Intensive training awaits 2006 leadership Farm Bureau class
» April 24, 2006 «
A dozen current and prospective Farm Bureau leaders from around California will participate in 250 hours of specialized training as members of the California Farm Bureau Federation 2006 Leadership Farm Bureau program. The program allows participants to develop their leadership skills and become more familiar with the issues facing California family farms and ranches.
Training for the 2006 class includes lectures, group discussions and trips to Washington, D.C., and to Mexico. The Washington trip focuses on legislative issues and the Mexico trip will be devoted to trade and other international issues. Class members will also tour Central Valley water facilities, to learn about the state's water-supply system.
Members of the 2006 Leadership Farm Bureau class include:
- Vincent Brooke, Imperial County, hay grower and president of Imperial County Farm Bureau;
- Jeff Carlton, Sonoma County, vineyard manager for Dutton Ranch of Sebastopol;
- April England, Monterey County, water quality coordinator for Monterey County Farm Bureau;
- Kathleen Foret, Yuba/Sutter County, loan officer for Sacramento Valley Farm Credit in Yuba City;
- Joey Gonsalves, Stanislaus County, cattle rancher and feed sales coordinator for Stanislaus Farm Supply;
- John Herlihy, Stanislaus County, cattle rancher and vice president of marketing for Yosemite Farm Credit;
- Stan Kellogg, Tuolumne County, cattle rancher and agriculture teacher at Don Pedro High School;
- Katie Matthews, San Joaquin County, director of education and programs for San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation;
- Lorraine Tunzi, Mendocino County, partner with her husband on a ranch that raises beef, sheep and timber;
- Joe Valente, San Joaquin County, vineyard and orchard manager for John Kautz Farms in Lodi;
- Patty Van Dam, San Bernardino County, dairy farmer and president of San Bernardino County Farm Bureau;
- Melissa Yerxa, Colusa County, marketing and business development associate with Davis Fresh Technologies.
"We appreciate the dedication that Leadership Farm Bureau participants show to Farm Bureau and to family farming in California," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said. "By identifying and training new leaders, the Leadership Farm Bureau program serves a crucial role in our organization."
Members of the 2006 class will conclude their Leadership Farm Bureau program at the CFBF Annual Meeting this December in Anaheim.
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