Leadership Farm Bureau announces 2011 class
» February 8, 2011 «
Eleven Farm Bureau leaders from California gathered in Sacramento this week to begin an intensive, year-long training program, Leadership Farm Bureau. During 2011, participants will receive more than 250 hours of instruction in subjects including public speaking, working with the news media, political advocacy, personal development and the Farm Bureau organization.
The Leadership Farm Bureau class will take part in activities including advocacy trips to both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.; an agricultural issues tour of the San Joaquin Valley; and a trip to the Midwest to learn about forces affecting farmers and ranchers in that part of the nation.
Farm Bureau members selected for the 2011 Leadership Farm Bureau class include:
• Peter Bauer, Mendocino County, a fifth-generation cattle rancher;
• Amanda Carvajal, Merced County, executive director of the Merced County Farm Bureau;
• Bruce Fry, San Joaquin County, grape grower and first vice president of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation;
• Sara Hansen, San Joaquin County, office manager for San Joaquin Valley Crop Management;
• Marc Hooper, Lake County, consultant for Ag Unlimited and first vice president of the Lake County Farm Bureau;
• Mary Junqueiro, San Joaquin County, Central Valley regional coordinator for California FarmLink;
• Luke Reimers, Glenn County, a cattle rancher and hay grower who works as a vice president of Umpqua Bank;
• Nick Short, Stanislaus County, ranch manager for the Short Ranch walnut farm;
• Lyndi Smith, Tulare County, account manager for Innovative Ag Services LLC;
• Darin Titus, Glenn County, farm manager for the Hart Farms almond operation and second vice president of the Glenn County Farm Bureau;
• Jordan Whaley, Tulare County, a cattle rancher and walnut grower who works as a rural crime detective for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.
The Leadership Farm Bureau class will meet for seven multi-day sessions throughout the year, culminating in graduation at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting this December in Sparks, Nev.
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of approximately 76,500 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of nearly 6.3 million Farm Bureau members.
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