New Class Selected for California Agricultural Leadership Foundation Program

Mon. September 10th, 2018 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

SALINAS, CA - California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) recently announced the twenty-four individuals selected for Class 49 of its California Agricultural Leadership Program. The program is an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders. The new fellows will be inaugurated into the program on October 11 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

Barry Bedwell, President, California Agricultural Leadership Foundation“These 24 outstanding individuals, evenly split between men and women, come from all areas of the state and represent many diverse sectors of production,” President Barry Bedwell shared. “What they have in common is a fervent desire to improve themselves as leaders who can further benefit California agriculture. We are excited to assist them in that journey.”

Through dynamic seminars during a 17-month program, fellows will study leadership theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change management, emotional intelligence, and complex social and cultural issues. According to a press release, seminars will be delivered by four partner universities: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, and UC Davis. Fellows will participate in 55 seminar days, including an eight-day national travel seminar and a 15-day international travel seminar.

The program is an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders

The Foundation noted that it invests approximately $55,000 per fellow to participate in the program, which is underwritten by individual and industry donations. Ag Leadership is considered to be one of the premier leadership programs in the United States. Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,300 men and women have participated in the program and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in the agriculture industry and other areas.

Class 49 fellows are listed below:

  • Brean Bettencourt, Bella Viva Orchards, Turlock
  • Adam Borchard, Association of California Water Agencies, Sacramento
  • Luis Calderon, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Oxnard
  • John Dmytriw, Index Fresh, Riverside
  • Steven Dodge, Acuity Agriculture, San Francisco
  • Miranda Driver, CalAgJobs, Woodland
  • Lesa Eidman, Superior Farms, Sacramento
  • Kate Elmore, Vail Ranches LLC, Brawley
  • James Ewart, Delicato Family Vineyards, King City
  • Brittany Fagundes, California Olive Ranch, Gridley
  • Steven Filter, Filter Farms Inc., Live Oak
  • Cherie France, Homegrown Organic Farms, Visalia
  • Daniel Hartwig, Woolf Enterprises, Fresno
  • Alyssa Houtby, California Citrus Mutual, Visalia
  • Betty Lindeman, Stevinson Water District, Los Banos
  • Melissa Macfarlane, Driscoll’s Nursery, Red Bluff
  • Adam Martinez, Driscoll’s, Watsonville
  • Daryn Miller, Monterey Pacific Inc., Templeton
  • Sara Neagu-Reed, California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento
  • Laura Pires, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Tulare
  • Jared Plumlee, Booth Ranches LLC, Orange Cove
  • Taylor Serres, Serres Ranch, Sonoma
  • Mark Unruh, J.G. Boswell Company, Corcoran
  • Jake Wenger, Wenger Ranch Inc., Modesto

Congratulations to Class 49!

California Agricultural Leadership Foundation