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published on October 3, 2016 - 8:45 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) welcomed participants today for its Future Advocates for Agriculture Concerned about Tomorrow (FAACT) Development Class XIV.


The award-winning FAACT program is an eight-month intensive, educational program for community leaders to acquire knowledge on a broad spectrum of issues affecting the agricultural sector of our region. The seminars discuss Fresno County and California agriculture, labor and immigration, natural resources, legislative and regulatory compliance issues, the path food takes from the farmer’s field to the consumer’s plate and much more.

Due to water’s importance to the region, two of the sessions will provide a comprehensive focus on watersheds, water resource management, groundwater, and water quantity and quality issues of Fresno County’s major water sources, including the Central Valley Project, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the Kings River system.

Class XIV is a diverse cross-section from local business, governmental and agricultural industries. Members of the class are:

    •    Nathan Alonzo, Fresno Chamber of Commerce
    •    Katelyn Ashton, Community Medical Foundation
    •    Christina Beckstead, Madera County Farm Bureau
    •    Gary Chahil, Congressman Jim Costa
    •    Brandon Chamberlain, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    •    Trent Diedrich, DDT Farming Services, Inc.
    •    Justin Holland, Baker Peterson Franklin, CPA, LLP
    •    Jeffrey Jantzen, Sorensen Farms
    •    Matt Lindsey, Lindsey Farms
    •    Jodi Raley, California Cotton Ginners & Growers Associations and Western Agricultural Processors Association
    •    Brittlyn Schwartz, Fresno County Farm Bureau
    •    Jeffrey Simonian, Simonian Fruit Company
    •    Esmeralda Soria, City of Fresno
    •    Arley Terrence, Fresno County Sheriff’s Department
    •    Mary Willis, California State University, Fresno
    •    Muyi Zhou, Fresno Council of Governments


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