This issue of Almond Facts provides tips for planting cover crops, regenerative agriculture, harvest considerations, and introduces you to the Blue Diamond Growers Foundation's scholarship recipients!
NEWS, VIEWS, AND INDUSTRY INSIGHT
Key Factors to Consider this Harvest Season
BDG Foundation Introduces 2022 Scholarship Recipients
Tips for Planting Cover Crop
Regenerative Ag and You
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8 FIELD TEAM 10 NEWS IN A NUTSHELL 20 GROWING THE GOODNESS 28 ADVOCACY REPORT 30 CULTIVATING SUSTAINABILITY 34 IN YOUR ORCHARD 42 CLASSIFIED ADS
Seeds for Bees cover crop closes Aug 31.
6 President’s Corner Mark discusses District Meetings, the benefits of OSIP, and the pride he feels that Blue Diamond has been able to consistently provide growers with competitively advantaged returns despite many challenges. He reviews the 2022 crop estimates while looking forward to a successful harvest season. 22 Meet the Blue Diamond Growers Foundation Scholarship Recipients The Blue Diamond Growers Foundation selected 25 young people to receive a scholarship for the 2022 – 2023 academic year. The Foundation assists students who are passionate about making a difference in their communities and influencing the future of agriculture.
30 Regenerative Agriculture and Blue Diamond Growers
Blue Diamond ’s Director of Sustainability, Dan Sonke, shares on the timely topic of regenerative agriculture in his column, “Sustainably Speaking with Dr. Dan.” 34 Project Apis m . Discusses Cover Crops There are several tips and tricks for planning and planting cover crop to consider adopting this season. If you haven’t yet, remember to get involved with Project Apis m .’s “Seeds for Bees” program.
ON THE COVER: Gearing up for the harvest season! And tips and tricks for cover crops
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dan Cummings, Chairman of the Board | Chico Stephen Van Duyn, Vice Chairman | Modesto Dale Van Groningen | Ripon John Monroe | Arbuckle George A. te Velde | Escalon Nick Blom | Modesto Dan Mendenhall | Winton
Matthew Efird | Fresno Kent Stenderup | Arvin Joe Huston | Monterey Kristin Daley | San Francisco
OFFICERS Mark Jansen, President and CEO Dean LaVallee, Chief Financial Officer/ Chief Operating Officer
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At the recent District Meetings held throughout the Central Valley, I appreciated the opportunity to connect with many of you in-person. You shared the challenges you are facing with increased production costs, especially in the areas of fuel, fertilizer and pest management. It certainly doesn’t help that water costs have also increased while so many were impacted by the February 2022 freeze, particularly in the northern part of the state. I’ve heard the challenging decisions that many have faced, balancing the needs of their orchards against lower market pricing and reduced yields while enduring rising input costs. Blue Diamond team members recognize that every penny counts!
With the end of the 2021 crop year in sight, we’ve had an opportunity to reflect on a dynamic season. Following several months of lackluster monthly industry shipments, innovative work by your Blue Diamond Team, in partnership with the Almond Alliance of California and others, has produced dramatic increases in shipment performance. As I stated at the District Meetings, it’s not that the port issues have necessarily improved, it’s more that we have learned to work better within the system to get your almonds to our customers. As a result, it now appears that the industry carryout at the end of 2021/22 marketing year will drop below 800 million pounds, a significant improvement over previous forecasts. As you’ve seen, this year’s National Statistical Service Objective Estimate for the 2022 California almond crop was 2.6 billion meat pounds. When compared to the May Subjective forecast of 2.8 billion pounds the 200-million- pound difference reflects concerns over water availability during California’s continued drought. The harvest season is now upon us. Fueled by extended runs of hot weather, growers with water and heat-stressed orchards in Fresno and Colusa counties started shaking trees in mid-July. I know many growers throughout the state are seeing nuts on the ground and readying equipment and resources for your busiest time of the year.
In times of inflation like these, it’s important to appreciate that one of the strengths of our 112-year-old co-op is financial stability. I’m proud that we’ve been able to consistently provide our growers with competitively advantaged returns when they need it most. In addition to delivering progress payments throughout the year, our growers can take advantage of accelerated or deferred payment options, as well as pre-harvest and stockpile advances. As Blue Diamond member-owners, our growers also have access to long and short- term investment programs, tax deductions, and premium payments for delivering exceptional quality almonds. Our Orchard Stewardship Incentive Program (OSIP) is another source of welcome funding. This year, the co-op paid out $1.75 million in incentives, an average of over $3,000 per contract, to reward growers for documenting the sustainable farming practices they’ve already been doing. As demonstrated through nearly a 50% increase in the number of contracts participating in this program, our growers have truly embraced their role as stewards of the land they farm. In case you missed it, the Almond Board recently shared a list of additional financial incentive opportunities associated with water and energy efficiency, water and air quality, and habitat creation, available for almond growers. More information on those incentives can be found on ABC’s website under Grower Tools.
