4th generation dairy farmer, Jennifer Beretta, is Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s newest President—only the 2nd woman to hold the position in the organization’s history. Beretta will bring a passion for agriculture and a dedication to Farm Bureau, which she said she has had for as long as she can remember, to her role as President.
“I am passionate about agriculture and making sure Sonoma County farms and ranches continue to thrive,” Beretta said.
She has served on the SCFB board of directors for 6 years and previously held the offices of first vice president and 2nd Vice President.
Her involvement with Farm Bureau began at Ag Days when she would help her dad, Doug Beretta, bring dairy calves and during the many times she volunteered at Farm Bureau events through her involvement with 4-H and FFA.
A graduate of Analy High School, Beretta went to Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to Chico State where she graduated in 2010 with an Animal Science Degree.
After graduating high school, she became very involved in the Sonoma-Marin YF&R and also served on the State YF&R Committee for four years. Beretta was a member of the State YF&R Executive Committee for two years and represented District 17, which includes Napa, Marin and Sonoma Counties. In that role, she attended county YF&R meetings to provide information about state activities, helped to organize fundraising efforts for Farm PAC, and coordinated the State Discussion Meet. In 2020, she increased her leadership responsibility to include a 1-year term and seat on the CFBF State Board of Directors.
She said that she loves being involved in Farm Bureau and that although she is busy at home with her family dairy, that making the commitment to spending extra time supporting causes she cares about is well worth it.
“If you don’t make the time, whether it be for Farm Bureau or involvement in other organizations, I think that you can’t be upset with outcomes or legislation because you didn’t add your voice, talents or time to the effort,” Beretta said. “Being involved in YF&R and Farm Bureau I have learned so much about policies and issues that are impacting farmers and ranchers and I look forward to continuing to serve this great and influential organization. I hope to make a positive difference.”
In 2019, Beretta received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and she was also appointed to serve on the California Cattle Council.
In her free time, Beretta said she enjoys showing cattle and playing slow pitch softball. She is also committed to being an active member of the community and often volunteers her time with 4-H and the Sebastopol FFA.
“One of the things I am most proud of is how much time and energy I dedicate to sharing my passion and love for the dairy industry by being a 4-H dairy leader to 24 kids,” Beretta said.
During her two year term as the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Beretta said she sees Farm Bureau continuing to work on wildfire and land management issues and to continue working with diverse stakeholders to find ways to reduce fuels on State and County lands by utilizing agriculture.