Butte Agriculture Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors
Doug Bentz was born and raised in Butte County. He grew up on a dairy west of Chico where he developed a love for agriculture and served as president of the Chico High School FFA. Bentz continued to work in agriculture while studying agriculture education at California State University, Chico and went on to be the Dean of Career and Technical Education at Butte College. After teaching agriculture for 36 years, Bentz retired and lives in Durham with his wife Lauralee and farms almonds. He also enjoys antique tractors and is very involved in Vintage Iron.
Nick Bertagna is a 4th generation farmer who was born and raised in Chico, CA. He became involved in 4-H and FFA youth programs throughout elementary and high school. Bertagna attended California State University, Chico where he studied Agriculture Business. Nick has continued his involvement in 4-H as a project leader and eventually became Butte County’s 4-H Representative. He is a member of the Butte County UCCE Farm Home & 4-H Support Group, a member of the Silver Dollar Fair Livestock committee, and helps in the UC Cooperative Extension. Today, Nick and his wife, Gail, own and operate Creekside Farms and help their son, Jimmy, farm almonds and walnuts.
John Blacklock was born and raised in Solano County on a fourth generation family farm. He joined 4-H where he showed lambs and steers. John attended UC Santa Barbara where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Geology and later received an M.B.A. from San Jose State University after serving two years in the US Army. He was Butte County Chief Administrative Officer from 1992 until his retirement in 2001. John and his wife Kathleen first came to Butte County in 1983 while John working as District Chief of Staff for Senator Jim Nielsen. He has always remembered his farm roots and has been a long-time member of the Butte County Farm Bureau. John has been on the Board of Directors of the Silver Dollar Fair for 25 years and currently serves on the Butte-Glenn Community College Board of Trustees.