Mark Jansen President & CEO
I’m pleased to report that our planning efforts are well underway for the 2022 Annual Growers meeting on November 16. We are hopeful that we’ll be able to return to an in-person format for this year’s meeting and are developing a productive and informative agenda. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Best of luck to you all on a successful harvest!
Mark Jansen President & CEO
Vice President Member Relations Mel Machado
Glenn, Butte, Tehama, Placer, Yuba & Sutter Christine Ivory, (530) 518-9109
Colusa, Yolo & Solano John Aja, (530) 338-6440 Sacramento, Calaveras, Alameda & San Joaquin West of Austin Rd Ben Goudie, (209) 225-0413 Stanislaus County North of Tuolumne River & West of San Joaquin River Justin Elam, (209) 303-7306 San Joaquin East of Austin Rd; Stanislaus South of Tuolumne, East of San Joaquin River & West of Hwy 99; Merced North of the Merced River, West of Hwy 99 KC Stone, (209) 596-5375 Stanislaus South of Tuolumne River, East of 99 & Merced North of Merced River, East of 99) Brian Noeller, (209) 417-2010 Merced County, West of 99 & South of Merced River, East of 99, North of Hwy 140 Trent Voss, (209) 470-5981 Merced County, South of Hwy 140 & Madera County, North of Ave 12 Kenny Miyamoto, (209) 323-8454 Southern Madera County & Northern Fresno County Ashley Correia, (559) 356-1584 Southern Fresno & Kings Counties Meggie Gilbert, (559) 470-9731 Tulare & Kern Counties Meggie Gilbert, (559) 470-9731 Membership Office Jennifer Claussen – Membership Coordinator (209) 545-6225 Daniel Dekeyrel – Membership Assistant ( Delivery Tags ) (209) 545-6261 Grower Accounting Joe Lavagnino – Grower Accounting Manager (916) 446-8491 Kristie Ezell – Grower Accounting Coordinator (916) 446-8368 Erika Martin – Grower Accounting Assistant (916) 446-8385
(209) 545-6222 – Salida (209) 531-6352 – Cellular Director Member Relations Ben Goudie (209) 225-0413
2022 Grower Liaisons
P. Samantha Lewis Chris Alves Luke Konyn Robert Thill Brian Erickson Stacy Gore Jerry Montz Steve Carlos Fred Montgomery Daniel Varner Greg Overton Darcy Jones Dan Cummings W. Howard Isom
Cathy Marsh Sid La Grande
Chairman Vice-Chairman Ex-Officio Director Appointed (Member-at-Large)
Joe Martinez Sarah Pippitt Maryann Warmerdam Don Bransford
Almond Board Alternate Almond Board Director Almond Board Chair
Ryan Finnen Brian Cahill Jake Driver Ron Tadlock Jake Spooner Amy Abele John Monroe
Elaine Rominger Gerald Rominger
Nick Alta Chris Rishwain Jack Dalton Don Van Vliet Rick Phillips Louie Tallerico
John Almeida Phil Mohler Jake Sonke Bryan Van Groningen Kevin Van Laar
Rick Morris Paul Adrian Wayne Bruns Tim Roos Mike Ballatore Dawn Price Ian Koetsier George te Velde
Mike Bogetti Allen Sipma Bert Van Ryn Rudy Mussi Zack Reinstein Dale Van Groningen John Thoming
For Grower Liaison contact information, please contact your regional manager.
