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Pat Ricchiuti

Pat Ricchiuti is a FCFB Director at Large

Pat Ricchiuti is a third-generation diversified fresh fruit and nut crop grower-packer-shipper. He is a principle in the Clovis-based P-R Farms, which was honored in 2002 as the Agriculture Business of the Year.

In addition to serving on the Fresno County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for many years, most currently as first vice president -- Ricchiuti is involved in many education, medical and community boards of directors.

Ricchiuti is a member of the board of directors of the Ag One Foundation at California State University, Fresno and vice-chair for the Fresno State Agricultural Foundation. Additionally, he served as a trustee for the Fresno State Bulldog Foundation, and was appointed to represent Fresno State on the Applied Research Initiative Board for the California State University system. Likewise, he is a director of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center board. Ricchiuti also volunteers as a member of the Fresno State Plant Science Pomology Advisory Committee.

In addition to his Fresno State support, Ricchiuti currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for Valley Children's Hospital. Ricchiuti also is a retired governing board member of Clovis Unified School District and now serves as a director for the Foundation for Clovis Schools. He also participates on the Agricultural Advisory Committee for Clovis Unified School District.

Ricchiuti also is chairman of the California Fresh Apricot Council. Ricchiuti is the president of Garfield Water District.

The Clovis native has been a long-time member of the Clovis Rotary Club, Fresno State Alumni Association and Nisei Farmers League. He was recognized as the California Young Farmer of the Year in 1977, and was the Executive Director Award recipient for Clovis Chamber of Commerce in 1985. In 1999, Ricchiuti was presented the Fresno State Viticulture Award for Outstanding Service and Appreciation.

Together, Ricchiuti and his wife, Vinci, have received the Arthur Safstrom Service Award on behalf of the Fresno State Alumni Association, the Fresno Compact Outstanding Business Partnership Award in 1999, and were honored as Guardians of the Year for the Foundation for Clovis Schools in 2000. Ricchiuti is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in agribusiness. He and Vinci have three children, Vincent, Christine and Andriana.

The Fresno County Farm Bureau represents over 6,000 members, which includes over 4,500 growers and ranchers, on trade, land use, water, labor and all agricultural related issues. Fresno County produces over 300 crops annually, totaling over $ 3.2 billion dollars in gross production value.

Meet Your Board Members Profile: Ag Today, May 10
By: John Migliazzo