Robert (Bob) Brocchini
Bob Brocchini was born in 1947 to Albert and Rina Brocchini. A product of Manteca schools, he graduated in 1969 from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo). Bob claims his father gave him the worst jobs on the family farm in order to discourage him from farming. However, Bob knew he wanted to be a farmer and set his goal in that direction.
Upon graduation from college, Bob joined the family business full-time and took a leadership role. Brocchini Brothers controlled 1300 acres, consisting of a variety of row crops, almonds and grapes. The farm has expanded to 3500 acres since that time. The varied crops grown and marketed by the Brocchini farming operation include apples, onions, tomatoes, alfalfa, sugar beets, bell peppers, pimientos, carrots, chives, walnuts, table beets, dahlias, watermelons, corn, kidney beans, black-eyes, cherries, strawberries, and cucumbers.
Bob has been active in the community and in the farming industry. He has been: President of the Manteca Lions Club; President of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation; District 12 Director of the California Farm Bureau Federation; Chairman of the American Farm Bureau Labor Committee; a member of several Farm Bureau Committees; President of the Ripon Livestock Boosters; a Director on the Boys & Girls Club Board; Director on the Doctors Hospital Governing Board; Delta National Bank Director; California Association of Winegrape Growers Director; Member of the Winegrape Inspection Advisory Committee; and a Founding Member and Charter President of the Central Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
In addition, Bob has spent four years coaching the Ripon FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team and Brocchini Farms has provided scholarships to Ripon High School graduating seniors and scholarships for students to attend the National FFA Convention.