Kevin Fondse Kenneth Roos
Eric Heinrich Naomi A. Layland Alex Vanderstoel Ryan Valk John De Visser Manuel Furtado Lucas Van Duyn Grant Ardis Brandon Riddle Mark Giannini Dennis Bowers Stephen Van Duyn Neil Van Duyn
Christine Gemperle Don Clark
David Tolmosoff Robert Allen Jens Finderup RJ Maan Ryan Indart Lee Erickson Norman Pretzer
Mark Fanucchi Doug Kindig Ray Van Beek Mark Palla Gurcharan Dhillon Kyle Balakian Keith Gilbert Karamjit Jhandi Mark Tos Benjamin Wilson Paramjit Dosanjh
Frank Fagundes Jeffrey Baize Tim Lohman Rick Scoto Galen Miyamoto
Jared Serpa Hal Carlton Frank Borba Trent Voss Michael Mora Paul Danbom Eric Genzoli Rod Vilas
Joe Sansoni Jimmi Atwal
Steve Bains Mike Yager Neil Amaral Mason McKinney Blake Little Matt Efird George Goshgarian Aldo Sansoni
Louis Bandoni David P. Souza James Ohki Jason Chandler Dan Smith Dan Mendenhall Robert J. Weimer
Rick Alvernaz Gary Marchy Nick Blom Charles Crivelli III Steve Vilas Bill Brush
Lisa Marroquin Kent Stenderup Clinton Shick
NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
Blue Diamond Almond Growers Spearhead ‘Almond Express’ Rail Service to Ports of LA and LB
Read the article via the link below or scan the QR code with your smartphone. ajot.com/insights/full/ai-blue-diamond-almond-growers- spearhead-almond-express-rail-service-to-ports-of-la-and-lb
Special Feature in Progress Magazine
Blue Diamond was featured in the June edition of the local Modesto Chamber of Commerce magazine, Progress . The article from Site Director, Dennis Bettencourt highlights the innovative, new flavors currently on shelves near you. Salida also received a shoutout in the Agriculture Day article following the 2022 Leadership Modesto class and onsite tour in June. Blue Diamond is fully committed to ensuring the Salida site continues to maintain a strong presence in the Modesto community.
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Whitley Kicks Off Philippines Trade Mission
Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley visited Manila in July to launch a USDA trade mission to build strong partnerships between the Philippines and the U.S. 29 representatives from U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations joined him along with 10 state departments of agriculture who wish to explore export opportunities in the Philippines. Warren Cohen, VP International Sales for Global Ingredients represented Blue Diamond on this mission. Cohen stated, “Attending the USDA trade shows offers Blue Diamond a unique opportunity to meet with key customers in market and create tighter alliances with our friends at the US Foreign Agricultural Service and local government authorities.” “The USDA Philippines trade mission will offer an abundance of opportunities for both the United States and the Philippines,” said Whitley. “I’m confident the next few days will produce mutually beneficial results to help expand trade, increase collaboration on key issues impacting agriculture in both our countries, and ultimately strengthen Philippine food security. We have a diverse group of U.S. agribusinesses and industry officials joining us in Manilla who can provide reliable, high-quality, and sustainably produced U.S. food and farm products to local buyers.
The Philippines ranks as the eighth-largest export market for U.S. food and agricultural products, averaging $3.1 billion during the past five years, and we’re looking forward to increasing sales and meeting the growing demand from Filipino consumers for U.S. foods.”
Left to Right: CDFA Josh Eddy, CDFA Undersecretary Birdsong, Elizabeth Carranza CA Blueberry Commission, USDA FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley, Warren Cohen Blue Diamond Growers and Catherine Stringer CA Fresh Fruit Assoc.
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Blue Diamond Briefings in Washington DC
Blue Diamond hosted congressional and administration briefings on July 18–21. While DC visits have often been done by Blue Diamond before, this was the first time group briefings were conducted, with sessions held for the Senate, House, and the administration. Dr. Dan Sonke, Jeff Smith, and Steve Schult were joined by Alicia Rockwell to give 10-minute presentations demonstrating the cooperative’s innovative approaches to sustainability, product development and global supply chain. Excellent feedback from attendees was provided which encourages Blue Diamond to produce more briefings for congressional staff in the future. Blue Diamond was accompanied by Almond Alliance CEO and President, Aubrey Bettencourt for separate meetings on the Hill and with leaders at USDA. The team focused the conversations on our industry’s accelerated progress in sustainable production and the creative supply chain solutions to support our high export needs. They enjoyed dinner with Congressman Jim Costa and his staff, dinner with Congressman John Garamendi and his staff, and met with many other members of Congress and their staff members for further discussions.
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Dr. Dan Sonke giving a briefing in the Cannon Building (House of Reps)
Jeff Smith briefs on Innovation
Steve Schult briefs on global supply chain solutions
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NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
Catching up at July’s District Meetings
In agriculture, each year presents new challenges and once again, almond growers throughout the Central Valley are facing a significant series of trials. Some growers have suffered a varying degree of freeze damage, and many are being impacted by the continuing drought, all while input costs have increased due to global political instability and supply chain challenges. Over the past year, the Blue Diamond team has been busy processing and marketing the 2021 crop and preparing for the 2022 harvest. It was exciting for everyone to be back in person for District meetings from July 12–15 where the team presented the latest information on market conditions and how Blue Diamond has tackled this year’s challenges on behalf of our grower owners.
