Remembering Richard Rominger
Our industry lost a long standing pillar of leadership and inspiration last month. Richard Rominger was a former California Secretary of Food and Agriculture, USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and former Yolo County Farm Bureau director.
Rominger was known for many things, including being a Regent for the University of California, developing organic farming standards, and advocating for agricultural and conservation causes. Beyond his remarkable professional career he was also known for his philanthropy, willingness to invest his time and efforts in mentorship, and his constant kindness and “down to earth” nature.
An outpouring of love, support and admiration have come from government officials, private agricultural company executives, and University of California Davis leaders among many others over the past month. His impact, talents and character will live on in the agriculture industry for many years to come. His legacy also lives on in the 5th generation ranch in Yolo County that he has passed on to his sons.
According to Linda Delgado, his former executive assistant at USDA, “(Rominger) set the example of how to live a life of grace, generosity, kindness, and deep respect and care for fellow humans, food, agriculture and the planet.”
Today, we remember with honor, gratitude, and great respect, the life of Richard Rominger.