Second Vice President Rich Ross
CCA 2nd Vice President Richard Ross was elected to a two year term at the 2013 Convention. Ross grew up working in his family’s diversified farming operation in Sutter and Yuba counties. He currently raises cattle in Placer County and prunes and walnuts in Sutter County. In February 2014 he was honored at the Placer Farm Bureau’s 100th Anniversary for his family’s 100 plus years of farming and ranching in the area. His interest in agriculture lead him to jobs at Sunsweet, as a state agricultural inspector, assistant general foreman at a Del Monte cannery for three seasons, a USFS crew boss developing high elevation water for cattle in Wyoming and as a researcher on irrigation systems at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. Ross obtained his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Davis and a juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming.
Ross has served on the Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) board for many years, as its president and current treasurer. He has been recognized as its Top Hand of the Year for outstanding service to the TCA and Cattleman of the Year for his work on behalf of the cattle industry. He has also been awarded a life membership by the Tehama County Cattlemen for his efforts on behalf of that association. He represents agriculture on the Placer County habitat conservation plan’s biological stakeholder’s group and is immediate past chair of the State Bar’s Agribusiness Committee.
At CCA, Ross has served as a director for over a decade as a member of the Executive Committee and as chair of the Land Use and Taxation Committee. In addition to serving as a 2nd vice president, Ross also serves as chair of the CCA Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee. He has also served as pro bono counsel for the CCA in litigation affecting the property rights of cattlemen.
In addition to agriculture, Ross has been involved in legal, governmental and environmental issues over the years. As an advisor to governors and deputy to three Attorneys General, Ross brings to CCA an insight into government. Although preferring amicable resolution of issues, his willingness to hold the line is reflected by litigation experience in six western states and 41 California counties. As a lawyer, he has been Martindale-Hubble rated as an A-V Preeminent for 20 years.
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