Why He Matters
David Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, Calif., in the Central Valley, the son of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores Islands. His father was a dairy farmer, and Valadao grew up working on the family farm. Valadao attended but did not graduate from the College of the Sequoias. Later he and his brothers took over the family agricultural business, Valadao Dairy. The business now comprises two dairies, and 1,000 acres of farmland in Kings and Tulare counties where corn, alfalfa and feedstock for the dairy herd are grown. Valadao is managing partner of Valadao Dairy and is active in industry associations, including the California Milk Advisory Board and Western States Dairy Association. He also was elected regional leadership council chairman for Land O'Lakes Inc. Valadao and his wife, Terra, have three children.