It was a great pleasure having Bob on the board. His understated manner at times belied the wisdom of his insights and contributions, especially in the areas of prudent corporate governance practices and water policy. — Dan Cummings, Chairman of the Board, Blue Diamond Growers
Remembering Former Board Director, Robert “Bob” J. Weimer Robert J. Weimer (November 18, 1945 – July 20, 2022)
Former Blue Diamond board director, Bob Weimer passed away on July 20, 2022, at his home in Atwater, California. After earning his Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology from Washington State University he returned to Atwater to work with his family on Weimer Farms, where they grew almonds, walnuts, peaches, and sweet potatoes. Bob also started his own manufacturing business in the 1970s that centered around irrigation. Dan Cummings, Chairman of the Board for Blue Diamond , shared, “It was a great pleasure having Bob on the board. His understated manner at times belied the wisdom of his insights and contributions, especially in the areas of prudent corporate governance practices and water policy.” Bob served various organizations in his community. He was a past president of the Merced County
Farm Bureau and participated in several other local agriculture organizations. He was a member of Blue Diamond Growers and served as the District 7 board member for over a decade. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Blue Diamond Growers Foundation which was designed to provide scholarships to promising students from California’s Central Valley who are attending a college that offers a 4-year degree in Agriculture. He even served as the Foundation’s first president. According to family, Bob loved and faithfully served all the people in his life. He enjoyed sharing a “day in the life of a farmer” with guests and traveling to Blue Diamond events with his wife of 31 years, Kristin Rae. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, stepdaughter, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nephews, and grandchildren.
NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
#WeAreBlueDiamond Social Media Activity
This month, we celebrated our national freedom on the 4th of July, created a great podcast chatting about “better-for-you” almond-based products, and tuned into top Brazilian chef, Ana Maria’s newest Almond Breeze recipes. Blue Diamond was also featured in the American Journal of Transportation for our innovative ideas on circumventing the congested ports. Finally, we celebrated our summer interns and also ran our Blue Diamond Community Grant cycle until mid-July; grant recipients will be awarded in September.
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BLUE DIAMOND INVESTMENT PROGRAMS Current Investment Rates available as of August 1, 2022
Blue Diamond Growers offers members short-term and long- term investment programs. The objective of these programs is to serve as a competitive investment alternative for our members and provide Blue Diamond Growers with a steady source of funds. The interest rates effective August 1, 2022, for the program are listed here:
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For more information, contact your local Regional Manager, or Member Services at (209) 545-6225.
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NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
Beer-Battered Onion Rings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 25
Ingredients • 2 large Vidalia onions • ½ cup cornstarch
Directions 1. Peel and slice onions to ½-inch rings and separate. Dredge onion rings in cornstarch. 2. P lace remaining ingredients except oil into a blender and blend until smooth. 3. P lace oil into a heavy-bottomed pan, about 2-inches deep. Heat to 350°F. 4. Dip individual onion rings into batter with a fork and carefully place into hot oil. Fry for about
Gluten-Free Flour Blend: • 2 cups brown rice flour • 2 cups white rice flour • 2 cups tapioca flour • 1 cup corn starch • ¼ tablespoon xantham gum Simply sift all ingredients together thoroughly and store any amount you do not use in an airtight container. The gluten-free flour blend keeps in the fridge for up to three months or in the freezer for up to six months. Just remember to bring the measurement of flour you want to use up to room temperature before baking for optimum texture and consistency.
• 1 cup Blue Diamond Almond Flour • ½ cup Blue Diamond gluten-free flour blend (see recipe in the sidebar) • 1 cup beer • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon pepper • ½ teaspoon paprika • ½ teaspoon garlic powder • 4 egg whites • ¼ teaspoon onion powder • Vegetable oil for frying
1 minute until golden, then flip. Fry for an additional
minute. Fry onions in batches. 5. Remove from oil and let drain on paper towels before serving.
Almond Breeze Banana Coconut Ice Pops Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 1
Ingredients • 2⅓ cup Almond Breeze Blended with Real Bananas Almondmilk or Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almondmilk Coconutmilk • 1¼ cup sliced or diced firm and ripe bananas • ½ cup toasted coconut flakes
Directions 1. Place ½ ounce (about 2–3 slices) of banana in the bottom of each ice pop mold. Pour ¼ cup of your choice of Almond Breeze Almondmilk over bananas. 2. P lace ice pop mold on a tray in the freezer for 30–45 minutes (this helps hold bananas in place before adding more almondmilk). Once partially frozen, add 3–4 more banana slices and top all ice pops off with more almondmilk, leaving a quarter of an inch at the top to allow for expansion when freezing. 3. F reeze for 2–3 hours or overnight. Before serving, pour ½ cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk in a small bowl. Remove ice pops from container and dip the tip of each ice pop in the almondmilk and then roll in the coconut shavings.
