Board of Directors




Mr. Harcksen graduated from Atwater High School then went on to continue his education at Modesto Junior College. He has been farming for 22 years, he farms almonds and honey bees. Eric has been on the Board of Directors for 7 years. When being asked why he joined Farm Bureau and what he loves most about it he said, "To be more involved with agriculture, and to be more knowledgeable about the issues we face. The people I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with by being on the board."

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1st Vice President

Joe Sansoni

Mr. Sansoni is an alumni of Universal Technical Institute, Phoenix, AZ where he earned an Associates Degree. He has also completed numerous courses related to; agriculture science, agriculture business, and business management, including an almond pomology course at UC Davis. Joe is a 3rd generation farm manager and has been involved in the family business since his childhood, he has been the field and operations management role from 2009-present. He is partners with his father, Ezio, in Sansoni Farms Orchards where they specialize in almonds and have been growing them since his grandfather Aniceto planted his first orchard in 1947. 

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David Barroso

Mr. Barroso is a Fresno State Alumni, where he received his Bachelor's of Science Degree. David has been farming for 34  years, the commodities that he grows consist of dairy and feed crops. He has been on the Board of Directors for 9 years now, when being asked why he joined Farm Bureau he said, "To be involved and have input in direction of the Farm Bureau."


Past President

Gino Pedretti III

Mr. Pedretti is a Fresno State Alumni, he majored in Agriculture Business with a minor in Animal Science. He has been farming for 28 years now, he works at his families operation Pedretti Ranches Inc. where they raise dairy and registered Hereford cattle. They also grow and harvest cotton, corn, wheat, and alfalfa. Gino has been on the Board of Directors for about 9 years now, when being asked why he joined Farm Bureau he says, "Learn more about the issues facing agriculture. To help bring the Merced County ag community together on different topics to push for a common goal. 

Merced County Farm Bureau

646 S HWY 59

PO Box 1232

Merced, CA 95341

Phone: (209) 723-3001

Fax: (209) 722-3814

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