SALINAS, Sept. 6, 2017 – Twenty-four individuals have been selected for Class 48 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders. The new fellows will be inaugurated into the program on Oct. 12 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

Through dynamic seminars during an intensive 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. Seminars are 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.

“Congratulations to the outstanding individuals selected for Class 48 who represent the broad spectrum of California agriculture in terms of commodities, geography and diversity,” said Barry Bedwell, president of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF). “We look forward to their upcoming journey in becoming “leaders who make a difference” for California agriculture.”

CALF 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 48 Fellows:
Kelly Ansaldo, Rehrig Pacific Company, Fresno
Grant Baglietto, Baglietto Seeds, Stockton
Eric Bream, Bream Family Farms, Lindsay
Paul Crout, Vineyard Professional Services, Templeton
Linsey Dale, Imperial County Farm Bureau, Imperial
John Ellis, J.G. Boswell Company, Corcoran
Andrew Fisher, Fisher Farms, Blythe
Tim Fitzgerald, G3 Enterprises, Modesto
Lauren Hajik, Kahn, Soares & Conway, Sacramento
Mark Krebsbach, Western Milling, Visalia
Melissa Lema, Western United Dairymen, Ferndale
Ian LeMay, California Fresh Fruit Association, Fresno
Jazmin Lopez, Pisoni Farms, Gonzales
Adam Lovgren, Wonderful Nurseries, Wasco
Jarrett Martin, Central California Irrigation District, Gustine
Kelly Mora, Heritage Ag Insurance, Chico
Barzin Moradi, California Department of Food and Ag, Sacramento
Alejandra Navarrete, E&J Gallo Winery, Lodi
Bryan Nickerson, Western Growers, Irvine
Punit Parmar, Driscoll’s, Watsonville
Carissa Ryström, Morrison & Co., Chico
Jess Thomas, True Jerky, San Francisco
Joey Vander Schaaf, Vander Schaaf Dairy, Escalon
Mitchell Yerxa, River Vista Farms, Colusa