Brian Antle Discusses 2016 Greater Vision Event

MONTEREY, CA – As California continues to grow as a vital center for fresh produce growth and innovation, the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation, in collaboration with CSU Monterey Bay College of Business and PG&E, is kicking off its annual Greater Vision 2016 educational event tomorrow, October 26th. This year’s topic…The Future of Labor: The Impact of Technology on Employment and Community Life in the Salinas Valley.

Brian Antle, Vice President of Harvest at Tanimura & Antle and a guest speaker at the event, joined me to discuss the impact of such a program and what the pressing issues of today mean for California.

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Agriculture Insight

Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture message on the importance of rural America. He talks about where most of our food comes from and the role water, and energy plays. Secretary Vilsack shares how we should have a value system that cares about the land and value what the land gives to us, and we need to give back to the land, care for it and nurture the soil. Rural America needs to have the respect it deserves as it deals with problems and conflicts within Agriculture. Secretary Vilsack goes on to say that every one of us who is not a farmer, depends on farmer. Less than 1/10 of 1% of America are farmers growing and providing American and the world with fresh food. This allows the rest of the country to be free to do whatever they want, to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people because you do not have to grow your own food. Farmers do that work for us and make sure grocery stores have food for us when we decide to shop. The bottom line is, we do not show value and appreciation to farmers, we don’t celebrate farmers enough Secretary points out clearly in his You Tube message.

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.

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Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Program Class IX Graduation

Salinas, CA November 1, 2015

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 Graduating Fellows. These 23 community members will graduate from the AgKnowledge program after participating in a nine-month executive leadership program. The program focused on educating the participants about Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.

The graduation will take place on Friday, November 13 at Tanimura & Antle, 1 Harris Road, Speckles, CA.

The AgKnowledge program focuses on issues affecting and influencing the local agricultural industry. The issues include food safety and security, labor, immigration, technology, marketing, conservation, urban/agriculture interfacing, pesticides, water and much more. The Fellows spent nine (9) Fridays between March and November attending seminars 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 the class fellow spends with a local grower becoming immersed in agriculture from a “boots on the ground” perspective.

2015 AgKnowledge Class IX- Graduating 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
Bard 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

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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.

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: www.growerahipperfoundation.org

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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