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Farm Bureau re-elects statewide officers

Issue Date: December 18, 2019
By Kevin Hecteman
Delegates from county Farm Bureaus re-elected California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson, First Vice President Shannon Douglass and Second Vice President Shaun Crook during the organization’s 101st Annual Meeting in Monterey.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
More than 660 people attended the 101st California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting.
Photo/Dave Kranz

The California Farm Bureau Federation's top three officers all won new terms at the 101st CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey.

President Jamie Johansson, First Vice President Shannon Douglass and Second Vice President Shaun Crook each ran unopposed and were re-elected by acclamation by the House of Delegates. All three were first voted into their posts in 2017.

Johansson, the 16th CFBF president, grows olives and citrus and owns an olive-oil company in Butte County. He was elected CFBF second vice president in 2009 and first vice president in 2015, before succeeding Paul Wenger two years ago after Wenger had served the maximum eight years in the post.

Johansson called the opportunity to lead CFBF "the honor of a lifetime."

"When you serve as an officer of California Farm Bureau, it is all-encompassing," Johansson said. "You do find yourself at times in places where you just have to let your passion for agriculture guide and direct you."

He thanked the House of Delegates and other Farm Bureau members for "the faith, trust and expectation you put in the officer team and me personally as president."

Johansson said the work of Farm Bureau members helped him take CFBF's message from the steps of the state Capitol to the governor's office to the White House.

"I was in the Oval Office because of the California Farm Bureau," Johansson said, referring to a meeting last May when he and other agricultural leaders joined President Donald Trump as he announced a trade-relief program for American farmers. "That was all (due to) the efforts you put in talking about trade."

Douglass and her husband, Kelly, run cattle and grow field crops and pumpkins in Glenn County. She also serves on the Glenn County Farm Bureau board of directors.

"We all appreciate the honor to serve you," Douglass said. "It's a lot of exciting work going on in California Farm Bureau, and we appreciate you letting us be part of that and helping move us forward."

Crook, a former Tuolumne County Farm Bureau president, is a licensed timber operator and runs a logging company along with his father.

Crook praised the work of county Farm Bureau leaders who served as delegates to the Annual Meeting.

"Thank you for the work that you do at home," he said, noting he'd been to 70 county Farm Bureau events since taking office. "It's truly impressive. It's what makes our organization."

Jennifer Beretta, a Sonoma County dairy farmer, was elected to chair the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, succeeding Daniel Bays of Stanislaus County. She will be the lone newcomer to the CFBF Board of Directors.

Delegates returned a dozen members to the CFBF board: Al Stehly of Valley Center represents Imperial and San Diego counties; Terry Munz of Lancaster represents Los Angeles and Orange counties; Jenny Holtermann of Wasco represents Kern and Kings counties; Donny Rollin of Riverdale represents Fresno County; Tom Rogers of Madera represents Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties; Jan Garrod of Saratoga represents San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties; Joe Martinez of Winters represents Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties; Ron Peterson of Hilmar represents Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties; David Barhydt of Grass Valley represents Butte, Nevada and Yuba-Sutter counties; Dominic Carinalli of Sebastopol represents Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties; Tom Stewart of Tulelake represents Lassen, Modoc and Plumas-Sierra counties; and Blake Alexandre of Crescent City represents Del Norte and Humboldt counties.

CFBF delegates also elected Fresno County farmer and CFBF board member Donny Rollin as an alternate delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention next month in Austin, Texas; the three CFBF officers will serve as delegates there.

(Kevin Hecteman is an assistant editor of Ag Alert. He may be contacted at

Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.

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