2018 Recipient – Paul Wenger

Paul Wenger served as president of the California Farm Bureau Federation in December 2009 and was re-elected to his fourth and final term in 2015 and in December 2017, Mr. Wenger’s full term as president concluded. Wenger a third-generation farmer, farms almonds and walnuts on the family farm located in Modesto, which includes property purchased by his grandfather in 1910. His farming operations also include sharecropping, custom farm work and walnut hulling. In order to provide an opportunity for the fourth generation of the family to vertically integrate into the family farming operation, his operation includes an almond and walnut processing and marketing business under his Wood Colony Nut Company.

Wenger became a statewide officer in 1997 when he was elected Second Vice President. He was elected First Vice President in 2005. He also served as a member of the CFBF Board of Directors and chaired the CFBF Water Advisory Committee and the Board Water Development Task Force. He is a former President of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. In January 2011, he was elected to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Board of Directors and was re-elected in 2013. He also served on the Executive Committee of the AFBF.

Paul Wenger will be honored at the California State Fair Gala on June 21, 2018. Purchase Gala tickets here.

Past Recipients

2017 – Tom Nassif
2016 – Sarbjit “Sarb” Johl
2015 – Charles D. “Chuck” Ahlem
2014 – Craig McNamara
2013 – Edward H. Nishio
2012 – A.G. Kawamura
2011 – Robert “Bob” Gilbert
2010 – Bill Lyons, Jr.
2009 – Ron Schuler
2008 – Bill Pauli
2007 – Len Richardson
2006 – John Harris
2005 – George Gomes
2004 – Alfred Montna
2003 – Ann M. Veneman
2002 – Cecil L. Wetsel, Jr.
2001 – John A. De Luca
2000 – A. J. Yates
1999 – Gertrude “Gertie” Zerhrung
1998 – John Kautz
1997 – John Lacey
1996 – Guido Lombardi
1995 – Henry J. Voss
1994 – William F. McFarlane
1993 – Leland “Lee” Ruth
1992 – Richard Rominger
1991 – Gordon Van Vleck
1990 – Dick Markarian
1989 – Dean Brown
1988 – Senator Rose Ann Vuich
1987 – Clare Berryhill
1986 – Richard Lyng
1985 – Carolyn Leavens
1984 – Bill Staiger
1983 – Gailen Martin
1982 – Assemblyman John Thurman
1981 – Ed Rutherford