rate.
Breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics featuring agricultural leaders and focusing on the latest information on topics including rural crime and safety, membership, current agricultural research and other important issues affecting members.
On January 1, new overtime-pay rules will cover agricultural employees in California. This session will examine those rules, the status of overtime-pay exemptions for irrigators and other employees, and day’s rest and other laws that now apply to agricultural employees due to the enactment of Assembly Bill 1066 in 2016.
The Urban County Farm Bureau Coalition – what is it and where is it going? AFBF and CFBF staff will share information about this movement to unite and engage urban county farm bureaus.
This breakout session will provide updates on key water topics, including the State Water Resources Control Board’s Unimpaired Flows, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and irrigated lands regulatory programs throughout the state.
Come hear about an assortment of hot topics affecting agriculture. From WOTUS to wildfires, energy to the environment, this session will cover a handful of the hottest topics currently affecting farmers and ranchers throughout the state.
As the average age of U.S. farmers and ranchers increases, more are facing the need for long-term care (LTC). While the financial costs to the family and business can be devastating, they don’t stop there. Physical, emotional, and relational costs often come into play. You already know how to manage the risks you face in agriculture. You can also manage the risk of long-term care. Join us in this session to learn about the potential impact of escalating LTC costs on an Ag operation, common mistakes, and options for LTC planning and insurance that may help you preserve your lifestyle — and your farm or ranch.
Learn and discuss how Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) impacts electric service to agricultural customers, with input from county Farm Bureaus that have already experienced navigating the process. With 20 CCAs in operation by the end of 2018 and many more in progress, agricultural customers may already or will soon be impacted by a CCA.
Come hear an update on all of the rules for diesel trucks. We’ll cover the current rules at the Air Resources Board, new requirements for commercial licenses, as well as information regarding the state’s Biennial Inspection Terminal (BIT) program and the likelihood of new regulatory requirements related to hours-of-service.
*offered in a combined session
In recognition of our Centennial year, both California Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus will highlight the history and the growth of our organization. Enjoy a walk through the past and explore Farm Bureaus milestones from the first 100 years.
Be sure to catch the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet and see agriculture’s future leaders compete for top spokesperson honors, cash prizes and a trip to New Orleans, as they tackle some of the day’s most pressing issues. The final rounds of the competition will take place Tuesday afternoon. For more information, visit cfbf.com.
The California Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee invites you to join the fun and excitement of its annual raffle to benefit the California Farm Bureau Fund to Protect the Family Farm (FARM PAC®). Funds raised by the drawing are used to support candidates for public office who share our goal of protecting the farming and ranching way of life. You just might be the one to walk away with one of four custom prize packages.
Come join us for drinks, appetizers and fun. The Trade Show Welcome Reception will be held on the Trade Show floor from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 4. Ticket required for food and beverages.
Looking for a chance to check out and try some best-selling industry products, play a round of Trade Show Bingo and have a chance to win great prizes, all while visiting with colleagues, friends and leading agricultural businesses from across the nation? Make sure to stop by the Trade Show – home to social events and the always popular YF&R FARM PAC® Raffle.
For booth purchase information or for more informationon sponsorship opportunities, contact Cathie Bradley at email@example.com or 916-600-1040.
Farmers and ranchers who wish to meet by commodity may participate in an informal networking and discussion forum. Sit down with like-minded producers from across the state to discuss the issues you face, share information, and learn from one another. CFBF staff will be on hand to answer questions that may arise during the discussions. This year there will be presentations on Animal Wellness and Trespass & Protest as well as Dairy & the Federal Order.
Join your friends, family, colleagues and leaders on the red-carpet as we celebrate the last 100 years of Farm Bureau’s achievements. Dress up and be ready for some Hollywood-style attention. There will be paparazzi taking photos and someone might even ask you for your autograph-right there on an actual red carpet!
Enjoy an elegant dinner as we present the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards and recognize county Farm Bureaus. After dinner watch Farm Bureau all-stars compete in a Family Feud game that is sure to be fun and hilarious.
Free flu shots will be provided by the Rural Health and Safety committee and will be available just outside the Delegate Session on Thursday morning. Quantities will be limited.
Join us as we recognize Agriculture in the Classroom and their Outstanding Educator of the year, wrap up the Farm Pac raffle and watch the Young Farmers and Ranchers check presentation.
Family Night out at SeaWorld sponsored by Nationwide will take place on Thursday, December 6 and will be the final celebration of our 100th Annual Meeting. The evening will include: transportation to and from SeaWorld, 1 hour of park admission, a buffet dinner, 1 beer/ wine drink ticket, and 1 holiday ornament per guest. Farm Bureau guests will enjoy music from the band Decades who performs songs from the 1940’s through today. In addition, we will also have a private Orca encounter show for all our attendees.
Families will have the opportunity to purchase special 4-hour admission tickets to SeaWorld to use on Thursday, December 6. Farm Bureau will provide transportation that will depart at 12:30 p.m. to the park. Use this opportunity to connect with other Farm Bureau families and visit the attractions before the special Family Night out event.
Take a tour of beautiful San Diego County on Tuesday, December 4. The tour will leave at 9:30 a.m. and return to the hotel around 4:00 p.m. CFBF reserves the right to cancel a tour with refund if the passenger minimum of 25 people per bus is not met.
Rockwood Ranch comprises the southern boundary of Rancho Guejito – the last, intact Spanish land grant in California. Located in the San Pasqual Valley in northern San Diego County, Rockwood Ranch has 114 acres of citrus and 10 acres of wine grapes on the valley floor. 83 acres of avocados are on the surrounding canyon hillsides. In 2010 the grapefruit, lemons and mandarins were high-density planted at 432/trees/acre. This was done in anticipation of a more expensive, aging and diminishing work force.
Join us on a tour of this diverse and innovative operation followed by a barbeque lunch and tasting of the wines produced from this site.
Nestled into the rolling hills of Fallbrook, California, Sunlet Nursery Inc. has grown into a thriving nursey business based on two underlying principles: pride in every plant shipped, taking care of every customer served.
Back in 1985, owners John and Janet Kister founded Sunlet Nursery through their shared passion for plants. They would serve the market by offering more unusual flowering plants than were typically available. With a nod to Fallbrook’s perfect growing conditions, they named the nursery Sunlet, literally translating to “a little bit of the sun”. Each plant supports this by proudly declaring “California Sunshine included.” Over the years, Sunlet Nursery’s operation has expanded to 25 acres, producing quality plants in greenhouses, shade houses and full-sun areas. Sunlet has earned a reputation as a consistent source of quality plant material.
Thank you to our early sponsors!