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Ag Jobs: Bringing a Greater Vision

Ag Jobs: Bringing a Greater Vision is an annual educational event created through collaboration between the California State University, Monterey Bay, and the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation which launched in 2006. Ag Jobs: Bringing a Greater Vision provides a series of public forums featuring speakers and panel discussions from community members, academic researchers, elected officials, public agencies, and agricultural representatives. The series addresses agricultural issues important for students to understand the agricultural industry. In recent years, we have included a Career & Internship Fair following the forum.

Each series addresses various issues that are important to agriculture and the larger community and is designed to inform the college students from CSUMB, Hartnell College and other Community Colleges along with the general public.

The 17th Annual Event in October 2023 titled “Innovation in Ag: The Future is Now!” incorporated panels talking about Artificial Intelligence and Ag Skills with an inspirational keynote from Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food & Agriculture. Over 300 students attended the event and Career & Internship Fair that followed. Proud to partner with both the College of Business and College of Science at CSUMB with Hartnell College and other local Community Colleges.

The 16th Annual Greater Vision 2022 Featured Agribusiness Supply Chain Management with the theme: Push, Pull, Panic?: Perishable Supply Chain Management. We had over 200 attendees and hosted an in-person Career & Internship Fair with 30+ Ag Industry companies seeking new talent. Proud to partner with both the College of Business and the College of Science at CSUMB and with Hartnell Community College, Cabrillo Community College and Monterey Peninsula College on this program.


Greater Vision 2021 was our highest attended in the 15 years of the program.  We were honored to have USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack be interviewed by former US Congressman Sam Farr and then have a panel moderated by current US Congressman Jimmy Panetta with USDA leaders that was virtual with over 300 participants and included speakers from throughout the nation.


Greater Vision 2017: New Frontiers Water Forum Focuses on Water Management Strategies for the Central Coast
Keynote Speakers: 2009 CNN Hero Doc Hendley
Dr. David Sedlak, U.C. Berkeley

National and international innovators, policymakers and scientific researchers are about to gather at the Greater Vision 2017 New Frontiers Water Forum, on Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside, CA., in an all-day event.

“The goal of the Forum is to explore and discuss new vistas in water management, for residential, agricultural and industrial needs for California’s Central Coast,” said Shyam Kamath, Dean of CSUMB’s College of Business. Andrew Lawson, Dean of the CSUMB College of Science looks forward “to a day of engaging discussions that will result in a deeper understanding of our water challenges and solutions.”

The afternoon keynote speaker, David L. Sedlak, is the Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the NSF engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). He is the author of Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital
Resource (Yale, 2015) and the 2014 recipient of the National Water Research Institute Clarke Prize. His research addresses water reuse and the practice of using municipal wastewater effluent to sustain aquatic ecosystems and augment drinking water supplies. It also addresses the treatment and reuse of water from urban runoff and contaminated groundwater from industrial sites as clean water supplies.

The evening capnote speaker, Doc Hendley, is the Founder and President of Wine To Water & 2009 CNN Hero on the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers to water availability. Wine to Water commits funds raised through wine tastings to repair broken wells, install rainwater harvesting tanks and other sanitation modalities. Doc Hendley has taken personal risks to do the hard work of providing water and clean water education in far flung locations around the globe.

Greater Vision is an annual event addressing contemporary issues in agriculture and society. This year’s event, a collaborative project of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and CSUMB, is targeted at the Tri-County community, professionals and students. This year’s event is made possible by grants from the Lenore and Dale Meyer Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

In addition to the day’s speakers and presenters, an expo featuring innovative technologies, the latest water research, water suppliers and sponsors will be open throughout the day.

Greater Vision 2015

The Business of Healthy Eating: Your Mother Was Right

The Salinas Valley is growing the healthy eating solution to the public health problems of obesity, diabetes and heart disease – So why aren’t these problems solved? This session will discuss the role of marketing in healthy eating and explore an area where the agriculture industry and public health are beginning to work together.