Leadership Farm Bureau class selected for 2004
» March 31, 2004 «
The California Farm Bureau Federation has announced the members of its Leadership Farm Bureau class for 2004. The class, consisting of 11 leaders from county Farm Bureaus, was selected from nominations submitted to the federation.
The Leadership Farm Bureau program encompasses 250 hours of specialized training, including trips, lectures, group discussions and personal development.Farm Bureau members participating in the Leadership Farm Bureau program for 2004 are:
- Lau Ackerman, Butte County. He is the crops coordinator for CSU Chico, where he oversees 600 acres of orchards, field crops and greenhouses.
- Carrie Basset, Amador County. Her family raises commercial beef cattle and market hogs.
- Marc Breckenridge, Yolo County. He is a field representative for AMD Rice Inc.
- Frank Devine, Monterey County. He is owner of Fresh From D'Vine, a firm that operates 26 weekly farmers' markets in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
- Dino John Giacomazzi, Kings County. He manages the 850-cow Giacomazzi Dairy and manages 500 acres of cropland.
- Melissa Heinrich, Monterey County. She is a produce field buyer.
- Jesus (Jesse) Lopez, Monterey County. He is a produce salesman.
- Mitzi Lucas, Stanislaus County. She is membership programs director for the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau.
- Thomas Orvis, Stanislaus County. He is the live-production supervisor at the Diestel Turkey Ranch.
- Ron Peterson, Stanislaus County. He is owner/operator of Alden Peterson & Sons Dairy.
- Shawn Rommel, Fresno County. He is vice president of public relations and marketing for the agricultural division of First American Title.
"This year's class is a diverse, enthusiastic group and we're excited about getting the program underway," said CFBF Leadership Farm Bureau Director Sarah Mora. "The class will have a busy year with a program that combines instruction, team activities and trips."
The class will take a trip to Washington, D.C., to learn about the legislative process and another to Mexico, to study trade and other international agricultural issues.
Class members will participate in seven weekend sessions to develop their leadership skills and learn more about issues facing California agriculture. The program concludes at the CFBF Annual Meeting this December in Sparks, Nev.
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