Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who are elected by the members to lead the Farm Bureau. The directors elect the officers annually at the first regular meeting following the Annual Meeting of Members.
Mike Ranalli, President, Lotus
Michael Ranalli is a wine grape grower and has lived in El Dorado County over 37 years. Michael and his wife Colleen live in Lotus where they own and operate Ranalli Vineyards.
Originally from a Western Pennsylvania steel town, Michael came to California when he was hired by Intel Corporation in the late 1970s. He spent more than two decades at Intel in engineering, manufacturing and executive leadership with success across multiple continents, cultures, and languages.
Prior to becoming president, Michael has served on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for the Fourth Supervisorial District. He has served in numerous leadership positions at the county and state level, and has directed initiatives that improve the regulatory framework and to defeat misguided regulations.
Michael has undertaken an extensive study of the historic role of agriculture in the County, the evolution of agricultural market segments. He became increasingly familiar with numerous aspects of the County’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and the interdependency with agriculture and economic development.
Farm Bureau serves as the public policy and political leader for agriculture and professionally represents the policy interests of El Dorado County agriculture at the local, state and federal levels.
Robert Scharpf, Vice President, Placerville
Bob grew up in Kirkwood Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. After high school he attended the University of Missouri, where he received a BS degree in Forestry. Following a stint in the Army Bob moved to Berkeley, CA and attended UC Berkeley. He was awarded a Masters degree in Forest Pathology in 1959, followed by a PhD in Plant Pathology in 1961. Bob's career began as a research scientist in forest pathology with the US Forest Service, California Forest and Range Experiment Station in Berkeley, ending as a project leader of the Pathology Project. Following retirement in 1990, Bob and his wife moved to Placerville to manage their vineyard established in 1975. Bob is a past president and continues to be active in the El Dorado Grape Growers Association. Reading, fly fishing, skiing, and home winemaking are some of his favorite activities.
Maryann Argyres, Secretary, Camino
Maryann Argyres, who owns Argyres Orchards, has lived in Camino for 43 years and has a small Apple Hill Grower you-pick orchard. She has been active in all aspects of county agriculture for all the time she has resided in El Dorado County. Maryann is past-president of Apple Hill Growers, is a long-time El Dorado County Farm Bureau board member/secretary, Ag Water Quality secretary and participant in other organizations throughout the years, like the El Dorado County Farm Trails Association.
Gordon Helm, Treasurer, El Dorado Hills
Gordon Helm is a serial entrepreneur who is a life-long resident of El Dorado County. Shortly after graduating from CSUS, Gordon started his own software consulting & staffing business, which has been noted as one of the top 25 largest employers in El Dorado County, and one of the Top 25 Staffing Agencies in the Sacramento Region. He's owned & operated several other local businesses and is currently the President of the EDC Chamber of Commerce, the VP of the EDC Farm Bureau and sits on several other boards of local community organizations.
Jim Davies, Placerville
Jim is owner of Jim Davies & Associates Forestry & Logging and the Davies Family Inn at Shadowridge Ranch. In addition to the forestry and logging business, along with his wife Linda Hopkins, he runs a Bed & Breakfast Inn which boasts an events facility for weddings and other occasions. He graduated from Humboldt State with a Forest and Range Management degree. In addition to leading the Farm Bureau, Jim is involved with the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum, the California Licensed Foresters.
Chuck Bacchi, Lotus
Chuck is a 4th generation cattle rancher in Lotus and owner of Bacchi Ranch. He graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in Economics and has led the business for the past 34 years raising cows, calves and yearling feeders. In addition to his role at Farm Bureau, he supports the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Cattlemen’s Association and serves on the Agricultural Commission. He was previously an intern and consultant with the California State Legislature, worked for the Governor of Guam and staff for their legislature, and served as a director and board chairman for Western Sierra Bank. Chuck knows that if we are to be successful in the court of public opinion and before governmental bodies we must work together.
Bill Prosser, Pollock Pines
Bill and his wife Vicki own Winterfalls Ranch in Pollock Pines.
Carlan Meyer, Placerville
Carlan was born in Placerville on July 4th, 1940. Following graduation from El Dorado High School in 1958, he went on to Sacramento State to earn his degree in Economics. In 1973 Carlan and his wife Susan purchased a ranch on Highway 49 where they grow apples, peaches, pears and raise Polled Herefords. In 2003 he retired from the County Assessor’s office after 38 years. Currently Carlan is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, is a 4-H leader of 38 years, and he leads the El Dorado County Junior Livestock Auction. He serves on the board of the Placerville Fruit Growers, the El Dorado County Resource Conservation District and the Placerville Grange.
Our office is managed by staff members who plan the annual events, testify at hearings and work with our members daily. They are the front line to interface with our business partners, pursue local discounts and sponsorships, and are the liaison for you to our board.