Fresno County Farm Bureau Staff
CEO/Executive Director: Ryan Jacobsen
Ryan Jacobsen, of Easton, is the chief executive officer of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, overseeing the administration of the 4,000-plus member agricultural organization.
Jacobsen is no stranger to Farm Bureau or agriculture. He previously served as FCFBís issues coordinator and as the organizationís membership coordinator.
Jacobsen is an honors graduate of California State University, Fresno with a masterís degree in business administration and a bachelorís degree in animal science. While at Fresno State, Jacobsen served two terms as associated student body president and was recognized as the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Deanís Medalist and Craig School of Business Graduate Deanís Medalist.
Jacobsen is the fourth generation of two Fresno County farm families. He serves on the boards of the Fresno Irrigation District, the Business Advisory Council of the Craig School of Business and the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State. He is also very active in the Easton Lions Club.
Fresno County Farm Bureau represents more than 4,000 members on air quality, land use, water, labor and agricultural-related issues. Fresno County is the nationís number one agricultural county, producing more than 400 commercial crops annually, totaling more than $5.94 billion dollars in gross production value in 2010.
Public Relations Manager: Katie Rodgers
Katie Rodgers, of Clovis, is the Public Relations Manager at the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB), overseeing the correspondence and publications of the organization. FCFB represents its members on air quality, land use, water, labor and agricultural-related issues.
Rodgers is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a bachelorís degree in agricultural education and minors in communication and mass communication and journalism.
She serves on the Central California Public Relations Society of America Board of Directors.
Operations Manager: Courtney Sorensen
Courtney Sorensen, of Clovis, is the Operations Manager for the Fresno County Farm Bureau.
Sorensen comes to FCFB with experience as an administrative assistant and human resources coordinator. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism from California State University, Fresno, where she also obtained a certificate in marketing. Sorensen is a member of the Human Resources Association of Central California (HRACC).
Courtney is the daughter of third generation Sanger-area farmer, Craig Sorensen. Growing up, she loved spending summer days at her family's ranch, getting to see first-hand how much work goes into day-to-day activities on the farm. These experiences gave her a strong love and respect for agriculture early on in life.
Membership Coordinator: Audra Roland
Audra Roland, of Tollhouse, is the Membership Coordinator at the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB), processing membership applications, renewals and maintaining communication with members regarding FCFB information.
Roland is currently a student at California State University, Fresno studying agricultural business. She is actively involved with the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State, serving as an Ag Ambassador, on the State FFA Conference Committee and is a member of the Young Cattlemen's Association.