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Paul Wenger elected California Farm Bureau president

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Paul Wenger at the 91st California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
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A third-generation farmer from Modesto has been elected president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Paul Wenger was elected today by delegates to the organization’s 91st Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

Wenger, who grows walnuts and almonds, becomes the 15th president of the state’s largest farm organization. He has been a statewide officer of the organization since 1997, when he was elected second vice president. He was elected first vice president in 2005.

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“As folks in Modesto know, I’m a hands-on farmer and I’ll be a hands-on president,” Wenger told delegates following his election to a two-year term. “I’m ready to go to work. Thank you for giving me this chance and believe me, I will make you proud.”

Delegates elected Kenny Watkins of Linden as first vice president of the organization. Watkins had been second vice president of the Farm Bureau since 2005. He raises beef cattle and grows alfalfa, processing tomatoes, walnuts and grain hay.

A farmer from Oroville, Jamie Johansson, was elected second vice president. Johansson serves as a vice president of the Butte County Farm Bureau and is a former state chairman of the CFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. He grows olives and operates an olive oil company.

Eight members were newly elected to the CFBF Board of Directors: Dennis Atkinson of Lebec, Matt Conant of Rio Oso, Mich Etchebarne of Modesto, Cathie Pierce of Catheys Valley, John Pierson of Vacaville, David Roberti of Loyalton, John Vevoda of Ferndale and Norm Yenni of Sonoma.

Maria Azevedo of Merced was elected to chair the statewide Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and will serve as an advisory member of the CFBF board.

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 81,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 5 million Farm Bureau members.

Contact: Dave Kranz
Phone: 916/561-5550

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