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2017 World Ag Expo Breakfast

Asm. Caballero & Dan Walters Headline World Ag Expo Breakfast

Photo of Asm. Caballero at the World Ag Expo

Photo of Asm. Caballero at the World Ag Expo

Ag Council held its Sixth Annual World Ag Expo breakfast in Tulare on February 15 drawing members and friends alike to hear from both Assemblywoman Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) and political columnist Dan Walters.

Assemblywoman Caballero, who is known for her practical approach on policy issues and support of water storage, is the new Assembly Agriculture Committee chair and plans to help educate her legislative colleagues about agriculture and the challenges confronting rural areas. The assemblywoman has a breadth of experience in public policy at the local and state levels and discussed labor, crop protection and water issues with breakfast attendees. We appreciate her politically moderate approach and are pleased to work with her to address the complex issues facing agriculture.

Photo of Dan Walters at the World Ag Expo

Photo of Dan Walters at the World Ag Expo

Dan Walters, whose political column appears in more than 50 newspapers including the Sacramento Bee, discussed agricultural influence in Sacramento from a historical context. He highlighted the changes in California over the past few decades and cited large population growth, currently at 39 million, along with the reality that California is the most urbanized state in the country. He also pointed to a shift in the state toward a technology-driven economy fueled by Silicon Valley. Walters encouraged agriculture to use the political tools available to us including lobbying in the Capitol and within the regulatory agencies, engaging in campaigns to elect the best candidates, as well as participating in ballot measures to influence the political process.

Photo of Ag Council Board Member, Darren Hoff, with Asm. Caballero

Photo of Ag Council Board Member, Darren Hoff, during a tour with Asm. Caballero

After speaking to Ag Council members, Assemblywoman Caballero toured the World Ag Expo. She also visited local farms to learn more about the raisin industry with Darren Hoff who is an Ag Council board member and a Sun-Maid board member and grower. We thank her for the time she spent connecting with our members.