Leadership Farm Bureau class of 2012 graduates in Pasadena
» December 3, 2012 «
Ten 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 2012 graduated during an event held at the Pasadena Convention Center today during the 94th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.
"The Leadership Farm Bureau program has served as a foundation for many of our organization's leaders," CFBF President Paul Wenger said. "I want to congratulate these individuals on their hard work and dedication. I look forward to watching them take their experiences and new knowledge back to their communities and make a difference for California's farming and ranching community."
The graduates completed 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. The 2012 Leadership Farm Bureau class included:
- Tara Brocker, Nicolaus, a rice farmer;
- Jack Hamm, Lodi, manager at Lima Ranch, a 1600-cow dairy, farmer of corn, alfalfa and forage, and first vice president of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation;
- Eric Heinrich, Modesto, almond and walnut farmer and a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Board of Directors;
- Kristen Krohn, Kelseyville, administrative assistant at the Lake County Farm Bureau and market manager for LakeCountyGrown.com;
- Daniel Meza, Lodi, commercial lender at Farmers and Merchants Bank;
- Sam Mudd, Red Bluff, co-owner of AG-LAND Investment Brokers, walnut grower and president of the Tehama County Farm Bureau;
- Jennifer Scheer, San Jose, executive director of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau and a rice and walnut farmer;
- Antoinette "Toni" Scott, Chico, agribusiness consultant with Morrison and Co.;
- Mindy Sotelo, Hollister, executive director of the San Benito County Farm Bureau;
- Jake Wenger, Modesto, walnut and almond farmer and a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
As part of its training, the Leadership Farm Bureau class traveled throughout the San Joaquin Valley to speak with family farmers and ranchers, as well as to Sacramento and Washington, D.C., to learn about key issues and meet with legislators, members of Congress and government agency leaders. The group also visited Texas to discuss common issues with farmers and agricultural leaders there.
The 2012 class marks the 13th 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 more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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