President: Donny Rollin
Since 1929, Donny Rollinís family has been part of the California dairy industry in the Riverdale area. Today, he ranches with his brother, Andy, and his mother, Carol. The third-generation farmerís operation consists mostly of purebred Holsteins and is a part of California Dairies, Inc. Rollin also grows almonds and pistachios.
Rollin has served as the FCFB dairy commodity chairman, secretary/treasurer, as well as the first and second vice presidents. In addition to Farm Bureau, Rollin has served on the local Holstein Association Board and the local Dairy Herd Improvement Association Board. Rollin also serves as a community club leader for Riverdale 4-H and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) at his local church, St. Annís Catholic Church.
Rollin received his bachelorís degree in dairy science and a minor in agricultural business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Rollin and his wife, Christina, live in Riverdale and have four children, Tristan, Noah, Laila and Siena.
First Vice President: Matthew Efird
Matthew Efird is a fifth-generation farmer, managing his familyís 125-year-old farm near Caruthers. He and his father, Russel, own and operate Double E Farms Inc., a diversified farming operation consisting of almonds, walnuts, wine grapes and raisins. Efird also owns and operates Efird Ag Enterprises Inc., which specializes in commercial harvesting, trucking and brush shredding.
Efird graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in fruit science, a minor in ag business and an unwritten minor in plant protection science. After graduating, Efird received his Pest Control Advisors (PCA) License before returning to the family farm.
Efird is no stranger to Farm Bureau. He is a third-generation FCFB officer; both his father, Russel Efird, and his grandfather, Irwin Efird, served as presidents for the organization. Since joining the FCFB Board of Directors, Matthew has served as a director at large, as the almond and nuts commodity chairman and as a delegate for FCFB. Efird is the treasurer for the Agricultural Energy Consumers Association Board, chairman of the Caruthers Union School District Oversight Committee and is currently participating as a fellow of the California Ag Leadership Program, Class XLV.
Efird and his wife, Kelsey, live in the Caruthers area and have two children, Jameson and Jenson.
Second Vice President: Daniel Hartwig
Daniel Hartwig is a fourth-generation grape farmer from Easton. He also works as the procurement manager at Woolf Farming and Processing, which is a diversified farming operation that grows almonds, processing tomatoes, pistachios, grapes, onions and garlic. Hartwig oversees the companyís capital expenditures and manages special activities such as well and pipeline installation and solar projects.
Over the years, Hartwigís family raised grapes for wine and raisins, turkeys, alfalfa, cotton and tree fruit. Today, his brother, David, and him farm almonds. He received his bachelorís degree in agricultural economics and a masterís degree in business administration at California State University, Fresno.
Hartwig and his wife, Jennifer, reside in the Fresno area with their two children, Brooke and Colby.
Secretary/Treasurer: Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson has been a part of the agricultural community his entire life. He grew up on a farm in Sanger, where he was exposed to grapes, oranges, almonds and field crops. Thompson is a graduate of Sanger High School and Reedley College. Since the mid-1970s, Thompson has been on the staff of Fresno Madera Farm Credit, serving as a chattel appraiser, specializing in non-real estate assets.
Thompson also has extensive experience in the livestock industry, serving on the boards of several organizations, including the Clovis Rodeo Association, Fresno-Kings Cattlemenís Association, Friends of Rodeo, Champions Club and the Junior Livestock Auction Committee at the Big Fresno Fair. Thompson has also served on the Reedley College Ag Backers and the Ag Advisory Committee. Thompson has served as the FCFB livestock commodity chair and the organizationís executive committee.
In addition, Thompson serves as an announcer for rodeos and horse shows. He was recently recognized for his dedication to the future of agriculture as a Farm Credit Top 100 Fresh Perspectives Honoree.
Thompson currently lives in the Madera Ranchos area with his wife, Karen.
Appointed By President: Pat Ricchiuti
Pat Ricchiuti is a third-generation diversified fresh fruit and nut crop grower-packer-shipper. He is a principle in the Clovis-based P-R Farms, which was honored in 2002 as the Agriculture Business of the Year.
