Our first stop of the day was at Full Belly Farms, where the group met with Paul Muller and his daughter Hallie, as well as Hallie’s cute baby girl, Clementine! Their farm is fully organic, producing a large variety of crops as well as housing a large number of chickens.
March 24, 2017
We started our day by visiting CoBank, a cooperative that is owned by over 24,000 farmers in the U.S., which works to provide credit and other financial services to farmers around the country. There Leili Ghazi, the president of the western region of CoBank, and Brett Lauppe, the western regions relations manager, explained to us how CoBank functions as well as some of the big issues that impact their company and agriculture in California.
March 23, 2017
This morning was led by Eric Tamichi. We were also lucky enough to hear the President and CEO of Valent, Michael Donaldson, as well as several other speakers discuss not only what Valent brings to the market but also all of the policy and issues dealing with the market as a whole.
March 21, 2017
The first stop of the day on March 21st was to the JS West Family Farm Eggs. We met with Tim Silva along with three other employees who gave us a tour of the chicken facility. They explained the transitions currently facing the egg industry.
March 21, 2017
The topics we've covered include agriculture diversity of California and some of its history, the challenges that it faces out there, and even a number of in-person and online guest presentations. Every guest felt more exciting than the last with people such as Karen Ross, the secretary of the California Department of Agricultural, and Dan Dooley, a principal at New Current Water and Land in Sacremento.
March 19, 2017