The State of Agriculture
Along California's Gold Coast
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Hollywood and high tech may get the headlines, but agriculture continues to be a key contributor to the economy and job market of Southern California. Farms in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County generate $4 billion in revenues from vegetables, fruits, nuts, flowers and other crops.
However, the agriculture industry along California’s Gold Coast faces a host of challenges, ranging from the region’s prolonged drought, immigration-related labor issues and competition from foreign suppliers to regulatory burdens and loss of land to residential and commercial real estate development.
What is the outlook for this long-established and important sector? Come hear the opinions of industry experts at the March 5th breakfast meeting of ACG 101, at a new venue: the Spanish Hills Country Club, in Camarillo.
Our panelists will include:
Toine Overgaag, President of Westerlay Orchids, Carpinteria. The company, founded by his father 35 years ago and led by Toine since 2009, operates 21 acres of greenhouses and, with a staff of 80, produces over 2 million potted orchids annually. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Toine was with Sibson Consulting before joining Westerlay Orchids.
Casey Houweling, Owner of Houweling's Tomatoes, Camarillo. The company was founded in 1956 by his father, Cornelius Houweling, a Dutch horticulturist. With facilities in Camarillo and British Columbia, Houweling's produces tomatoes in 175 acres of greenhouses in its two locations. The company puts its brand only on vine-ripened, hand-picked tomatoes it grows hydroponically, under conditions it controls from seed to package.
Jan Berk, Vice President, San Miguel Produce, Inc., Oxnard. The company, founded by Jan’s husband, Roy Nishimori, and two partners in 1975, is a vertically integrated grower, fresh-cut processor and shipper, specializing in dark leafy greens such as kale, chard, mustard greens, collard greens and dandelion greens that are sold under the brands San Miguel Produce, Cut ‘N Clean Greens, and Jade Asian Greens.
Susan B. Mulligan, PE, General Manager of the Calleguas Municipal Water District, which provides water to most of Ventura County through local water companies. Susan will discuss the immediate effects of the current drought and potential long-term solutions to the region’s need for water. A registered engineer, she joined the Calleguas Municipal Water District in 1993, and was named General Manager in 2010. A Stanford graduate in civil engineering, she earned an MBA from UCLA.
Our moderator is Donald J. Snyder, a Partner with Green Hasson Janks, which provides accounting and other services to a wide range of industries, including agriculture. Don has over 25 years of experience in public accounting, and heads the firm’s Food and Beverage Practice. A CPA, he is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
Please note that our meeting will be at the beautiful Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Avenue, in Camarillo. Click for a map.
Registration is $35 for ACG Members and $50 for others.
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