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Greater Vision 2015

Greater Vision is an annual ag based event attended by over students, farmers, shippers and members of the community at the CSUMB’s University Center. This year, the program is scheduled for 11/5/15, Thursday, from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Ball Room of the University Center at CSUMB with an Expo prior and after the program. The 2015 topic is: Emergent Technologies – How is Technology Transforming Agribusiness?
We are hoping to carry the lively conversation and results launched by the Forbes AgTech Summit and the Precision Agriculture Initiative of the SIC to understand and frame the role of technology in the transformation of the region.

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Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class IX

Salinas, CA (March 12, 2015) ¾ The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and their co-sponsoring partners, the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and the County of Monterey Agricultural Commissioner. announces the 2015 AgKnowledge Program Class IX Fellows. These 23 community members have been accepted into the program and will participate in an eight-month executive leadership program. The program will focus on educating participants about the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

The AgKnowledge program focuses on issues affecting and influencing the local agricultural industry. The issues include food safety, security, labor, immigration, technology, marketing, conservation, urban/agriculture interfacing, air, water and much more. The Fellows will spend nine (9) Fridays between March and November attending forums and visiting farms and processing facilities while meeting leaders and innovators in the produce industry. One of the program’s most popular facets is “Day with a Farmer”, a day spent with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a boots on the ground perspective.

2015 AgKnowledge Class IX- Fellows

Bob Abrams, Ph.D., P.G., C.Hg. Consulting Hydrogeologist

Roberto Avila, Director of Innovation, Mann Packing Co. Inc.

Mari Beraz, Deputy Treasurer-Tax Collector, Monterey County

Joanne Bravo, Vice President, Pinnacle Bank

Tim Burns, Code Compliance Manager, Monterey County Resource Management Agency

Freda Escobar, Permit Coordinator Manager, Monterey County Resource Management Agency

Angel Garibaldo, Business & Marketing/Communications Strategist, Avenue 831 Consulting Group

Lina Gomez, CFO, Genesis Freight Lines

Teo Gonzalez, Chief Deputy, Monterey County Ag Commissioner

Jerry Hernandez, Analyst, Monterey County Economic Development Department

Kiely Holcomb, CPA, Manager, Hayashi & Wayland

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, MPH, Assistant Director of Health, Monterey County Health Department

Greg Long, Regional Sales Manager, Central Coast Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

Justin Magaleno, Senior Sales Representative, C.H. Robinson Company

Brad Mansager, Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

Mary Grace Perry, Deputy County Counsel, County of Monterey, Office of the County Counsel

Jessica Potts, Executive Director, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

Susan Rimando, Environmental Health Specialist, Monterey County Health Department

Marissa Ritter, Director of Marketing & Communications, Grower-Shipper Association

Sumadhur Shakya, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, California State University Monterey Bay College of Business

Josh Stratton, Chief of Staff, Monterey County Supervisor John Phillips

Thomas Truszkowski, Deputy City Manager & Community, Development Director, City of Gonzales

Sarah Wood, Editor and Publisher, Edible Magazine of Monterey Bay


Grower-Shipper Association Foundation:

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.

Our Great Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors:

· Ocean Mist

· T&A


Silver Sponsors:

· American Takii

· Church Brothers

· Drew Massa

· Duncan Family Farms

· Growers Express- Green Fresh Giant

· Joy Jacobs Realty


· Rio Farms-Susan & David Gill

· Rijk Zwaan USA

· Scheid Vineyards

· Moncrieff & Hart

Thank You to our Wine Sponsors

· Scheid Vineyards

· Kevin Olson Vineyards

· K.T. Vineyards

· J. McFarland Wines

· Pierce Ranch Vineyards

Tickets On Sale and Sponsors Announced For The Grower Shipper Association Foundation Benefit

“Concert at Corral” February 20th
Excited To Announce Two New Gold Sponsors
Ag Leaders Support The Grower Shipper Association Foundation

SALINAS, CA – Agricultural Companies rally together around a special benefit concert to help support The Grower Shipper Association Foundation Ag Education Program: AgKnowledge, More Produce in Schools, and a Greater Vision. Susan Marscellas, The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Director announced today that Ocean Mist and T&A are its gold sponsor. They joined this event because they support getting more Salad Bars in schools and promoting healthy food options for kids. Also, these leaders support community education of the Ag industry. Most people do not know about the process that our fresh food goes through to get to the market and consumer. Programs like AgKnowledge and A Greater Vision help take the public inside to understand where your food comes from and food safety.

Concert at Corral is a fun way to support Ag Education and getting fresh veggies to more kids. It will be a unique event bringing Ag and the community together through music, food and wine!

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Press Release January 21, 2015

SALINAS, CA – 20 January 2015 – The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 AgKnowledge program now through February 9, 2015.

Community members are encouraged to apply to the nine-month AgKnowledge executive leadership program, which is focused on educating participants about the heritage, diversity, stewardship, and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government, and the community.

AgKnowledge courses focus on issues affecting and influenced by the local agricultural industry, including food safety and security, labor and immigration, technology, marketing, conservation, urban/agriculture interfacing, air, water and much more.

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Concert at Corral

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation has announced a special benefit “Concert at Corral” featuring Doug Ranno & The Harvesting Crew, February 20, 2015

SALINAS, CA (December 29, 2014)   Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Director, Susan Marscellas, announced the Grower Shipper Association Foundation will be holding a special event and benefit concert at Corral de Tierra Country Club Theater located at 81 Corral de Tierra Road in Salinas, featuring Salinas’s own Doug Ranno and his band The Harvesting Crew, February 20, 2015 to support Ag Education. Approximately 250 tickets will be made available to the public and those tickets are limited to a first-come, first-serve basis starting the week ofJanuary 5th for $85.00 each by going to ( for ticket purchase.

The benefit event is being called “Concert at Corral” – GUITARS, OLD CARS FOR SALAD BARS and will start at 6:00pm on February 20, 2015 with a special red carpet entry, photo wall, strolling dinner, wine tasting, silent auction and concert all included in the price of the ticket ($85.00).

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