Fresno County Farm Bureau Board
Mark Thompson, President
Mark serves as chattel appraiser for Fresno Madera Farm Credit, specializing in non-real estate assets. He is also involved in several organizations including the Clovis Rodeo Association, Fresno-Kings Cattlemen's Association, Champions Club, the Junior Livestock Auction Committee at the Big Fresno Fair and three different committees for Reedley Junior College.
Ryan Indart, Vice President
Ryan is a fourth-generation sheep producer and owner of The Indart Group. Along with running a large sheep operation, Ryan and his family farm cherries, oranges, almonds and dry land wheat. He is also involved in the California Wool Growers Association and the Western Range Association.
Nick Rocca, Treasurer
Nick is a fourth-generation farmer who has experience with grapes, almonds and vegetables. Nick owns Dakota Acres, a local boutique pumpkin patch. He is involved in diversified farming, land management, and custom grape and almond harvesting. Nick is also the Autonomous Project Manager for FieldIn.
Lorna Roush, Secretary
Lorna is a fifth-generation farmer and rancher, whose family's operation, Schultz Ranch, Inc., is located in Burrel. In recent years, the operation has transitioned to permanent crops, including almonds, pistachios and wine grapes. Roush is a past president for California Women for Ag Central Valley Chapter and serves on the Jordan College Ag One Board.
Board of Directors
Gilbert is FCFB’s Rural Health Chair. He comes to the Board with several years of experience in human resources and safety training for ag employees and employers. Currently, Gilbert works for Fowler Packing as a training manager.
Lucy grew up on her family's dairy in the Central Valley after moving from Terceira, Azores when she was two years old. Today, Lucy and her family run their dairy, A&M Farms, and grow corn, alfalfa and winter forage.
John is a fourth-generation diversified farmer in the Selma area. He farms alongside his parents, Bill and Carol Chandler, and brother, Tom. His great-grandfather started the farm in 1888. John has extensive experience in agricultural politics and policy.
Maddie moved to Fresno from Northern California to attend Fresno State. She now works in fruit procurement & grower relations for Tree Top and serves as the Fresno Co-Chair for Fresno Madera Young Farmers and Ranchers.
Brent is the Grower Relations Manager for Sun-Maid Growers of California. Sun-Maid has been the California raisin industry leader since 1912.
Bailey comes from a family of ranchers in East Clovis. She helps manage the family's cattle herd and works as the executive administrative assistant for the Kings River Water Association.
Bob is a longtime beekeeper in Western Fresno County
Melissa leads production performance, accounting, and compliance for the live production department for Pitman Family Farms. She keeps track of the performance of all chickens, ducks, and turkeys for the entire company. Pitman Farms is also Certified Humane and part of the Global Animal Partnership, her responsibilities include making sure that the farms are in compliance with these auditing bodies and is the point of contact with these organizations.
Daniel is a fourth-generation farmer from Easton. He is the resource manager at Woolf Enterprises, a diversified farming operation that grows almonds, processing tomatoes, pistachios, grapes and garlic. Hartwig manages the farm's water resources, capital purchasing and regulatory compliance.
Jeremy is the sales manager for Baloian Farms, a fourth-generation family operation headquartered in Fresno that grows, packs and distributes fresh vegetables throughout North America. Lane’s passion for agriculture was born after farming a sweet red onion crop in high school.
Matt is a Diversified farmer in the Easton- Fowler area. Matt is the owner of Lindsey Farms which owns, leases, farms manages and custom farms Raisins, almonds, citrus and cherries. He also does grape and almond harvesting.
Heather is a fourth generation citrus grower and the chief operating officer for Mulholland Citrus located in Orange Cove. The operation produces citrus, almonds and pistachios, along with nursery trees and beneficial insects. She is actively involved in several organizations in support of California Agriculture and the local community.
As the managing partner of GAR Bennett, LLC and CEO of the Gar and Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation, Karen oversees philanthropy and community engagement. She serves on numerous agricultural and non-profit organizations and is the 2020 Leon S. Peters Award recipient for her ethical and philanthropic leadership
Sal Parra Jr.
Sal Parra Jr. is the assistant farm manager for Burford Ranch, where he is responsible for various crops that include almonds, wine grapes, garlic, onions, alfalfa hay and parsley. He is a graduate of Class 46 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, and is actively involved with various organizations.
Navi, a third-generation farmer in the Fresno area, has deep roots in agriculture. His ancestors farmed in India for generations. In 1978, his parents immigrated to the United States and his father continued the tradition by farming Thompson seedless grapes for raisins.
George is a lifelong resident of Fresno County and has been farming in the Kerman area since 1976. He serves on the Fresno Irrigation District Board of Directors and is actively involved in the local rodeo scene.
Jon is the owner of Belmont Nursery, a grower and retailer of ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers, which was started in 1943. He is a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Foundation and serves on the Boards of AmericanHort, the National Nursery and Greenhouse Association.
Pat is a third-generation diversified fruit and nut crop grower-packer-shipper. He and his family own and operate P-R Farms, Inc. and the ENZO Olive Oil Company in Clovis. Pat is also involved with many agricultural organizations and previously served as FCFB president from 2004-06.
Since 1929, Donny's family has been part of the California dairy industry in the Riverdale area. 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. Donny served as FCFB president from 2016-18.
Alfreda is an active member of a third-generation farm family and operates an independent public relations and marketing agency. She earned her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from UC Davis, and is a graduate of Class 35 of the California Ag Leadership Program.
Jace is a farm manager for Sorensen Farms, LLC and Sorensen Harvesting, LLC. He aids in growing, replanting, transportation and sales for the company during blueberry season. Additionally, he manages crews during the company's commercial raisin harvest.