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Matthew Efird

President: Matthew Efird

Matthew Efird is a fifth-generation farmer, managing his family's 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 president; 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. [Board Profile]

Daniel Hartwig

First Vice President: Daniel Hartwig

Daniel Hartwig is a fourth-generation grape farmer from Easton. He also works as the resources manager at Woolf Enterprises, which is a diversified farming operation that grows almonds, processing tomatoes, pistachios, grapes, onions and garlic. Hartwig manages the farm's water resources, capital purchasing and regulatory compliance.

Over the years, Hartwig's family raised grapes for wine and raisins, turkeys, alfalfa, cotton and tree fruit. Today, his brother, David, and him farm almonds. He received his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and a master's 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. [Board Profile]

Second Vice President: 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 Cattlemen's 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 organization's 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. [Board profile]

Stephen Vasquez

Secretary/Treasurer: Stephen Vasquez

Steven Vasquez began his tenure on the FCFB Board of Directors in 1999, serving as a liaison between the University of California Cooperative Extension and FCFB.

Today, Vasquez serves as Director of Agronomy for Sun World International LLC (Sun World), which is a fruit breeder and licensor of proprietary grapes and stonefruit, as well as a grower and marketer of table grapes from its own California farms in the Coachella and San Joaquin Valleys.

In addition to his current position at Sun World, Vasquez participates in many community committees and boards. He received his bachelor's degree in plant science and a master's degree in plant pathology at the University of California, Davis.

Vasquez lives in the Fresno area with his wife, Debra. [Board profile]

Pat Ricchiuti

Appointed By President: John Chandler

Chandler is a fourth-generation diversified farmer in the Selma area. He farms with is parents, Bill and Carol. Chandler's great-grandfather started the farm in 1888 and grew grain.

Chandler graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in fruit science. Though his initial intent was to go into production agriculture, Chandler ended up taking a job in his second passion, politics and policy, where he worked for Congressman Doug Ose in Washington D.C.

Chandler eventually went on to work under Congressman Devin Nunes. After Congressman Nunes was elected, Chandler spent two years in Sacramento with the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) as a field representative. Chandler also worked for the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Today, Chandler has returned to the family farm, where they grow wine and raisin grapes, almonds, peaches, plums and nectarines. [Board profile]

Dan Errotabere

Appointed by President: 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.

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. [Board profile]

Pat Ricchiuti

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. 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.[Board profile]

Pat Ricchiuti

Appointed By President: Mark Sorensen

Mark Sorensen is a fifth-generation farmer in the Caruthers area. Alongside his wife, Kim, and his three daughters Johannah and husband Jace; Elizabeth and husband Jeff; Olivia and husband Michael; Sorensen owns and operates Triple Delight Blueberries and Sorensen Harvesting, LLC.

Sorensen has served on the FCFB Board as president from 2014-16. Sorensen has also served on a number of boards, including the Sun-Maid Raisin Board, San Joaquin Political Academy Board, Caruthers Fair Board and the Alvina Elementary Charter School Board. In addition, Sorensen is a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program, Class XXIII.

Sorensen and his family reside in the Caruthers area. [Board profile]

Donny Rollin

CFBF District Director: Donny Rollin

Since 1929, Donny Rollin's 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 farmer's operation consists mostly of purebred Holsteins and is a part of California Dairies, Inc. Rollin also grows almonds and pistachios.

Rollin has served in a variety of leadership roles within the organization, most recently as president from 2016-18. 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. Ann's Catholic Church.

Rollin received his bachelor's 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. [Board profile]

Ryan Jacobsen

UC Cooperative Extension: Dr. Shannon Mueller

Dr. 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.

Dr. Mueller brings more than 30 years of experience with UCCE to the position. When she was hired in 1988, she began as the agronomy farm advisor. In her early years, she focused on alfalfa hay and seed production and later expanded her focus to dry beans, apiary and, for a short time, vegetable crops.

After receing her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside, she went on to attend Cornell University, where she received her Ph.D. [Board profile]

Ryan Jacobsen

CEO/Executive Director: Ryan Jacobsen

Ryan Jacobsen, of Easton, is the CEO/Executive Director for Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB), overseeing the administration of the member agricultural organization.

Jacobsen is no stranger to Farm Bureau or agriculture. He previously served as FCFB's issues coordinator and as the organization's membership coordinator, beginning in 2004.

Jacobsen is a honors graduate of California State University, Fresno with a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's 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 Dean's Medalist and Craig School of Business Graduate Dean's Medalist.

Jacobsen is the fourth generation of two Fresno County farm families. He currently serves as president of the Fresno Irrigation District Board of Directors and the Craig School of Business. He is also the host of the local television show, Valley's Gold.