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Meet Blue Diamond ’s 2022 Summer Interns! This summer, Blue Diamond has 13 college interns participating in a 12-week internship. Blue Diamond ’s Intern Program provides a unique development experience through meaningful, project-based work, cohort group meetings, development sessions, team building events, field and site tours, and regular coaching.
We are proud to share that each year several interns are hired on as full-time Blue Diamond employees upon completion of their internship.
The 2022 interns are involved in Manufacturing, Engineering, Marketing, Operations, Maintenance, Process Improvement, IT, Public Affairs, and Supply Chain. They will absorb valuable insight into the almond industry while learning new marketable skills and developing key relationships within their teams.
We are pleased to have the following interns in our program this summer: Alex Ochoa , University of California, Merced - Engineering Intern (Turlock) Kevin Aghassi Lelham ,
Justin Roaquin , San Francisco State University - IT Intern (Sacramento) Isaiah Johnson , University of California, Merced - Operations Intern (Turlock) Michael Chiu , UC Berkeley/UCLA - Process Improvement Intern (Sacramento) Marissa Goldston , Sacramento State University - Process Improvement Intern (Sacramento)
Jasmine Dawson , California State University, Chico - Product Marketing Intern (Sacramento) Micaela Angela Esguerra , Sacramento State University - Product Marketing Intern (Sacramento) Nour Taha , UC Davis - Public Affairs Intern (Sacramento) Jared McClellan , Brigham Young University - Supply Chain Intern (Sacramento)
University of California, Merced - Engineering Intern (Turlock/Salida) Cameron Dhanowa , University of Pacific, Stockton - Manufacturing Processing Intern (Sacramento) not pictured Freshta Malikzada , UC Davis - Maintenance Intern (Sacramento) Chris Coats , UC Davis - Maintenance Intern (Sacramento)
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25 Students Awarded Blue Diamond Growers Foundation Scholarship
To ensure the success of agriculture in the years to come, it will demand the dedication and hard work of the next generation. The Blue Diamond Growers Foundation selected 25 young people to receive a scholarship for the 2022–2023 academic year. The Foundation assists students who are passionate about making a difference in their communities and influencing the future of agriculture. Meet this year’s Blue Diamond Growers Foundation scholarship recipients and read excerpts from each of their essays where they described their goals for the future.
Vanessa Anaya (Winters, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO Major: Biochemistry Iʼm highly interested in pursuing medicine, specifically surgery. Growing up, I witnessed a distinct lack of representation in medicine for people who looked like me. As the first Mexican surgeon in my
plan to use my hands, mind, and heart to make a difference in our world. I will contribute to an industry that feeds our society. I have learned skills in promotion, communication, and innovation. I plan to use these skills to incorporate new ways to market and grow all sectors of agriculture.
Mia Brown (Modesto, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO, UC Davis or CSU Chico Major: Horticulture My goal is to become a professor in Horticulture and Plant Sciences. After I graduate, I plan to work in the industry to gain more practice and hands on
community, Iʼll have the opportunity to save lives and show others from similar backgrounds that there is a place for them in whichever path they choose. However, my journey throughout Ag Education, FFA Regional Office, and my involvement in Career Development Events have shown me how vital agriculture is. Although I am pursuing a role in medicine, I hope to continue to use the knowledge I've gained as an FFA member to serve as a mentor for future agriculturists. In the future, I plan to assist FFA programs coach teams and partner with California FFA in leading conferences that focus on agricultural advocacy.
experience before pursuing a PhD. I would like to focus on research, outreach, and teaching. I am very passionate about teaching my community and society about agriculture and where our food comes from. I also want to focus on making ag education accessible to more students. I am a special education student, I have autism, ADHD and dyslexia. My involvement in ag education built my confidence, expanded my knowledge, and allowed me to find my passions and dreams.
Jenna Bates (Livingston, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO Major: Ag Systems Management I plan to join an agriculture establishment that allows me to help increase their production, market products for them, or create new technological systems. My participation in the FFA and agricultural
education has introduced me to food production and safety, livestock production, and communications and marketing. I
Joseph Carlos (Orland, CA) Fall 2022 School: UC Davis Major: Ag Education My long-term goal is to own and manage a family farm independently. Until then, I would like to acquire more experience in the agricultural world. It is for this reason that I am choosing
that can help future generations. This can benefit society by ensuring quality products while not compromising the continual use of land for many years to come. They (PCA’s) advise farmers on modern practices when it comes to spraying and fertilizing and help ensure that the farmer gets good yields while maintaining quality.
