Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County President Jeff James presented Derrick Pomi of Petaluma with the coveted 2019 Gold Cup Award on Sunday, August 11 at the Junior Awards Breakfast at the Sonoma County Fair. The Gold Cup is based on leadership, citizenship, character, project work, academic achievement, speaking ability, participation and performance at the 2019 Sonoma County
Fair. Pomi received a $2,500 check and a $500 cash prize for his 4-H Club or FFA Chapter.
Pomi,18, has been a Petaluma FFA member for 4 years where he raised breeding and market beef, dairy, and took ag mechanics classes. In FFA, Pomi took advantage of opportunities to strengthen his leadership skills by attending the California FFA State Convention, the Sacramento Leadership Experience, and the National FFA Convention. His hard work and dedication during his time in FFA paid off. He won the 2017 California State FFA Dairy Entrepreneurship Proficiency, was a member of the 2017 California State FFA Champion Dairy Evaluation Team and was a member of the 2nd place National FFA Dairy Evaluation Team. Pomi has served as the Petaluma FFA Car Show Committee Chairman, Treasurer, and President.
Pomi’s high school ag teacher Jake Dunn said that he is passionate about the agriculture industry and has made the most of his time in FFA and is sure that he will be an asset to our
state’s agriculture industry in the near future.
In addition to 4-H and FFA involvement, Pomi was a member of his high school’s football, wrestling, and baseball teams and was a member of the Petaluma High School Link Crew.
He entered his registered Guernsey cattle, registered Charolais beef cattle, and several ag mechanics projects in the 2019 Sonoma County Fair. He won AOB Junior Champion, AOB Intermediate Champion, Champion AOB Steer, Supreme Champion Beef Bull, 1st place Born & Bred with his market steer, and 1st place and Best of Class with his metal truck rack among many other awards.
Pomi will attend the University of Idaho and major in Agriculture Systems Management in the fall. He plans to combine agriculture and business studies to better understand the design and
operation of agricultural equipment and systems in order to maximize their use and management in agriculture. He said he hopes to study abroad and is excited to earn about how to collect,
analyze and manage data in preparation for a career in Agricultural Systems Management.
Upon graduation, Pomi plans to return to California and attend the California Firefighter I Academy and receive the Emergency Medical Technician certification. He would like to become a 4th generation rancher at Pomi Ranch and a 3rd generation firefighter in his family.
Congratulations Derrick! We wish you all the best.