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AgKnowledge Program Welcomes Class X 2016

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class X 2016

Salinas, CA (March 1, 2016) The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and their co-sponsoring partners, the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner and the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California is pleased to announce the 2016 AgKnowledge Program Class X Fellows.

These 20 community members have been accepted into the program and will participate in a nine-month executive leadership program. AgKnowledge educates participating fellows about the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

Class X 2016 AgKnowledge

Allison Barrientos, Advisor, Integris Wealth Management

Shannon Bliss, Dean of Academic Affairs, Hartnell College

Gail Borkowski, Clerk of the Board, County of Monterey

Jesse Cuevas, Director of Legislation & Policy, CA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation

Lisa Dobbins, Consulting Manager, Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology

Dan Dobrilovic, Deputy Building Official, County of Monterey

Marni Flagg, Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, County of Monterey

Regina Gage, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels

John Guertin, Deputy RMA Director, County of Monterey

Abigail Hart, Agriculture Project Director, Nature Conservancy

Tami Hill, Administrative Assistant, Monterey County Farm Bureau

Iris Medina, Programs Assistant II, Hartnell College

Forest Melton, Senior Research Scientist, CSUMB

Rich Ordonez, Chief Deputy Ag Commissioner, County of Monterey

Aljantro Rayburn, Organizer, Teamsters 890

Juan Rodriguez, Deputy County Counsel, County of Monterey

Tom Rolander, AgSoft Consulting, CSUMB College of Business

Cheryl Sandoval, Environmental Health Supervisor, County of Monterey

Jacob Shafer, Marketing & Communication Coordinator, Mann Packing

Christina Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance, CSUMB

 The AgKnowledge Program focuses on issues and public policies affecting and influencing the local Monterey County agricultural industry. The issues include but are not limited to food safety, food security, labor, immigration, technology, agri-marketing, conservation and the environment, urban-agriculture interface, air, and water.

The Fellows will spend nine (9) Fridays between March and November attending scientific and policy forums, visiting farms and processing facilities along with meeting key leaders and innovators within the fresh produce industry. One of the program’s most popular facets is the “Boots on the Ground Day,” spending time with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a hands-on perspective.






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