Marisa Ruffoni, a student at Santa Rosa Junior College, has been selected as the Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s fall intern.
As an intern, Ruffoni will have the opportunity to learn about the agriculture industry, the Farm Bureau organization and how the Sonoma County Farm Bureau works with the community to advocate for agriculture. Additionally, Ruffoni will have the opportunity to participate in fundraisers and ag education events, work with community leaders and elected officials and take the lead on multiple projects.
Ruffoni is familiar with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau and the events the organization puts on. In the past, she has volunteered at all of Farm Bureau’s large events including Love of the Land, Ag Days, the crab feed and the golf tournament.
Ruffoni is currently attending Santa Rosa Junior College where she is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education and Business. Through the SRJC, Ruffoni is a member of the Agriculture Ambassador team. After her time at the SRJC, Ruffoni plans to pursue further education at a four year college and then move back to Sonoma County to become a high school Ag teacher and FFA advisor.
A graduate of Santa Rosa High School, Ruffoni was a member of the Santa Rosa FFA for four years during which she served as both President and Secretary. She was highly involved in the association and competed in speaking contests, livestock judging and served as chairman planning a variety of school and community events. Additionally, Ruffoni was a finalist at the state level in Job Interview and successfully competed with Diversified Crop Production and Poultry Proficiencies.
In addition to her local chapter involvement, Ruffoni also held the Vice President position for the North Coast Region representing 33 local FFA chapters and more than 3,000 members between Humboldt and Alameda counties.
Ruffoni has shown market lambs at both the local and state level. She competed at the Sonoma County Fair all four years of FFA showing both market lambs and a steer. She also competed at jackpot shows across the state of California through the California Junior Livestock Association. She ended her showing career with high honors at jackpots and winning Reserve Grand FFA market lamb at the California State Fair.
Now, Ruffoni works at livestock shows for BioZyme Inc. representing their product line, traveling nationwide to livestock shows where she sells merchandise and livestock products, helps manage social media accounts, captures show photos and speaks to the public about agriculture. In addition to this, Ruffoni has been a livestock clerk at the Grand National Livestock Show, Napa Town and Country Fair, Alameda County Fair and Mendocino County Fair. Ruffoni is passionate about agriculture and education, and is active in the FarmHer Organization and National Junior Swine Association.
During her time at Farm Bureau, Ruffoni is looking forward to having a behind the scenes look at planning events, promoting the ag industry, educating youth about agriculture and making lifelong connections with people all around Sonoma County.
“I want to make a positive and significant impact on my community,” said Ruffoni. “I look forward to being able to give back to the community that has always supported me. If you see me around, please stop and say, ‘Hi!’ I would love to hear your story and talk to you about our great agriculture industry here in Sonoma County!”