Emeritus Board Members
Blanche Comino and her husband, John, grow barley and safflower on their North County farm. She is a member of the CFBF Hay Advisory Committee, a director of the Central Coast Agriculture Water Quality Coalition and has assisted in coordinating the SLO Co. Farm Bureau Womens' Ag Awareness Tour for the past five years. The Cominos have been members of Farm Bureau since the early 1990s.
Lifelong cattleman, Joe Guidetti is a third generation SLO County agriculturalist with local family history spanning well over 100 years. At their family ranch southeast of San Luis Obispo, Joe and his son Terry work as partners operating the Guidetti Land and Cattle Company. Joe was honored as the 1998 San Luis Obispo County Agriculturalist of the Year. Joe's unique brand of cowboy cuisine received national attention when he was showcased in a 1993 feature article in Sunset Magazine.
A former SLO County Farm Bureau president (1989 to 1991), and cattle rancher. Gary has been avid supporter of the organization for nearly 33 years. Gary was a state director for California Farm Bureau from 1991 to 1998, and first became involved with the organization when he was appointed as the Pozo-area district representative in 1977.
A director for over three decades and former president of SLO Co. Farm Bureau (1981 to 1983), Charles Mehlschau is a third-generation farmer of the Nipomo area. Charles also is a supervisor of San Ysidro Farms, which operates over 1,200 acres between Oso Flaco and Guadalupe. Charles has been a Farm Bureau Director since he joined in 1970.
Former Farm Bureau president (1975-1977) and longtime director, Ernie Righetti manages the Righetti Ranch in Edna Valley. With nearly 40 years experience in commercial avocado production, the family specializes in the Hass avocado variety. Their first commercial planting began in 1967 and today the family has over 200 acres of avocados. The Righetti family was one of the principal supporters of Farm Bureau when it began in 1922. Ernie received the Agriculturalist of the Year award in 1991.