Wenger elected to American Farm Bureau Board
» January 13, 2011 «
Saying he will work to assure that issues facing Western farmers and ranchers remain a national priority, California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger has been elected to the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. Wenger was elected by fellow Western Region delegates during the AFBF Annual Meeting in Atlanta this week.
“I’m excited about joining the AFBF board and the opportunity to work on a regular basis with other farm leaders from throughout the country,” Wenger said. “Farmers and ranchers in California and other Western states face unique issues and pressures, such as Endangered Species Act restrictions, water shortages and farm-labor concerns. I’ll work with my fellow Western Region representatives to make sure resolving those issues is a high national priority.”
Wenger will serve as one of five Western Region representatives on the 34-member AFBF board, which is composed of state Farm Bureau presidents. The board oversees operation of a nationwide network of nearly 6.3 million members that serves as a unified voice of American agriculture.
“It’s the ability to bring farmers and ranchers from all over the country together to speak as one that allows Farm Bureau to maintain its influential role in American agricultural policy,” Wenger said. “I’m honored to join the board and to work for national policies that benefit farmers, ranchers and the consumers who depend on them.”
Wenger, who grows almonds and walnuts near Modesto, was elected California Farm Bureau president in 2009.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of approximately 76,500 members statewide.
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