Kenny Watkins was elected first vice president of the California Farm Bureau Federation in December 2009 and was elected to a third term in 2013.
He had previously served two terms as second vice president of the organization, beginning in 2005.
Watkins, a fifth-generation cattle rancher and farmer from Linden, has participated in gubernatorial trade missions to Mexico, Canada and Asia.
A former president of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation, Watkins raises beef cattle, walnuts and hay.
Watkins chairs the board of the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and serves as treasurer of the California Farm Bureau Fund to Protect the Family Farm (FARM PAC®). He represents Farm Bureau on the California Beef Council and on the California Chamber of Commerce Livestock Man of the Year Selection Committee.
He served on the California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors representing San Joaquin and Calaveras counties, has chaired the CFBF Beef Advisory Committee and served on the American Farm Bureau Beef Advisory Committee.
He previously served on the Farm Service Agency County Committee, dealing with the local impact of conservation programs in the federal farm bill, the California Dry Bean Advisory Board and the Stockton District Kidney Bean Growers board.
Watkins earned a degree in artificial insemination from Modesto Junior College and studied animal science at California State University, Fresno.
He is active in his community as a 4-H leader and with his local church, and continues to serve on the boards of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau and the local cattlemen’s association.