Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association
Board of Directors Meeting
March 15, 2017
Welcome and Introductions
President Ramelli opened the meeting at 6:10 p.m. Directors present at the meeting included: Greg Ramelli, Rick Roberti, Peggy Corbett, Bryan Williams, Brian Kingdon and Paul Roen. Carolyn Roberti, JP Tanner, and Riley York were also at the meeting. Director Russell Reid was unable to attend the spring gathering in the Plumas Bank conference room in Portola.
Minutes from the previous meeting
Paul moved to approve the minutes from June 16, 2016, as submitted. Peggy seconded the motion; the motion passed.
There will be an FSA meeting in Susanville on the April 3.
- 100th Annual CCA Convention, December 2016
Rick and Carolyn attended the CCA Convention, and Rick represented our Association as a voting delegate. The resolution we drafted regarding GRAP was sent to the CCA Convention to be discussed at the Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee. It instructed CCA staff to begin working with others on a voluntary plan to address water quality issues. The resolution passed unanimously.
- GRAP Update
Last fall, a small group of livestock producers, along with Ken Tate and Dan Macon, traveled to Woodland to meet with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Staff members told the group they are no longer pursuing a regulatory approach and they want to work with cattlemen to develop a more voluntary approach, such as updating the 1995 California Rangeland Water Quality Management Plan.
Carolyn read an encouraging email from Dr. Ken Tate about the turnaround of the SWRCB regarding GRAP. Ken believes that we are going to come up with a much less restrictive way to meet grazing water quality standards that will be approved by the SWRCB.
- Heritage Scholarship and Francis Carmichael Scholarship
P-SCA is offering two $500 scholarships this year. The Cattlewomen have distributed scholarship applications to schools this year but based on what Greg told us they would most likely relinquish that responsibility in 2018. Peggy volunteered to get the scholarship applications ready for next year and to contact Rick Leonhardt and Russell Reid regarding the selection process for this year’s applicants.
The directors discussed pros and cons of the new online free Beef Quality Assurance program (www.BQA.org). It is very helpful that producers can take this course online, but some around the table said they would miss doing the certification in a group setting with knowledgeable beef leaders and speakers.
- Young Cattlemen’s Committee (YCC) on FRC campus
FRC Instructor JP Tanner shared his vision to start an YCC chapter at Feather River College. The state requires $25 a year per student, but Tanner believes the college foundation will help with dues. He asked the PSCA directors to provide support and opportunities for students who join YCC. The board’s response was very positive, and they encouraged Tanner to move forward with the process. A few of the ways we could support students at FRC include attending or sponsoring barbecues with them, offer mini-internships at ranches, help them buy YCC shirts for the club, and possibly help them to attend state and national conventions.
- 2017 Barbecue at the Fair and FRC Ranch Rodeo sponsorship
Riley York reported on plans for this year’s barbecue at the fair and the ranch rodeo. Dinner will be at 5:00 pm and plans for the ranch rodeo are underway. The board suggested having some event for attendees to watch around the same time as dinner. Ideas included team steer decorating, a greased pig event, or possibly even mutton busting. Peggy moved to sponsor the FRC Rodeo Team with a donation of $1,500. Paul seconded the event; the motion passed.
- 2017 Sierra Valley Art and Ag Trail
The date for this year’s event is Saturday, September 30.
- Meeting with Assemblyman Brian Dahle
Rick recently attended a meeting where he heard Dahle share his vision for the future of California. After some discussion, the board would like to ask Assemblyman Dahle to speak at our Spring Dinner.
- Special recognition of members
In recognition of many years of community service and promoting the beef industry, Paul moved to honor Dave and Doris at our Spring Dinner. Bryan Williams seconded the motion; the motion passed.
- Spring Dinner
Carolyn will contact Brian Dahle and ask him to be the speaker at our Spring Dinner in June. Once a date is selected, we will notify Dave and Doris Goss about being the recipients of an award honoring them. We would also like to invite other organizations to join us, such as Sierra Valley Grange, Farm Bureau, and P-S Cattlewomen.
Peggy moved to pay $425 for a booth at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair for the Cattlewomen. Brian Kingdon seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Paul, Rick, and Greg will serve on a committee to update our bylaws. They will focus on defining our fiscal year and possibly adding the position(s) of junior director. The committee will report back to the board at our next meeting with recommendations.
Greg closed the meeting at 8:30 pm.
- CCA Midyear Meeting at Harris Ranch, Coalinga: June 21 – 23, 2017