About Us

A century advocating for more than 15,000 farmers across California.

Founded in 1919, Agricultural Council of California is a member-supported organization advocating for more than 15,000 farmers across California, ranging from farmer-owned businesses to the world’s best-known brands. Ag Council works tirelessly to keep its members productive and competitive, so that agriculture can remain California’s number-one industry and members can continue to produce the highest quality food for the entire world.

Diversity of Interests

Ag Council brings together diverse interests of farmer-owned and operated businesses to form a united voice on critical issues. By joining this umbrella organization, you become part of a stronger unit, consolidating the efforts of many commodity-specific entities.

Expertise in Agriculture

We leverage our knowledge of California agribusiness to advance your interests in:

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Issues analysis
  • Political action
  • Public relations
  • Campaign analysis
  • Regulatory implementation

Meet Our Team

Emily Rooney

Emily Rooney


Emily joined Ag Council in 2008 and became President in 2010. She manages the organization and handles regulatory and budget policy matters on behalf of Ag Council members. Prior to her work with Ag Council, Emily served as director of farm policy for the California Farm Bureau Federation where she represented the interests and objectives of California’s farmers and ranchers…

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Tricia Geringer

Tricia Geringer

Vice President of Government Affairs

Tricia joined Ag Council as Director of Government Affairs in 2010. She manages legislative policy issues and serves as an advocate on behalf of members in the State Capitol. Previously, she worked as Legislative Director for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. focusing on agriculture, energy, immigration, trade and water policy…

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Jacob DeFant

Jacob DeFant

Membership and Public Policy Coordinator

Jacob joined Ag Council as Membership and Public Policy Coordinator in 2022. Jacob manages member communication, events, and assists with regulatory matters on behalf of Ag Council members. Prior to working with Ag Council, Jacob worked as a Junior Agronomist for a private agriculture company…

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Leaders who take action

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“Ag Council is a small shop, doing big things.”

Brendon Flynn

Board Chairman, Sunsweet Growers

“Emily and her staff work tirelessly in Sacramento on all issues that adversely affect or benefit agriculture. It is comforting to know that someone is watching out for our interests. Lord knows we don’t have the time it takes to watch over all that goes on in the State Capitol.”

Ben Curti

Dairyman, Land O'Lakes