Pat is greatly involved in his community and is recognized as a leader in the agricultural industry. Pat has served Fresno County Farm Bureau in a variety of leadership roles. He served as FCFB president from 2004-06.
Pat also serves as Chairman of the California State University Agricultural Research Initiative Board, President of the Garfield Water District, President of California Fresh Apricot Council, Chairman of the California State University, Fresno Agricultural Foundation, Director and Past President of California State University, Fresno Ag One Foundation, and as a Director for the California Grape and Tree Fruit League. Additionally, Pat is a member of the Nisei Farmers League, California Olive Committee, Kings River Water Political Action Committee, and the California State University, Fresno Plant Science Pomology Advisory Committee. Moreover, Pat serves as a Board of Trustee for Children’s Hospital Central California and for the Fresno State Bulldog Foundation. Pat is also a Director for the Foundation for Clovis Schools, member and Past Chairman of Clovis Unified’s Ag Advisory Council, and a past member of Clovis Unified School District’s Governing Board. Pat is currently a member of the Fresno Business Council, Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Chamber of Commerce, and the Clovis Rotary Club.
Pat is married to Vinci Petrosino Ricchiuti and they have three children: Vincent, Cristina, and Andriana.
Appointed By President: Ken Tatami
Ken is a third-generation farmer who was born and raised in the Reedley area on the family farm. The family grew, packed and shipped deciduous tree fruit, table grapes, raisins, and strawberries. He continues to reside in Reedley with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Ashley. Mary’s family owns and operates a dairy in Merced County.
Ken attended and graduated from Reedley High School. He then went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he received his bachelor's degree in agricultural business administration in 1982. He has been employed in agricultural lending for over 25 years with the Farm Credit System and is currently working for Farm Credit West in their Dinuba office. He also took over the family farming operation in 1989. Today, he continues to farm 20 acres of deciduous tree fruit in the Reedley area.
Appointed By President: Stephen Vasquez
Steven Vasquez began his tenure on the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) Board of Directorsí in 1999, serving as a liaison between the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and FCFB. In 2013, after beginning his current position as a research agronomist at Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc., Vasquez became the grape commodity chair for FCFB.
CFBF District Director: Dan Errotabere
Dan Errotabere is a general partner of a family farming operation in Riverdale and Huron. Errotabere, a third-generation farmer, farms with his mother and two brothers, producing Pima cottons, wheat, cantaloupe, market and seed lettuce, cannery tomatoes, processing garlic and onions, pistachio and almonds.
Errotabere has a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from California State University, Fresno, and is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership, Class XXI, a two year fellowship program.
Errotabere currently serves on the board of directors for Westlands Water District, the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority, Family Farm Alliance, Agricultural Foundation for California State University, Fresno, the Ag One Foundation and California Cotton Growers Association. He served as the FCFB president from 2008-10.
UC Cooperative Extension: Shannon Mueller
Shannon Mueller is the UC Cooperative Extension director for Fresno and Madera counties. She serves as a non-voting member of the Board and Executive Committee.
CEO/Executive Director: Ryan Jacobsen
Ryan Jacobsen, of Easton, is the executive director for Fresno County Farm Bureau, overseeing the administration of the 4,000-plus member agricultural organization.
Jacobsen is no stranger to Farm Bureau or agriculture. He previously served as FCFBís issues coordinator and as the organizationís membership coordinator.
Jacobsen is a honors graduate of California State University, Fresno with a masterís degree in business administration and a bachelorís degree in animal science. While at Fresno State, Jacobsen served two terms as associated student body president and was recognized as the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Deanís Medalist and Craig School of Business Graduate Deanís Medalist.
Jacobsen is the fourth generation of two Fresno County farm families. He serves on the boards of the Fresno Irrigation District, Fresno State Ag One Foundation and the Craig School of Business. He is also the host of the local television show, Valley's Gold.
Fresno County Farm Bureau represents members on air quality, land use, water, labor and agricultural-related issues.