By Valley Ag Voice Staff
The Kern County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to hire Mr. Romeo Agbalog as the new Executive Director of the influential advocacy group. Agbalog’s experience and community ties as a lifelong resident of Kern County will help guide him to continue to work in the communities’ best interest.
Agbalog was the Executive Director of Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government, a locally based, non-partisan, non-profit public policy advocacy organization prior to joining KCFB. Before that, Agbalog was the Senior District Representative for Senate Minority Leader Emeritus Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield). Agbalog also previously held positions as Government Affairs Manager for the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Community Resources Manager with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and as a Field Representative for former Kern County Supervisor Jon McQuiston.
“Mr. Agbalog comes with a wide breadth of policy experience and a depth of knowledge in managing organizations that will undoubtedly benefit the KCFB and its membership,” said Kern County Farm Bureau President John Moore. “His background as the son of a Farm Labor Contractor and familiarity of the industry and its actors will help to take the organization to the next level. We are thrilled to watch Mr. Agbalog develop as an agricultural leader and expect big things to come.”
“Kern County agriculture is renowned for its innovation and its production output that ranks as one of the top in the country,” said Romeo Agbalog, Kern County Farm Bureau’s newly named Executive Director. “It’s an honor to represent Kern’s Ag producers and everyone affiliated with Ag, whose contributions help make Kern County the most important county in the nation when you think in terms of what we produce here at home, but more than an honor, it’s a duty to safeguard an industry that’s so integral to our local economy and supplying food and fiber around the world. I’m humbled and honored to take the helm of an organization rich in history that has played an integral role in making Kern County one of the top agriculture producing counties in the country,” Agbalog said. “I’m ready to get to work to not only help perpetuate Kern’s top tier agricultural production, but also safeguard its ability to provide a means for families to sustain themselves while meeting the needs of the world in terms of food and fiber.”
Agbalog begins May 24th, replacing administrator Colleen Taber who recently relocated to Texas. For more information on about the Kern County Farm Bureau, visit www.kernfcb.com.