Tom Berryhill earns California Farm Bureau endorsement
» April 4, 2006 «
Tom Berryhill, a fourth-generation family farmer seeking election to the California Assembly, has won the endorsement of the state's largest farm organization. The California Farm Bureau Federation announced today that it has endorsed Berryhill for election in the 25th Assembly District.
"As a farmer himself, Tom Berryhill knows firsthand the need to protect California family farms and ranches," California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar said. "He is passionate about making sure that California agriculture remains part of our state's future."
Berryhill is seeking the Republican nomination in the district that includes Calaveras, Mariposa, Mono and Tuolumne counties and parts of Stanislaus and Madera counties. The six counties generate more than $3 billion annually in sales of agricultural products. The district's current representative, Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, has served the maximum three terms and has endorsed Berryhill.
A member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, Berryhill grows almonds and grapes. He has been active in many community and agricultural organizations.
"There are only a handful of farmers now serving in the Legislature," Mosebar said. "That's one reason we're so enthused about Tom's candidacy. It's crucial that the Legislature include members who understand what it's like to operate a family farm. We look forward to working with Tom in the state Assembly."
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 88,000 members throughout the state.
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