Leadership transition highlights Farm Bureau annual meeting
» November 28, 2005 «
For the first time in nearly a decade, the state's largest farm organization will choose a new leader.
The California Farm Bureau Federation will elect a new president next week, as it builds momentum to address the wide variety of issues confronting family farmers and ranchers. The Farm Bureau will also establish policies for the coming year during its 87th annual meeting, Dec. 4-7 at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey.
The new president, who will be elected on Wednesday, Dec. 7, will be the 14th in the federation's history and will succeed Bill Pauli, who has served the maximum four terms as president.
Pauli, a Mendocino County winegrape and pear grower, has led the California Farm Bureau since 1997 and has served as a statewide officer and director of the federation for 27 years. He will sum up his term and describe issues facing agriculture and Farm Bureau during an address to be given during the meeting's opening ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 5.
Pauli will discuss the full range of issues facing family farmers and ranchers, including:
- Why California agriculture is at such a pivotal time, and what he sees ahead;
- The changing California consumer and immense changes in markets;
- The role of biotechnology and other new technologies on the farm;
- The impact of world trade and global trade talks on California farmers and ranchers;
- The importance of political action and consumer education by family farmers.
"Bill Pauli leaves a tremendous legacy of accomplishment," California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said. "He's passionate, he's knowledgeable and he's a fighter for the family farm."
The CFBF House of Delegates begins debating the organization's policies on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and formally adopts those policies the following day.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 88,000 members statewide.
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