Morgan Dennis (Maxwell, CA) Fall 2022 School: Oklahoma State University Major: Agribusiness
to study management and agriculture classes. I would like to learn how to farm and harvest more efficiently. I would also like to develop a more efficient form of communication that helps the farming communities. I plan to share it (my knowledge) with those around me because I believe that the future of agriculture lies in helping each other grow and sharing beneficial information. The agricultural community thrives on unity instead of competition. While friendly competition is still a great way to speed up growth and provide inspiration.
I am in my second semester at Oklahoma State University and
involved in the Freshmen in Transition (FIT) program, the Ferguson College of Agricultureʼs Living Learning Program.
I have been offered an internship with the Vann Brothers working at their almond huller. I also plan on applying to obtain an internship with HDR, a consultant for the site’s Reservoir Project. I plan to obtain a job in agriculture using my new knowledge to feed into society physically and mentally. From food to clothing I hope to be able to assist the agricultural community with providing for the world.
Princesa Ceballos (Porterville, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO Major: Plant & Soil Science I chose my major because of my participation with the FFA. I hope to concentrate on plant protection in hopes of gaining hands-on experience to obtain a job as a Pest Control
Holly Doherty (Dunnigan, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO Major: Agribusiness I grew up in a family that farms rice, almonds, walnuts, and raises registered Black Angus Cattle. Our almonds are sold to Blue Diamond . I have grown more interested in the business side
Advisor in the San Joaquin Valley. I will be able to develop sustainable solutions necessary for the continued advancement of technology, irrigation, and cultivation. As a Pest Control Advisor, I will ensure the safe and healthy harvest of crops to allow for the safe consumption of produce. Along with developing sustainable agricultural methods that will reduce water usage and increase crop yield.
of the farm, and when I entered high school, I joined the FFA program. I started my own business, Bird Creek Beef, where I market and sell the meat from our small cattle operation. Since growing up in agriculture I decided that getting a degree in Agriculture Business would be the wisest option for me. Upon graduation I plan to return to my familyʼs farm by using the marketing and business skills I gained. Not only will I be able to help the farm with smart business decisions, I also will use my experience and knowledge to educate the community about farm to fork food.
Andrew Copeland (Oakdale, CA) Fall 2022 School: Stanislaus State University Major: Plant & Soil Science I would like to become a Pest Control
Advisor (PCA) after graduating. I have a background and experience in almonds and would like to continue working with them by either farming or consulting. I can help others use sustainable practices
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Delainee Fernandes (Tulare, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO Major: Agribusiness Agriculture has advanced far beyond working the soil and caring for animals, it has evolved into varying businesses requiring detailed and precise measures. The businesses
Joshua Hack (Turlock, CA) Fall 2022 School: Modesto Jr College Major: Agribusiness I am a student at Modesto Junior College where I am double majoring in Ag Business and Mathematics. I will be obtaining my A.S. in Ag Business this summer and my A.S. in Math in
consist of but are not limited to marketing, advancing technology, environmental sustainability, processing, management, and production. I chose Agricultural Business to combine my love for mathematics and passion for agriculture. After college, I intend to return to my hometown to work as an agricultural accountant for a bank or business and aspire to manage and operate a farm of my own.
the spring of 2024. After I complete my A.S. degrees I plan to transfer to Cal Poly SLO to major in Bio Resource and Ag Engineering. With my degree I hope to work in the irrigation industry, either designing irrigation systems for farmers to optimize their individual situation or work towards a more sustainable water system to help farmers maximize their allotted water and have enough water to grow their crops. I want to work to be part of the solution to the water crisis in California so that the farmers have enough water to effectively grow their crops.
Frank Fernandes (Tulare, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO Major: Ag Systems Management
Farnaz Haghighat (Folsom, CA) Fall 2022 School: UC Davis Major: Psychology With psychology as my desired degree, I can make a profound impact within California’s society, with a special focus on our agricultural department. I can propel American
Having grown up learning from my dad on our family farm, I know I will enjoy making a career out of it. I am majoring in agriculture systems management and possibly minoring in
agriculture business. This will help me in accomplishing my goal of coming back to manage the farm someday. I hope to apply the knowledge I received in college to the farm by applying better practices for water consumption from crops and using new technologies to increase productivity or quality. I hope to figure out ways to use water more efficiently and save water and money. Farming is also an important job as it supplies food for everyone, so finding cheaper and more efficient practices benefits everyone.
agriculture through research which can include how to obtain, retain, and maintain workers towards our agricultural department. Initiating practices that attract workers to our field allows for diversity in our work environment. Our mental health is equally as important as our physical health, and with California’s vast agricultural program, our employees work in varying degrees and in various specifications. Through therapy, we would be promoting a positive and equitable work environment for all workers.
