Matteis named California Farm Bureau administrator
» June 7, 2007 «
An experienced agricultural advocate and executive has been named administrator of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Richard Matteis will begin his duties with the state's largest farm organization Aug. 1.
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Matteis has served since 1980 as chief executive officer of the California Grain and Feed Association, a Sacramento-based organization representing farmers, manufacturers and marketers of grains, hay and other feed crops. The association also provides management services and legislative advocacy for two-dozen agricultural associations.
"Rich Matteis has the ideal background for a general farm organization such as ours and can hit the ground running," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said. "In his more than 30 years of experience as an advocate for farmers and ranchers, he has dealt with all the issues that we've dealt with. He also knows how to manage a large organization that provides many services to a variety of members throughout California."
Before joining the Grain and Feed Association, Matteis served concurrently as executive secretary of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau and the Alameda County Farm Bureau, and as a field representative for the California Farm Bureau.
"Rich is well-respected, knows the issues and knows Farm Bureau," Mosebar said. "His knowledge and experience will be extremely valuable in guiding our staff and advising our volunteer leaders."
A resident of Roseville, Matteis grew up on farms and ranches in Santa Clara and Mendocino counties. He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 92,000 members.
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