Leadership graduates work for agriculture and community
» December 4, 2007 «
After an intensive program to sharpen their leadership skills and their knowledge of current issues, 13 Farm Bureau members graduated today as the Leadership Farm Bureau Class of 2007. Participants in the class received 250 hours of specialized training and were honored during the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Sparks, Nev.
The Leadership Farm Bureau participants committed themselves to help preserve, protect and promote family farms and ranches, while holding fast to the values of strong families and healthy communities.
"Farm Bureau succeeds by finding new leaders from within, and our Leadership Farm Bureau program helps its graduates become even more effective and active in their communities," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said.
The 2007 Leadership Farm Bureau class included Corrin Amaral, Stanislaus County; Ranetta Bron, Madera County; Amy Christensen-Wolfe, San Joaquin County; Jim Crisp, Kings County; Linsey Dale, Imperial County; Lesa Eidman-Carlton, Sacramento County; Molly Fagundes, Fresno County; Brad Goehring, San Joaquin County; Rachael Johnson, San Bernardino County; Stanton Lange, San Joaquin County; Mike Miya, Kings County; Kathye Rietkerk, San Bernardino County; and Chris Thomsen, Monterey County.
The graduates participated in a variety of leadership and team-building exercises, and traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with administration officials and congressional staff about key issues affecting family farms and ranches. The group also learned about the California water-supply system during a tour of Central Valley water facilities and visited Mexico to discuss agricultural trade.
The 2007 class marks the eighth group of leaders to complete the Leadership Farm Bureau training since the program began in 2000.
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