Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rangeland Trust gets new chairman

From the California Rangeland Trust:
Scott Stone, a partner in Yolo Land & Cattle Co. in Woodland, Calif. took the reins from Steve McDonald as the new chairman for the California Rangeland Trust Board of Directors at the organization’s recent annual meeting.

A member of the Rangeland Trust board of directors since 2002, Stone said, “I decided to increase my involvement in the Trust because of the ongoing need in the State to work with ranchers to preserve working rangelands and to educate the public about the benefits of livestock grazing to the health of the state’s ecology and economy.”

In 2005, Yolo Land and Cattle Co., which has been owned and operated by the Stone family for over 36 years, completed a conservation easement with the California Rangeland Trust. The family raises Angus cattle, sells 100% all natural grass fed Angus beef and their own line of beef jerky­, all while preserving the natural beauty and diversity of the rangeland through their management practices.

“Scott brings a lot of experience and creditability to the table. He has years of involvement at Rangeland Trust, and 25 years of experience as a ranch broker,” said California Rangeland Trust Director and past Chairman Devere Dressler. “I look forward to working with a leader like Scott. He has a positive can-do attitude, and a genuine passion for rangeland conservation and the beef industry in California.”

A Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo alumnus, Stone earned a bachelor degree in Agriculture Business Management and is also a graduate of Class 28 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Stone is also in a western swing and bluegrass band, the “Plainfield Pickers” that play throughout the state and occasionally at California Rangeland Trust events.

Stone is not the only Cal Poly, SLO alumnus at CRT, nor the only California Agriculture Leadership Program graduate with the Rangeland Trust. Chief Executive Officer Nita Vail is a fellow Cal Poly, SLO Alumni and a California Agriculture Leadership Program Class 21 graduate. Chief Operating Officer Michael Delbar is a graduate of Class 24 of the California Agriculture Leadership Program.

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