Bayer: Local Careers, Global Opportunities

FARMS Leadership | Sacramento Valley x San Joaquin | Friday, April 23, 2021

Location(s) of Field Day:
Bayer Woodland — Woodland, CA

Field Day Host(s) and Mentor(s):
Lisa McDaniel — Head of Global Outreach & Engagement, Vegetables R&D
Dr. Chow-Ming Lee — Consumer Sensory Lead Scientist
Kyla Johnson — Green House Manager, Specialty Crops
Paola Pomeroy — Production Research Associate
Pam Dickerson — Outreach Coordinator
Ruby Asoro — Video Editor

Summary of the Day:
The Sacramento Valley x San Joaquin Field Day and Leadership Lesson with Bayer Woodland began with introductions and a brief summary of the e-tinerary with the Head of Global Outreach & Engagement, Lisa McDaniel. Following the virtual tour of bringing new seed varieties to market and Tomato-traits Bingo with Dr. Yummy, the Career Panel Q&A features a variety of the contributing ‘research to market’ Bayer professionals. Though no longer directly in the ‘research to market’ process, our primary host, Lisa gives our FARMS students a bit about her background and personal journey. As Lisa is now well-established in her career, as a high school student and Cal Berkeley graduate, Lisa’s path was not always so clear. In fact, her extensive history with Bayer didn’t actually begin within Bayer at all; starting with a small Woodland-based seed company, Lisa worked her way up from Administrative Assistant to a position in Communications. And after multiple mergers, Lisa found more opportunities to learn and advance her career through Finance, Operations and Site Management, and ultimately, found her greatest calling in Outreach and Engagement. This well-rounded diversity of professional experience highlights the importance of how expansive immersion leads to unforeseen opportunities and even roles in leadership. This is true for the sum of the Bayer Career Panel professionals and proves that all experience is good experience. Hand-On Learning Kits for the Bayer Field Day include a tomato flavor and texture wheel, first-aid kit, cold-reactive Bayer cups, Bayer mints, and Bayer tomato starts (perfect for harvesting before a July 4th BBQ)!

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