Applications for the 2014 AgKnowledge Class VIII are now available! Click here to download the 2014 AgKnowledge Class VIII application. All applications are due to Darlene Din by February 28, 2014. 

Click here to view the 2014 AgKnowledge Class VIII program schedule.

For more information, please contact Darlene Din via email or at (831) 682-0734.

 AgKnowledge supports the local agricultural industry by providing community leaders the opportunity to “walk in the shoes of a farmer,” and experience Monterey County through the eyes of those directly involved in the many facets of agriculture in our community.

Program Fellows have the unique opportunity to meet with and learn from local family farmers, ranchers and industry leaders. Program participants gain broad knowledge of the heritage, culture, economy, and business of local agriculture. At the conclusion of this nine-month course Fellows better understand the hearts and minds of those who work the land or otherwise contribute to the complex multifaceted agricultural systems, including ranchers, growers, processors and their employees.

Ten seminars take program fellows throughout our diverse geography with farm tours and “hands on” experiences covering topics such as:

  • diversity of crop commodities
  • field and food safety
  • marketing
  • technology
  • politics
  • regulations
  • labor
  • immigration
  • cultural diversity
  • history of the industry
  • families that make up Monterey County agriculture

AgKnowledge enables Fellows to recognize common values shared among diverse perspectives, and includes speakers from outside of the industry as well to ensure balanced discussion of current issues facing agriculture and our community. Through increased knowledge, and in partnership with a healthy and sustainable agricultural industry, it is our hope that our community will enjoy a better quality of life.