Specifically, 2 Pacifics

FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin x Sacramento Valley | Friday, March 26th, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
Sierra Pacific Industries – Lincoln, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Francisco Castillo – Senior Director Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad
Mark Luster – Community Relations Manager, Sierra Pacific Industries
Katie Luther – Workforce Development & Communication Coordinator, Sierra Pacific Industries

Theme:
Personal Development, Personal Branding, and Building Your Network

Sawmill Operations, Professional Skill Sets, and Career Planning

Summary of the Day:
This double-header, San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley Leadership Lesson and Field Day, event featured two public relations professionals from two of California’s heavy industry sectors. Union Pacific Railroad is the largest railroad in North America, covers 23 states and, since its completion in 1869, remains a fixture in the logistics of most commodities to this day. Sierra Pacific Industries is a family-owned company, they are the second largest land-owner in North America (yes, I do mean the ENTIRE CONTINENT of North America), and remain a leader in the lumber manufacturing industry for more than 70 years. Though the Virtual Tour only explores a fraction of the jobs available with Sierra Pacific Industries, it should be noted that Sierra Pacific’s land holdings span from as far north as Burlington, Washington to Keystone in California. In the latter portion of the Q&A session with Mark Luster, we delve into the subject of female representation within the ranks of the Sierra Pacific workforce and request feedback from some of our FARMS Leadership students. 

5 Departments, 1 Hour

FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin x Sacramento Valley | Friday, February 12th, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
U.C. Davis Department of Animal Sciences — Davis, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Aaron Prinz – Animal Facilities Manager, Interim Swine Facilities Manager
Kelli Davis – Horse Barn Manager
Benjamin A. Rupchis – Goat Teaching and Research Facility Manager
Kristy Portillo – Avian Facility Manager
Caleb Sehnert – Meat Laboratory Manager

Theme:
Post-Secondary Education in Agriculture and Careers in Animal Learning

Summary of the Day:
This non-recorded, virtual field day with the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin FARMS Leadership classes feature several Animal Facilities within U.C. Davis’ Animal Sciences Department. Animal Facilities Manager and head of the 11 Animal Facilities Departments, Aaron Prinz, hosted our FARMS Leadership students for a 1-hour Zoom tour of five of the 11 Departments. Following introductions and a review of the Animal Facilities Manager’s background and career history, FARMS students enjoyed a private screening of video presentations of each of the featured Manager’s Facilities. The digital format of this field day, presented the opportunity to visit and learn about over twice as many U.C. Davis Animal Facilities; as compared with previous field days, due to time and logistical constraints. Hands-on Learning Kits for this field day included some official U.C. Davis-branded swag and Pepperoni Snack Sticks, complements of U.C. Davis’ Meat Laboratory.   

For more information about the U.C. Davis Animal Sciences Department, ‘click’ the link below:

UC Davis Department of Animal Science

Indigenous Lessons with Modern Applications

FARMS Leadership | San Joaquin x Sacramento Valley | Friday January 22, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Plant Material Center (PMC) – Lockeford, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Margaret Smither-Kopperl — Site Manager
Matthew Bronson — Farm Manager
Valerie Bullard — Agronomist
Sean Vu — Environmental Technician

Theme:
Conservation through Modern Technologies and Indigenous Practices

Summary of the Day:
This crossover event features the FARMS Leadership classes of both the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin region. Our hosts, NRCS Site Manager Margaret Smither-Kopperl and Valerie Bullard (Agronomist), join the hour-long, virtual tour of the Plant Material Center’s facilities and operations. In the Q&A portion, we review the history and purposes of the National Resource Conservation Service, the everyday roles of its discoveries in the Agriculture Industry. The Hands-on Learning Kit for this field day include: a map California’s NRCS PMC Service Areas, maps of the Lockeford PMC Service Area, Official NRCS Plant Guides, Official NRCS Conservation Guides, and samples of showy milkweed, NRCS cover crop seed mix, and strawberry tree fruit. 

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