Modesto-area grower named president of farm bureau federation

A Modesto-area nut grower was elected Wednesday president of the California Farm Bureau Federation during the group’s annual meeting this week in Anaheim.

Paul Wenger, a third-generation farmer, replaces Doug Mosebar as president of the organization.

Wenger, who just completed a two-year term as the federation’s first vice president, will serve two years as president.

Wenger will assume the role of spokesman for the organization on a wide range of issues of interest to farmers around the state, from access to water to economic pressures. He will carry the group’s message to the public as well as state legislature.

He has been a statewide officer in the organization since 1997. His family grows nut and fruit crops in the Wood Colony area in northwest Modesto.