Garrett Hesser (Valley Springs, CA) Fall 2022 School: UC Davis Major: Ag Education Growing up on a cattle ranch in the foothills of Calaveras County I developed a love for the land and growing passion for watershed and rangeland management. After
Rachel Majarian (Visalia, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO Major: Ag Communications
Once introduced to the career of Ag Law, I became very excited to fight for a cause that I believe in. Pursuing a degree in Ag Communications, with the career goal of being an Ag Lawyer
witnessing the Butte Fire devastate our county in 2015, I was determined to do more for my community and pursue an education and career that could prevent these catastrophes. I became a volunteer firefighter which has allowed me to embrace many leadership roles believing that when we empower each other in positive ways, meaningful change can happen. My experience working for the fire department along with my upbringing on a cattle ranch has influenced me to pursue a degree in Environmental and Ag Education along with a minor in Watershed and Rangeland Management. This degree will allow me to pursue a professional career dedicated to educating and protecting our precious natural and agricultural resources while also running our family’s cattle operation and serving as a volunteer firefighter. I want to live a life of service, giving back to my community while working to inspire others to care for our watersheds and forests.
will allow me to support the community that I live in, along with supporting agriculture in our state and beyond. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Ag Communications, I will need to attend law school and pass the Bar Exam. It will be a very rigorous pathway to my goal, but I am confident that with my drive and determination I can do it. Being a lawyer will allow me to give back to an industry that has given me so much.
Brooke Miranda (Turlock, CA) Fall 2022 School: Clemson University Major: Ag Law
As a daughter of a dairy farmer, my parents have taught me the importance of agriculture and the impact it has on our world. My plan is to major in agribusiness or agri-law to learn more
about the rights delegated to farmers, such as land and water. I would advocate for CA farmers and agriculture by pursuing my career here in the CA valley. I will support the rights of farmers and continue to spread the good of our California agriculture. With all the hate towards agriculture, it motivates me to help inform people of all the good ag brings our world.
Remmington Hewitt (Pleasant Grove, CA) Fall 2022 School: University of Oregon Major: Agribusiness I have reached a point in my young life where I may be considered successful by those who know me best. I will be attending the University of Oregon to continue my educational and
Caitlyn Morgan (Red Bluff, CA) Fall 2022 School: CSU Monterey Bay Major: Plant & Soil Science Upon graduating from California State University Monterey Bay and obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Plant and Soil Sciences (AGPS) with a minor in Biology, I plan
athletic careers. It is my goal to always be a listener in times of conversational conflict and indeed be the one to act upon my leadership background and confidently speak up. As the class valedictorian, the student body, class, and FFA presidents it’s been my pledge to explore ways to bring awareness to our campus culture while maintaining my beliefs and morals.
to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s or PhD in Agronomy or Plant Pathology. I also intend to obtain my PCA, Certified Crop Advisor, and Organic Inspector licenses. I then plan to work as an Agronomist, overseeing crop production and soil management efforts for seed
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TJ Rohwer (Chico, CA) Fall 2022 School: Oregon State University Honors College Major: Bioengineering & Mechanical Engineering I have always found great pleasure working with my hands, and constructing functional mechanisms, but have always been similarly
companies and growers. My coursework will provide me with all the materials I need to develop expertise in crop management, including crop physiology and life cycles, the role of soil, water, nutrient and pest management on crop quality, yield, sustainability, and profitability, as well as relevant laws and regulations.
Morgan Oliveira (Hilmar, CA) Fall 2022 School: Modesto Jr. College Major: Ag Communications As a future agriculture educator, I know I hold a truly important task, inspiring the future generation to be a part of the agricultural industry. My goal is to continue my current mission as a
fascinated with the workings of biological systems and living organisms. The double major program allows me to pursue work in the field of mechanical engineering with a focus on agricultural robotics technologies. An example is the Mummy Assassin, a robot developed by InsightTrac Robotic Mummy Removal. From there I can grow my skill set to include more human assistance-oriented robotics. From an agricultural perspective, these technologies and devices will help the industry remain competitive for years to come. I’m aiming to return to Sacramento Valley to continue helping out on the family farm.
leader within the FFA organization: helping members create their own passion for agriculture. I plan on earning my associate degree in Agribusiness before attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to earn a master’s degree in Agriculture Communications and a teaching credential. My future education will not only help me to serve the agriculture community in terms of advocating for it, but also helping others advocate for it.
