Leadership Farm Bureau taps two in Tulare County
This intensive leadership development program begins each year in February with an orientation seminar held in Sacramento at the state’s largest farming organization’s headquarters. At the orientation, class participants are introduced for the first time, and begin to plan for a busy year of training, public speaking, critical thinking dialogue, travel, lobbying, and leadership exploration programs.
Ten participants have been selected from throughout California. Participants must be active in their local county Farm Bureaus and demonstrate the potential for leadership and future service in the Farm Bureau organization. The training program involves more than 250 hours of professional development activities.
Tulare County Farm Bureau has had a strong commitment to nominating individuals for Leadership Farm Bureau, with a number of past graduates. In the 2013 program, Karen Whaley of Exeter and Carrie Crane of Visalia have been selected for this prestigious program.
Karen Whaley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Hardin Simmons University and is a consultant for various agriculture organizations. Karen previously worked as an Associate for Passport Capital where she was a part of their agriculture strategy investing in companies worldwide.
Currently she and her husband Jordan run a cow-calf, beef cattle operation and Karen is the District Representative to the CFBF State YF&R Committee representing Tulare County. Both Jordan and Karen are members of the TCFB Board of Directors and take an active role in their local Farm Bureau. Karen coordinated an auction to benefit FARM PAC at the 2012 Bounty of the County event, and actively volunteers to help promote the YF&R state and local programs.
Carrie Crane is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she earned a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness and a Bachelor’s Degree in Dairy Science. At Cal Poly, she was actively involved in the Los Lecheros Dairy Club, Alpha Zeta Professional Fraternity, College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow and a member of Cal Poly’s North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Team.
While attending Cal Poly, Carrie worked at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande as a Lead Tasting Room attendant and also took part in assisting with and organizing many winery events. Carrie began working for the Tulare County Farm Bureau in June 2011 and coordinates the education, membership, and newspaper responsibilities of the organization. Carrie is actively involved in many agricultural education projects in the County; serves on the International Agri-Center’s education committee, and participates in the local Tulare-Kings California Women for Agriculture chapter.
“Both young women are already outstanding leaders in their respective fields, and we are very proud to see them involved in this worthwhile leadership development training experience,” said President of Tulare County Farm Bureau, Steve Godlin.