Eleven Farm Bureau members from throughout California have earned recognition for completing a year of intensive training in the Leadership Farm Bureau program. The Leadership Farm Bureau Class of 2011 graduated during an event held at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nev., as part of the 93rd California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.
“The members of this Leadership Farm Bureau class represent a variety of occupations vital to agriculture throughout our state, from ranchers and farmers to pest control advisors, law enforcement and crop insurance claims adjusters,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger says.
“They can now take what they have learned from the program back to their respective organizations and help become the next leaders in agriculture.”
The 2011 Leadership Farm Bureau class included Peter Bauer, Mendocino County; Amanda Carvajal, Merced County; Bruce Fry, San Joaquin County; Sara Hansen, San Joaquin County; Marc Hooper, Lake County; Mary Junqueiro, San Joaquin County; Luke Reimers, Glenn County; Nick Short, Stanislaus County; Lyndi Smith, Tulare County; Darin Titus, Glenn County; and Jordan Whaley, Tulare County.
The graduates gained 250 hours of specialized training focused on leadership skills and current affairs, plus insight into how Farm Bureau operates.
As part of the training, the Leadership Farm Bureau class traveled to Sacramento and to Washington, D.C., to learn about key issues and meet with legislators, members of Congress and government agency officials.
California Farm Bureau provided information for this article.