Two Orland residents were among 24 people selected for Class 51 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders.
Jack Cecil is the Dryer Manager and Field Representative for Sunsweet Growers Inc., a producer-owned agricultural marketing cooperative established 104 years ago. He oversees all facets of the on-site prune drying and nut sheller facility: budgeting, safety programs, recruiting, planning during harvest, and facility upgrades. He also supports Sunsweet’s operations in Chile as a food safety auditor and operates his own walnut orchard.
Betsy Karle is a dairy consultant and county manager at the University of California Cooperative Extension in Glenn County. She conducts applied research and educational programs on dairy topics including animal health, calf management and environmental stewardship in the Sacramento Valley. She also oversees the 4-H, Master Gardener and Agriculture programs in the county. His family owns a small herd of beef cattle.
“The California Ag Leadership Foundation (CALF) nurtures leaders who make a difference and continue to lead agriculture, their businesses, their communities and their families,” said CALF President and CEO Dwight Ferguson. “We are recruiting a diverse and inclusive set of Fellows who represent a broad cross section of the California agriculture industry and the state’s population.”
Other Class 51 fellows include Scott Berndt, Riverside; Nick Escobar, Hughson; John Gardiner, Bakersfield; Matan Goldberg, San Francisco; Tom Gore, Healdsburg; Mylène Hermier, San Luis Obispo; Carrie Isaacson, Sacramento; Betsy Karle, Orland; Miguel Lizarraga, Escalon; Victor Lopez, El Centro; Ahna Miller, Watsonville; Kel Mitchel, Bakersfield; Charlotte Mitchell, Elk Grove; Scott Petersen, Sacramento; Jessica Saltzman, Tulare; Kevin Souza, Kingsburg; Ryan Stapleton, Forestville; Donglan Tian, Davis; Marlene Velasquez, Maxwell; Darcy Vlot, Chowchilla; Will Weiss, Kelseyville; Debbie Willmann, Corona and Jarett Zonneveld, Hanford.
“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 issues. social and cultural complexities, ”read a statement issued by the California Agricultural Leadership. Foundation.
The seminars are being delivered by four partner universities, including Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis, according to the statement.
“Fellows will participate in approximately 55 days of the seminar, including a 10-day national travel seminar and a 14-day international travel seminar,” he said in the statement.
The new fellows were inaugurated into the program on October 14 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.
According to the release, CALF is investing more than $ 50,000 per scholar to participate in the program, which is funded by donations from individuals and industry.
“Ag Leadership is considered one of the premier leadership programs in the United States,” the release read. “Since it was first launched in 1970, more than 1,300 men and women have participated in the program and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture and other fields.