Deadline: July 12, 2013 4:00 p.m.
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The Achievement Award competition judges the operating efficiency of young farmers and ranchers and is based on leadership, creativity and proven success.
- First place wins $4,000 plus 250 hours use of a Kubota Tractor and a trip to the national AFBF Annual Meeting
- Second place wins $1,000
Congratulations Lisa and Rocky Donati
The Donatis receive their award at the 2012 CFBF Annual Meeting.
Lisa and Daniel "Rocky" Donati of Gridley earned the California Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award for their diversified rice and cattle operation. The Donatis manage 600 acres of rice and also run commercial cow-calf and registered Angus cattle herds.
Rocky Donati is a past president of the Butte County Farm Bureau and, in his award application, wrote that experience allowed him to see firsthand "the importance of county Farm Bureaus being actively engaged with local supervisors and city council members." He said he believes it is important to communicate with elected officials to share the stories and needs of family farms and ranches.
The couple met while attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and were married two months after graduating, Rocky with a degree in agribusiness and Lisa with a degree in nutritional science. The Donatis have three children.
As winners of the Achievement Award, the Donatis receive use of a Kubota tractor for one year, furnished by Kubota Tractor Corp., and a cash prize of $4,000. Contest sponsors include Cathie and Dick Bradley, the California Association of Pest Control Advisers, Farm Credit West, CoBank, American AgCredit and State Compensation Insurance Fund.
The Donatis will represent California in national competitions to be held next month at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Nashville.