MEET YOUR FUTURE VOLUNTEER LEADERS Mitchell Yerxa Manager, River Vista Farms

Mitchell is the Manager of River Vista Farms in Colusa, Calif., a grower of almonds, pecans, prunes, tomatoes and walnuts. In this position, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the farm. Mitchell earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Agronomy and Crop Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is an alumnus of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Mitchell currently serves on the board of the California Tomato Growers Association and has served on the Colusa Young Farmers and Ranchers board.

FAMILY LIFE I not only work with my family, but participate in many activities with my family including duck hunting in the winter. Most of my love for things like hunting, fishing, woodworking and photography come from the years of being around my family and witnessing their passion for many varied activities.

WORK LIFE My normal work days include walking fields, looking for problems, and helping our employees be the most successful we can be. Most times as a manager you aren’t worried about the minute-to-minute tractor work but more of the big picture for that field of how can we make the most net profit on each acre of ground we are farming for that year. Every day is different, and that is why I love farming.

DAD LIFE Michael Leroy Yerxa was born 2/22/23! Being a dad is the best feeling in the world, and I can’t wait to throw him in a carrier and have him see the world one trail at a time. As we tell him all the time, Adventure awaits!

PET LIFE We have a 3-year-old

TRAVEL LIFE I love to travel! Traveling internationally reminds me just how lucky we are to be in the US and in CA ag. For the men and women who still plow their rice fields with oxen, I salute you. I’ve grown attached to my tractors!

ADVENTURE LIFE I fly both helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes. I love to fly both for business and for pleasure. There is no better feeling than seeing the world from a 2,000 foot view all while beating traffic.

springer spaniel that loves to be on the water. We paddle board all summer, and Ziggy likes nothing better than tagging along for the ride!

Mitchell is one of nine individuals selected to be in Class VII of the Future Volunteer Leaders, a program that guides the next generation of leaders within Western Growers member companies interested in becoming more informed and effective advocates for the fresh produce industry.


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