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AgKnowledge Welcomes Class XIII 2019


Lisa Dobbins, Executive Director
Grower-Shipper Association Foundation
512 Pajaro Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Cell # 831-588-4505

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class XIII 2019

Salinas, CA (February 2019) 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 2019 AgKnowledge Program Class XIII Fellows. These 22 community members have been accepted into the program and will participate in a nine-month executive educational program. AgKnowledge provides participating fellows a deeper understanding about the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

2019 AgKnowledge Class XIII – Fellows

• Leslie Boni, Associate Professor of Finance, CSUMB
• Alejandro Del-Pozo, Integrated Pest Management Advisor Entomology, University of California Cooperative Extension
• Priscilla Du, Agricultural Biologist/Inspector III, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
• Dash Dunkell, Stewardship Director, Elkhorn Slough Foundation
• Brenda Eskenazi, Professor of Epidemiology, University of California Berkeley
• Luis Flores, Business Agent, Teamsters Union Local 890
• David Frisbey, Planning & Air Monitoring Manager, Monterey Air Resources District
• Mostafa Ghous, Dean of Academic Affairs, South County Education Services, Hartnell College
• Daniel Gonzalez, Executive Director, Center for Community Advocacy
• Ariana Green, Associate Transportation Planner, Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC)
• Randy Ishii, Chief of Public Works, Monterey County Resource Management Agency (RMA)
• Joann Iwamoto, Cannabis Program Manager, Monterey County CAO-IGLA Cannabis Program
• Amanda Krasa, Water Quality Specialist, Monterey County Health Department Laboratory
• Genevieve LeBlanc, Charitable Giving Manager, Driscoll’s
• Sonja Lolland, Vice President Academic Affairs, Hartnell College
• Karen Morrison, Science & Policy Advisor/Environmental Program Manager, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)
• Eric Mueller, CPA, Chang, Nguyen, Van Ruler LLP
• Elyse Rivas, Associate Equal Opportunity Analyst, Monterey County Civil Rights Office
• Enid Ryce, Director, CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture, CSUMB
• Brandon Swanson, Interim Chief of Planning, Monterey County Resource Management Agency (RMA)
• Roger Van Horn, Supervisor Environmental Health Specialist, Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau
• Kaiti Whitmyre, Administrative Assistant, Monterey County Farm Bureau

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.

The AgKnowledge Program is co-sponsored by the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s office
and the Grower-Shipper Association.

The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and educate about the health, social and cultural benefits of agriculture to the community and society as a whole.

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