Kevin Kester
Agricultural Professionals Coalition Co-Chair

Kevin KesterKevin Kester is currently the first vice president of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Kevin is a fifth-generation California rancher. He was born and raised in the Parkfield area of southern Monterey County where his family has lived for more than 100 years. The Kester family has a stocker and cow-calf operation, and they farm wine grapes on 22,000 acres. Kevin attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Management. He later returned to Parkfield with his wife, June. Kevin and June have three children: Kayleen, 22; Kody, 20 and Kara, 12.

Kevin currently operates his family’s cattle and wine grape operation.

Kevin is very active within the industry, having served as president of the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association and chair of the CCA Wildlife Management committee; he is currently vice chairman of the CCA Cattle political action committee. He has also been active in his community serving on the Shandon School Board of Trustees, the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation board of directors and the California Mid-State Fair Agriculture Committee.

Kevin is also a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and the Central Coast Vineyard Team.

Paul Wenger
Agricultural Professionals Coalition Co-Chair

Kevin Kester Paul Wenger was elected president of the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) in December 2009.

Wenger, who farms in Modesto, became a CFBF statewide officer in 1997 when he was elected second vice president. He was elected first vice president in 2005. He has also served as a member of the CFBF board and chaired the CFBF Water Advisory Committee and the Board Water Development Task Force. He is a former president of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau.

A third-generation farmer, Wenger farms almonds and walnuts on the family farm, which includes property purchased by his grandfather in 1910. His farming operations also include sharecropping, custom farm work and walnut hulling. He has expanded his operation to include almond and walnut processing and marketing through his Wood Colony Nut Co., to provide an opportunity for the fourth generation of the family to integrate vertically into the family farming operation.

Wenger attended Modesto Junior College before transferring to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he earned a degree in animal science.

Wenger has been active in community affairs, serving on the Salida Volunteer Fire Department, the Hart-Ransom School Board of Trustees and the Stanislaus Land Trust and Agricultural Pavilion boards.

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