President: Mark Sorensen
Since the late-1800s, Mark Sorensenís family has been farming in the Selma and Caruthers areas. Today, the fifth-generation farmer produces raisins and blueberries in the Caruthers area. He also operates a mechanical raisin harvesting business.
Sorensen was originally asked to join the FCFB Board as a director at large. Since then, he has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Second Vice President and First Vice President. He has also served on the boards of directors for Sun-Maid Raisins of California from 1997-2001 and the Alvina Elementary Charter School from 1997-2009. He has also served on the San Joaquin Political Academy Board. In addition, he chaired the Veteranís Memorial Committee in Caruthers, overseeing the fundraising and construction of the memorial for service men and women. He has spent 27 years as an active member of the Caruthers Fair Board, 15 of which as president.
Sorensen is a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, Class XXIII. He and his wife, Kim, live in the Caruthers area and have three daughters: Johannah and son-in-law Jace, Elizabeth and son-in-law Jeff, and Olivia.
First Vice President: Donny Rollin
Donny Rollin is a third-generation dairy farmer. The Rollinsí family dairy was started by his grandfather in 1929. The dairy is a part of California Dairies Inc., the largest dairy cooperative in California. In addition, Rollin farms almonds, as well as row crops including alfalfa, corn, oats, wheat and Sudan grass.
Rollin has served as the dairy commodity chairman, Secretary/Treasurer and Second Vice President on the FCFB Board of Directorsí. In addition to Farm Bureau, Rollin has served on the local Holstein Association Board and the local Dairy Herd Improvement Association Board.
Rollin graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1989, where he received a bachelorís degree in dairy science and a minor in agricultural business. Rollin and his wife, Christina, live in Riverdale and have four children: Tristan, Noah, Laila and Siena.
Second Vice President: Mayo Ryan
Mayo Ryan is the Water Resources Manager for Paramount Farming Company. Ryanís great-grandfather began farming cotton on Kearney Boulevard in 1919. His grandfather and father followed in his footsteps.
While Ryan was attending college, his father sold the familyís property, which gave him the opportunity to seek other positions in the industry. While in college, Ryan would work an ag-related job every summer. By the time he graduated, he had a large spectrum of industry experience.
Since 2010, Ryan has been a member of the FCFB Board of Directors and served as the almond and nuts commodity chairman, as well as the Secretary/Treasurer.
Ryan graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelorís degree in political science. In 1990, he received his MBA in agribusiness, also from Santa Clara University. After graduating, he worked as a wine grape grower, a chief financial officer for an almond processing plant, an agriculture financial consultant and served as the chairman for the California Wheat Commission, representing Fresno County. Ryan is also a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, Class XXX.
Ryan and his wife, Robyn, live in Fresno with their three children: Timothy, Erin and Keely.
Secretary/Treasurer: Matthew Efird
Matthew Efird is a fifth-generation grower, 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 in 1999 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 License (PCA) 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.
Matthew and his wife, Kelsey, live in the Caruthers area.
Appointed By President: Daniel Hartwig
FCFB Board member 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. Daniel oversees the companyís capital expenditures and manages special activities such as well and pipeline installation and solar projects.
Hartwigís great-grandparents on his paternal side immigrated to the United States as Germans from Russia in the early 1900s. His great-grandparents grew up farming the Volga River region before they sought new and better opportunities in the U.S. His grandfather on his paternal side was born half-a-mile down the street from where his father currently lives and farms in Easton. Over the years, Hartwigís family raised grapes for wine and raisins, turkeys, alfalfa, cotton and tree fruit.
Hartwig himself grew up on his familyís farm in Easton and as a child had responsibilities such as spreading turkey manure and tying canes.
Appointed by the President: Debbie Jacobsen
Third-generation farmer Debbie Jacobsen is a lifelong Fresno area resident. She is an owner/operator of J&L Vineyards, a family-owned farm in the Easton area with over 1,000 acres of raisin and wine grapes. J&L Vineyards was recognized as the Fresno County 2001 Ag Business of the Year, which is an award annually presented by the accounting firm of Baker, Peterson and Franklin. She was also recognized as the Chamberís Agriculturalist of the Year in 2012.
Jacobsen has spent more than 40 years as a resident of the Easton area and is known for her strong commitment and passion for Valley agriculture and education. For more than 20 years, she has shared that passion with the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB). From 2002-04, she served as the first woman president of the organization, where she focused on increasing the organization’s advocacy efforts on critical issues such as air quality and economic viability.
Jacobsen also is actively engaged in the Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors where she has served two years as board president. She was appointed to the Board by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 and appointed to a second term in 2008.
Jacobsen is married to Ray and they have three grown children - Ryan, his wife Ashley and their son Maverick; Brandon; and Megan.
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: Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson, of Clovis, has more than 30 years of experience in the agricultural finance and livestock industries.
Thompson is a graduate of Sanger High School and Reedley College. Since the early-1970s, Thompson has been on the staff of the Fresno Madera Farm Credit, serving as a chattel appraiser, specializing in non-real estate assets.
Thompson also has extensive experience in the livestock industry, currently serving on the boards of several organizations, including the Clovis Rodeo Association, Fresno-Kings Cattlemen’s Association, Friends of Rodeo, Champions Club and the Junior Livestock Auction Committee at the Big Fresno Fair. Thompson also serves on the Reedley College Ag Backers and the Ag Advisory Committee.
For more than 15 years, Thompson has served as the Livestock Commodity Chair for the Fresno County Farm Bureau. He also serves on the organization’s Executive Committee.
In addition, Thompson serves as an announcer for rodeos and horse shows.
Appointed By President: Stephen Vasquez
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.
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, as well is involved in the Easton Lions Club.
Fresno County Farm Bureau represents members on air quality, land use, water, labor and agricultural-related issues. Fresno County is one of the nation's leading agricultural counties, producing more than 400 commercial crops annually, totaling more than $6.44 billion dollars in gross production value in 2013.