Mallory Sutherland (Bakersfield, CA) Fall 2022 School: CSU Fresno Major: Agribusiness Agricultural education and the Future Farmers of America organization is what sparked my interest in serving others as a leader. With this degree, my investment and role in the future
Hailey Pasley (Chowchilla, CA) Fall 2022 School: Abilene Christian University Major: Bio-Environmental Science While participating in the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, I completed an in-depth research project on a public health issue. My topic revolved around the impacts of
of agriculture, my desire is to become an advocate for the agriculture industry. As an advocate, I can give insight to those who have been misinformed regarding agricultural topics. When the globe begins to recognize the relevance of agriculture in their own lives, communities will start to work together to feed the rapidly growing population. Creating a world that is agriculturally literate and works together as one is making my community a better place at this very moment.
different pesticide applications on rural communities. As a public health professional, I intend to spotlight the issues that those working in agriculture face and the importance of investing in and protecting agriculture in our Valley. By drawing attention to the challenges that we are facing as an agricultural community, I can work to improve the future of agriculture, which benefits society since we all rely on agriculture every single day.
Stephanie Temnyk (Turlock, CA) Fall 2022 School: Arizona State University Major: Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology I am on track to begin my master's in Fall 2022 (concurrently with my bachelorʼs) and my PhD in Fall 2024. I have already experienced the scientific process in joining a lab team
with laboratory instruction, leadership development, and provide hands-on learning. I believe there has never been a more important time than now to teach our youth to understand how agriculture and natural resources impact our lives through the quality and abundance of our food supply.
Blaine Wilson (Woodland, CA) Fall 2022 School: Cal Poly SLO or UC Davis Major: Ag Systems Management My career interests include working in plant breeding or in the seed development industries. My hope, when finished with school, is to put my knowledge and connections to use
researching the effects of light duration (photoperiod) on indoor vertical strawberry gardening. The implications from this research pave the path for higher yields, lower costs, and improved fruit quality. Overall, my efforts serve to better understand the science of plant varieties, unlocking the mechanisms of poorly understood genes and tracing their evolutionary history. The research I perform can help me to one day boost horticultural yields for farmers and broaden plant nutritional profiles for undernourished communities.
in the agricultural industry in California. To impact the efficiency of land use or help create disease-resistant seed varieties or even influence how and where plants will be grown will only benefit and support our farmers and our consumers.
Carson Vanella (Chico, CA) Fall 2022 School: Utah State University Major: Agribusiness Management I hope to manage my family's almond and walnut farm in northern California. I am very interested in Farm and Ranch Management. This particular major perfectly aligns with my goals. I am
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also very interested in Agribusiness. I think that studying Agribusiness will allow me to help the farm grow further. Not only that but the flow of crops and money will benefit the economy and, in turn, society. With the knowledge I will learn from both areas of study, I will surely be able to help my family’s farm grow and improve.
Erin Vierra (Los Banos, CA) Fall 2022 School: Oklahoma State University Major: Ag Education Once I receive my bachelor’s degree, I plan to move back to California to obtain my teaching credential. As an ag teacher I will be able to contribute to our next generation by
reiterating the importance of where our food and fiber come from, preserving and preparing future generations in agriculture. I plan to innovate through the classroom
Current Updates in our Nation’s Capital President Biden nominated Mr. Doug McKillop as the Agricultural Ambassador at USTR. Ms. Alexis Taylor was nominated to be Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at USDA. These appointments are very helpful for agricultural trade and filling these two positions is very important for us. It places agriculture trade negotiators in position to work on market access.
Ukraine. There are global concerns around food insecurity and accelerating food inflation. Inflation continues to impact every American. Chief economists report that central banks are increasing interest rates at the fastest pace American’s have seen in more than three decades. Due to increasing inflation, the Biden Administration is trying to respond. In May, President Biden released a three-part plan to tackle inflation in an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal. His three points include relying on the Federal Reserve to control inflation; making things affordable for families; lastly reducing the federal deficit. Both Republicans and Democrats are frustrated with the rising inflation and labor shortages. It is expected that this will be an important issue in the midterms. In-person work in the Federal government has returned. Senior officials at the Agriculture Department were called back to work in person at the end of February. Now most USDA employees are back in the office.
President Biden announced his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework at the end of May. The framework outlines a partnership with 12 other nations, including Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. China is not included in this agreement. This, in conjunction with President Biden’s remarks that the United States will defend Taiwan if China invades, will cause tensions with China to rise. It is expected that the world will experience a significant grain and wheat shortage due to the ongoing Ukraine conflict. It has now been over 130 days since Russia first invaded
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