Leadership Farm Bureau announces class of 2012
» February 8, 2012 «
This week marked the beginning of a year-long training program for 10 Farm Bureau leaders from California. The 2012 Leadership Farm Bureau class met in Sacramento to kick off more than 250 hours of instruction in subjects including public speaking, media relations, political advocacy, personal development and the Farm Bureau organization.
This year's class will participate in an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., as well as a trip to the San Joaquin Valley, where they will discuss issues important to farmers and ranchers. A trip to Texas will then allow the group to compare and contrast what they have seen in California with the forces affecting farmers and ranchers in other regions of the country.
Farm Bureau members selected for the 2012 Leadership Farm Bureau class include:
- Tara Brocker, Nicolaus, a rice farmer and second vice president of the Yuba-Sutter County Farm Bureau;
- 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, first-generation walnut grower and president of the Tehama County Farm Bureau;
- 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, fourth-generation walnut and almond farmer and a member of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Board of Directors;
- Jennifer Williams, San Jose, executive director of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau and fourth-generation rice and walnut farmer.
The participants' training will culminate at a graduation ceremony at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting this December in Pasadena.
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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