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24 California Leadership Fellows Chosen

FRESNO, CA (October 3, 2011)—Twenty-four participants have been selected for the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). CALP is an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders. The fellows will begin the 20-month program when they are inaugurated on Nov. 3 in Fresno.

Four partner universities—Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California State University, Fresno and the University of California, Davis — will conduct monthly seminars. Fellows will focus on team building, communication skills, self reflection, self discipline, strategic thinking, leadership theory, social and cultural awareness, ethics, political systems and legislative processes, and current national and international issues.

Santa Clara University and National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. provide additional segments. Fellows participate in a 10-day national travel seminar during the first year and a 15-day international travel seminar during the second year.

Joe Ange, assistant director of purchasing at the Salinas, Calif.-based Markon Cooperative, is one of 24 participants chosen for the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Fellows in class 42 are:

  • Joe Ange, Markon Cooperative, Salinas
  • Rachelle Antinetti, Mid Valley Ag Services, Linden
  • Carol Arnold, Foothill Farmers Market Association, Auburn
  • Ara Azhderian, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, Los Banos
  • Paul Basila, Basila Farms LLC, Fresno
  • Cameron Boswell, J.G. Boswell Company, Corcoran
  • Anne Coates, Cachuma Resource Conservation District, Santa Maria
  • Jason Cole, Cole Ranch, Santa Paula
  • Nathan Dorn, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Salinas
  • Brenda Farias, USDA-Farm Service Agency, Santa Maria
  • Ashley Gill, Green Acres Nursery & Supply, Sacramento
  • Robert Grether, Cultiva Consulting, Somis
  • Jared Gross, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Colusa
  • Cade Johnson, LeafWorks, Blythe
  • Denise Junqueiro, California Olive Committee, Fresno
  • Karl Lehman, Allied Grape Growers, Fresno
  • Justin Micheli, Micheli Family Farms, Live Oak
  • Chris Nichols, Chino Valley Ranchers, Arcadia
  • Elisa Noble, California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento
  • Ryan Person, Ryan Person Consulting Services, Clovis
  • Sonny Pulido, Primus Labs, Santa Maria
  • Michael Rivera, Westside Trading Company, Inc., Fresno
  • Michael Testa, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Pope Valley
  • Ulash Turkhan, Turkhan Foods, Ripon

Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,100 men and women have participated in the Ag Leadership Program and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, government, communities, business and education.

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