Calif. Farm Bureau shakes up leadership, appoints new President

The Farm Bureau has promoted its vice president to take over the top leadership position in the organization.

The California Farm Bureau has a new leader, electing Shannon Douglass from Glenn County to be the organization’s next president. 

Douglass moves up in the ranks from vice president and is the first woman to lead the Farm Bureau. 


The big picture: Douglass ascends to the top spot as Jamie Johansson was removed as president after three terms, which began in 2017. 

  • She owns Douglass Ranch in Orland, which raises cattle and grows walnuts, corn and forage crops. 
  • Along with farming, Douglass co-founded CalAgJobs, an online jobs listing site for California Agriculture. 
  • Douglass has previously been the director of the Glenn County Farm Bureau and the chair of the California Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers State Committee. 
  • The Farm Bureau also elected Shaun Crook to be the first vice president, with Ron Peterson elected as the second vice president. 
  • Crook is the vice president of a family timber business and a real estate agent who specializes in ranch, commercial and residential properties. He served three terms as the second vice president. 
  • Peterson is a member of the California Farm Bureau Board of Directors and a cattle rancher and dairy farmer who also grows silage crops and almonds. 

What they’re saying: “This is an exciting moment,” Douglass said. “Farm Bureau has provided me with tremendous opportunities as a first-generation farmer. I’m excited to be part of the leadership of this organization, which represents the diversity of farmers and ranchers in our state.” 

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