2014 Growing Possibilities Ag Summit

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On September 12th, 2014, EconAlliance hosted a forum bringing together elected officials, key county, city and community leaders with agriculturalists to celebrate today’s ag community and the sustainability of our robust agriculture sector.

AG SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS:
• The Current State of Agriculture and Ag Economic Impact Updates: California and Santa Barbara County
• Sustainability of Our Vibrant Ag Community
• Celebrating our Regional Agriculturalists plus Vendor Exhibits Showcasing Local Companies Supporting Our Ag Community

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS:
Keynote: California Agriculture — A California Success Story
Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Agriculture

Food = Life
Food Safety – A California Success Story
Scott Horsfall, CEO
Leafy Green Marketing Association

Collaborating to Build Next Generation Ag Professionals
Alfredo Koch, PhD; Agribusiness Coordinator and Instructor; Allan Hancock College
Stuart Styles, DE, PE; Professor and Director, Irrigation Training and Research Center; Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Benefits and Contributions of Ag in our Communities
Santa Barbara County Agriculture:
Regional Economic Driver
Cathy Fisher, Santa Barbara County

Agricultural Commissioner
California’s Working Landscapes
Glenda Humiston, PhD, State Director USDA Rural Development

Sustaining Our Ag Community and Growing the Vitality of Our Ag Sector: Opportunities & Challenges
Discussion Lead: Claire Wineman, President/CEO, Grower-Shipper Association
SB County Ag Commissioner Cathy Fisher
USDA Rural Development Director Glenda Humiston

GROWING POSSIBILITIES AG FORUM EVENT COMMITTEE:
Kari Campbell-Bohard, Campbell Ranches
Steve Jordan, Baroda Farms
Margaret Lau, Allan Hancock College
JoAnne Plummer, City of Lompoc
Andy Rice, OSREnterprises
Victor Tognazzini, 58 County Farm Bureau & Gold Coast Packing
Victoria Conner, EconAlliance
Lisa Bodrogi, Cuvee Consulting

EconAlliance Agriculture Initiative Team in collaboration with the Northern Santa Barbara County Ag Community

For Information, contact: Lisa Bodrogi, Agriculture Team Lead, EconAlliance (805) 937-8474 / lisa(at)cuvee.me and Victoria Conner, EconAlliance Initiatives Director (805) 345-0688 Initiatives@EconAIIiance.org

EVENT DOWNLOADS:
 Ag Summit Agenda

 Ag Summit Speakers

 Ag Summit Brochure

PRESENTATIONS:

“A Model for Producing Safe Food by Establishing a Culture of Food Safety on the Farm” by Scott Horsfall

“Growing Possibilities” by Alfredo Koch

“Cal Poly Irrigation Classes” by Stuart Styles

“Economic Contributions of Santa Barbara County Agriculture” by Cathy Fisher

“California’s Working Landscapes” by Glenda Humiston