Hoobler and Machado Join Farm Land Trust Board –

Bill Hoobler and Mike Machado Named to California Farmland Trust Board

California Farmland Trust is proud to introduce highly respected industry professionals and community members, Bill Hoobler and Mike Machado, as new board members.

Hoobler and Machado have been active supporters of CFT for several years and bring a wealth of institutional knowledge and deep-rooted passion to the organization.

“Both Bill and Mike bring a talented skill set and valuable expertise to the Board, and their combined knowledge of politics and finance will be tremendous additions to our organization,” said Charlotte Mitchell, Executive Director of the California Farmland Trust. “We are delighted to have such accomplished individuals joining the Board of Directors and look forward to working for continued success, in service of our core mission.”

Since 2018, Hoobler has been a member of the CFT committee and has dedicated his professional life to the agricultural industry. He worked in the farm credit system for more than 39 years, specializing in loans and crop insurance, before retiring in 2016 and starting his own crop insurance agency in Patterson.

“Being involved with CFT since 2018 has been rewarding,” said Hoobler. “California’s farmland should be protected, and the CFT is just one way to ensure that farmland will remain farmland, forever.”

Machado, originally from Linden, grew up on the 100-plus-year-old family farm and returned to the family business after serving in Vietnam. Machado also served 14 years in the California State Legislature, where he focused on water, banking, insurance and fiscal responsibility. In 2015, Machado and his family placed an agricultural conservation easement on their family farm, and later in 2021 Mike secured two additional plots.

“Without agriculture, we don’t eat,” Machado said. “Without agricultural land, we have no agriculture. This is why the work of California Farmland Trust is so important.

Hoobler and Machado join the current 11 members of CFT’s board of directors and will both serve on the budget, finance and risk management committee.

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