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Director Elections

The strength and long-term success of Farm Credit West depends on continued sound leadership, vision, and direction by the Farm Credit West Board of Directors. This is possible only with a Board composed of industry and community leaders who are committed to the long-term success of agriculture and Farm Credit West.

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Director Candidates - Position 1
(5 YEAR TERM)

Region – Sacramento Valley

Includes Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, El Dorado, Yuba, Sutter, Placer, Nevada Counties and a Portion of Butte County

 

Blake Harlan (age 55)

Business Name:
Harlan Family Ranch, Harlan Feed and Wilson Bend Farms
37587 Harlan Lane, Woodland, CA 95695

Location:
Woodland, California

Description:
Mr. Harlan is president of Harlan Family Ranch, which farms processing tomatoes, alfalfa, rice, wheat, corn, sunflowers and almonds. He also does business as Harlan Feed, which manufactures and distributes hay cubes to the livestock industry. Mr. Harlan is also a partner in Wilson Bend Farms, a rice operation in Colusa County.

Personal Info:
Blake Harlan has been married for 27 years to his wife Melissa. They have three children. Blake farms with his father Bernell in an operation which has continued for six generations in Yolo County.

Farm Credit Member Since:
1988

Leadership Positions (Former):
Board of Directors, Chair, Farm Credit West
Board of Directors, Vice Chair, Farm Credit West
President, Yolo County Farm Bureau
Treasurer, Yolo County 4H Leaders Council
Committee Member, Yolo County 4H Auction
Committee Member, Willow Oak 4H club
Honorary Member, Emergency Medical Technician/Firefighter, Willow Oak Volunteer Fire Department
Committee Member, Woodland High School FFA Boosters

Why I am seeking election to the Board:
I have thoroughly enjoyed my service as a director of Farm Credit West. I had served as Chairman of  Farm Credit West until March of 2016 when the board leadership had transitioned as planned. As the Past-Chairman, I had been closely involved with many exciting events and accomplishments of the Association, including the merger with Southwest Farm Credit Services. I have grown personally through my service on the Farm Credit Board and in turn believe that I still have much to offer the organization.

Why vote for me:
I would be honored to serve another term as director. Having started with Sacramento Valley Farm Credit in 2003, I have seen many changes in the Association that began my service in. I recognize that like the agriculture business that we serve, challenges are always right around the corner. I look forward to working together with management and fellow directors towards the continued success of Farm Credit West.

Paul R. Squires (age 50)


Business Name:
Squires Ag. Consulting, Inc. 
638 Gabriel Ave., Yuba City, CA 95993

Location:
Yuba City, California

Description:
I have provided production advisory services for thirty years and have owned and operated Squires Ag. Consulting, Inc. for twenty years. I have been a partner in a farming entity for fourteen years. Additionally, I am the general manager of a ranch that grows 3500 acres of rice, 190 acres of almonds, 250 acres of walnuts and 110 acres of pecans.

Personal Info:
My wife Tami is an assistant district attorney; we have been married for thirteen years. We have two children.  

Farm Credit Member Since:
2005

Leadership Positions (Current):
• Director, Meridian Farms Water District

Leadership Positions (Former):
Director, State Board of Directors, California Association of Pest Control Advisors
Director, Natomas Basin Conservancy Board

Why I am seeking election to the Board:
Farm Credit has provided many opportunities for me to expand my exposure and knowledge in the agricultural industry. I have served on the nominating committee for Farm Credit West, and from 2009 to 2018 I was a member of the Farm Credit West Local Advisory Committee. Working collectively with the committee, board and staff, I was fortunate to have nine years of exposure to the FCW system. I respect the ability and effort that staff, board and committee members provide for the benefit of the stock holders, and would like to continue to be a part of the process.

Why vote for me:
It is important to reflect on the current strength and knowledge that the directors employ on our behalf; I respect all of them. Abilities are developed through consistency and effort; as stock holders, we have benefited from their efforts. I would provide a different perspective considering my background as a sole proprietor that started an agricultural business on my own.


Director Candidates - Position 2
(5 YEAR TERM)

Region – Coastal

Includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties

 

Tom Ikeda (age 62)


Business Name:
IkedaBros 
P.O. Box 518, Oceano, CA 93475

Location:
Arroyo Grande, California 

Description:
Ikeda Bros is a 4 generation farm producing 850 acres of fresh vegetables and 150 acres of citrus and avocados. We are located along the coast in Southern San Luis Obispo County. This temperate climate allows us to produce 365 day a year.

Personal Info:
I manage our ranches along the coast while my cousin manages the ranches inland. Also involved are my son, nephew and two other cousins.

Farm Credit Member Since:
1980

Leadership Positions: (Current)
President, Fukuhara Farms
Corporate Secretary, Ikeda Bros
Enterprise Risk Management Committee Chair, Farm Credit West Board

Leadership Positions: (Former)
• President, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau
Chair, California Leafy Greens Research Board
Chair, Grower Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

Why I am seeking election to the Board:
I am seeking election to the Board as a way to serve agriculture, the industry that has given my family a good life. Helping to ensuring available finance to the agricultural industry is critical in today’s world to maintain a healthy industry for all of us producers. It is also an opportunity to expand my knowledge base so that I can be a better leader in all my endeavors.

Why vote for me:
I bring a “big picture’ view to the board. In a complex world, understanding how things work and their interrelations is important, especially when serving on a board. The understandings gained in my first term will be the basis for further knowledge and greater effectiveness in Board functions. This desire for constant improvement and my passion for agriculture are reasons to vote for me. 

Fred Van Wingerden (age 65)


Business Name:
Pyramid Flowers, Inc
3813 Doris Ave., Oxnard, CA 93030

Location:
Santa Paula, California 

Description:
I Started this business in 1991. And presently grow cut flowers on 80 acres of land in greenhouses, hoops and open land. We specialize in hydroponic Gerbera daisies, Lilies, Asters, Freesia, Statice, Ranunculus and Sunflowers. We market our product to the Mass Market and Wholesale Customers. I am President/CEO of Pyramid Flowers, Inc and my son Marcos works with me as Production Manager. I am also president of B-Fresh Floral, Inc, a company I own along with 3 cousins, that markets our product to the Mass Market. We employ over 140 team members as well as seasonal contract employees I live on a lemon ranch in Santa Paula and we market our lemon fruit through Sunkist.

Personal Info:
I was born in the Netherlands and immigrated with my family to the USA to grow cut flowers in 1967. 

I attended Cal Poly SLO. And after college worked in Horticulture in New Zealand for 6 months. In 1979 I was given the opportunity by my father to start my own business growing cut flowers. I am married to Edith and have a son and daughter and 4 grandchildren. My son Marcos works with me as Production Manager. I enjoy travel, soccer and running and was fortunate to run the Boston Marathon 
in 2004.

Farm Credit Member Since:
1979 - PCA then!

Leadership Positions: (Current)
• Variance Committee, Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency

Leadership Positions: (Former)
• President, Ventura County Farm Bureau
President, California Cut Flower Commission
Society of American Florists-Growers Council
Testified before the International Trade Commission in Washington DC on Anti dumping petition on Roses and Chrysanthemums

Why I am seeking election to the Board:
To add value to the organization Board through my expertise in business and the Horticulture industry as well as my passion to Agriculture and it’s sustainability.

Why vote for me:
I would be honored to serve as your Director to Farm Credit West. My background as an immigrant business owner, my experience and involvement in Agriculture gives me a unique perspective to lend to discussions and decisions that need to be made.