EUHS grad advances through CA Farm Bureau

Patricia L. Stever, an Exeter native, has accepted a new position with the California Farm Bureau Federation as one of four field services representatives throughout the state.

This position is an advancement from her former role as a program coordinator with the affiliate program, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

In her new role, Stever will serve as the organization's liaison between 12 counties reaching from Monterey to San Diego on the coast and inland from Kern to Imperial counties.

As a field services representative she will serve as the liaison between the California farm bureau and the county farm bureaus as an information source. She will also provide organizational assistance to district farm bureau directors, county farm bureau leaders and staff.

She will participate in state and national level leadership conferences and also participate in county level functions, conduct leadership development training and provide information and service to all of the counties in her region.

Stever has been recognized as an exemplary young professional in agricultural education and for her community involvement as a youth. As a young adult, Stever held leadership positions in 4-H, FFA, Junior Fair Board and was a strong academic student leader at Exeter Union High School.

During her university career Stever received numerous academic and industry scholarships and received two outstanding student achievement awards from Cal Poly's Agriculture Education Department. Stever is a 1998 graduate of the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Program, a 1999 National Scholarship Finalist for the National Agricultural Educators' Association and a 2002 graduate of the California Leadership Farm Bureau Program.

Stever is the daughter of David and Gaye Stever, and granddaughter of Loretta Stever, all residents of Exeter, and is a 1994 graduate of Exeter Union High School. Stever is a graduate of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and has earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture science and a master of science degree in agriculture. She holds a professional clear secondary single Subject credential and a professional clear agriculture specialist credential.

She is also currently a fellow in the prestigious California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class XXXIV (34), a 2-year fellowship awarded to agricultural professionals for an extensive study/travel program that includes a 2-week national trip and a 3-week international trip.

The California Farm Bureau Federation is a non-governmental agricultural organization that represents more than 89,000 farmers and ranchers throughout California. The state organization is headquartered in Sacramento, where Stever will continue to maintain an office in her new position.

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