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AgKnowledge Class XI 2017


March 1, 2017


Lisa Dobbins, AgKnowledge Program Coordinator
Grower-Shipper Association Foundation
512 Pajaro Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Cell # 831-588-4505

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class XI 2017

Salinas, CA (March 1, 2017)  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 2017 AgKnowledge Program Class XI Fellows. These 22 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.

2017 AgKnowledge Class XI- Fellows

Sean Capistrano – Manager, Hayashi Wayland
Amy Clymo – Engineering and Compliance Manager, Monterey Bay Air Resources District
Jay Donato – Internal Organizer, SEIU Local 521
Shawne Ellerbee – Deputy Director of Administrative Services, RMA, County of Monterey
Paul Farmer – CEO, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce
Scott Fausti – Associate Professor of Ag Business, CSUMB-College of Business
Ben Figueroa – Vice President of Administrative Services, Hartnell Community College
Krista Hanni – Planning, Evaluation, and Program Manager, Monterey County Health Department
Hannah Wallis – Agricultural Programs Biologist, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
Pamela Krone-Davis – Agricultural Water Quality Coordinator, CA Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA
Khaled Mabrouk – Owner/Operational Engineering Leader, Sustainable Productivity Solutions
Clementina Macias – Director of Farmworker Education & Advancement Program, Hartnell Community College
Jacob Martinez – Founder, Executive Director, Digital Nest
Amanda McEldowney – Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Andy Myrick – Economic Development Manager, City of Salinas
Kate Roberts – President, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
Roger Royse – Owner, Royse Law Firm – AgTech
Enrique Saavedra – Acting Chief of Roads & Bridges, RMA, County of Monterey
Rosemary Soto – Office of Community Engagement and Strategic Advocacy/Manager of Gang Violence Prevention Initiative, Monterey County Administrative Office
Sandra Tauriac – Hazardous Materials Management Service Supervisor, Monterey County Department of Environmental Health
April Theis, Administrative Assistant, Monterey County Farm Bureau
Jill Townzen – California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Chief Legislative Analyst

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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 supported by the CalAgPlate Grant Program.

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