Farm Bureau leadership program selects 12 members
» February 26, 2008 «
A 12-member class has been selected for the California Farm Bureau Federation 2008 Leadership Farm Bureau program. Participants will receive specialized training in leadership skills and on the issues facing California family farmers and ranchers.
Members of the class will undergo some 250 hours of training, in a yearlong program that includes lectures, group discussions and travel. The group will visit Washington, D.C., to focus on national issues; Mexico, to learn about international trade; and tour Central Valley water facilities.
The 2008 Leadership Farm Bureau class includes:
- Amy Blagg, Sacramento County, program director for the Sacramento County Farm Bureau;
- Shannon Douglass, Glenn County, cattle rancher and outreach coordinator for the California State University, Chico, College of Agriculture;
- Kurt Hoekstra, Stanislaus County, partner in a dairy and a calf ranch;
- Stephanie Intveld, Yolo County, a loan officer with American Ag Credit;
- Steve Kafka, Calaveras County, forester and president of the Calaveras County Farm Bureau;
- Kevin Kohnen, Tulare County, a plant health specialist for a commercial nursery;
- Robert Lauchland, San Joaquin County, winegrape grower;
- Jim Morris, Siskiyou County, partner in his family's hay and livestock ranch;
- Greg Overton, Glenn County, partner in a family-owned almond farm;
- Kevin Robertson, San Joaquin County, diversified farmer;
- Amy Roberts, Kings County, communications director for the Kings County Farm Bureau;
- Charlie Starr Jr., San Joaquin County, a pest control advisor for vineyards.
"There's nothing more important to an organization than finding and training new leaders," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said. "Our Leadership Farm Bureau program prepares leaders to serve Farm Bureau and California agriculture."
The 2008 class concludes its activities this December at the CFBF Annual Meeting in Burlingame.
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