Graduation ceremony held for 2011 Leadership Farm Bureau Class
» December 5, 2011 «
Eleven Farm Bureau members from throughout California have earned recognition for completing a year of intensive training in the Leadership Farm Bureau program. The Leadership Farm Bureau Class of 2011 graduated during an event held at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nev., as part of the 93rd California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.
"The members of this Leadership Farm Bureau class represent a variety of occupations vital to agriculture in our state, from ranchers and farmers to pest control advisors, law enforcement, and crop insurance claims adjusters," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. "They can now take what they have learned from the program back to their respective organizations and help become the next leaders in agriculture."
The 2011 Leadership Farm Bureau class included Peter Bauer, Mendocino County; Amanda Carvajal, Merced County; Bruce Fry, San Joaquin County; Sara Hansen, San Joaquin County; Marc Hooper, Lake County; Mary Junqueiro, San Joaquin County; Luke Reimers, Glenn County; Nick Short, Stanislaus County; Lyndi Smith, Tulare County; Darin Titus, Glenn County; and Jordan Whaley, Tulare County.
The graduates gained 250 hours of specialized training focused on leadership skills and current affairs, plus insight into how Farm Bureau operates and its priorities in working to protect family farms and ranches.
As part of the training, the Leadership Farm Bureau class traveled to Sacramento and to Washington, D.C., to learn about key issues and meet with legislators, members of Congress and government agency leaders. The group also visited Illinois and Missouri to discuss common issues with family farmers and agricultural leaders there.
The 2011 class marks the 12th group of leaders to complete the Leadership Farm Bureau program since it began in 2000. For more information, see www.cfbf.com/lfb/.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of nearly 6.3 million Farm Bureau members.
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