Board of Directors

Paul Wenger, President

A third-generation farmer, Paul Wenger farms almonds and walnuts on the family farm in Modesto, which includes property purchased by his grandfather in 1910. His farming operations also include sharecropping, custom farm work and walnut hulling. He has expanded his operation to include processing and marketing of almonds and walnuts through his Wood Colony Nut Co., to provide an opportunity for the fourth generation of the family to vertically integrate into the family farming operation.

Wenger has been active in community affairs, serving on the Salida Volunteer Fire Department, the Hart-Ransom School Board of Trustees, and the Stanislaus Land Trust and Agricultural Pavilion boards. He has served as president of the California Farm Bureau Federation since 2009.

 

Jamie Johansson

Jamie Johansson grows olives in Oroville and operates an olive oil company, Lodestar Farms. He is a co-founder of the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Association and a former board member of the California Olive Oil Council.

He served four years on the Oroville City Council, which selected him to serve as vice mayor. His community involvement also includes service on the Oroville Chamber of Commerce board.

He received the Business Advocate of the Year award from the Chico Chamber of Commerce and his farm was named Butte County Specialty Farm of the Year by the Chico Economic Planning Corp. He has served as Second Vice President of the California Farm Bureau Federation from 2009-2015 and is currently the First Vice President.

 

Tony Toso

Tony Toso raises beef cattle on a family ranch in Hornitos and is a partner and chief financial officer of Edwards, Lien & Toso Inc., an agricultural appraisal firm in Hilmar.

Toso earned a degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business from California State University, Fresno. In 2008, he was awarded the professional designation of Accredited Rural Appraiser by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Toso serves on the board of directors of the California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He has served on the Mariposa County Agricultural Advisory Committee since 2005, and has also served on the board of directors of the Producers Livestock Marketing Association and on the California Cattlemen's Association Tax and Finance Committee.

Tony was elected second vice president of the California Farm Bureau Federation in December 2015.