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)!

Take the Weiß Pill

FARMS Leadership | Sacramento Valley | February 20, 2020

Location of Field Day: Bayer, 37437 CA-16 Woodland, CA 95695

Hosts: Lisa McDaniel, Head of Global Outreach & Engagement

The Sacramento Valley Field Day at Bayer Woodland began in the front lobby of the sprawling, iron-gated compound. We were promptly met by Lisa McDaniel, Head of Global Outreach & Engagement.

Once our entire class arrived, Lisa escorted us to a boardroom on the second floor of an even larger building on the opposite side of the Bayer Woodland campus. Upon arrival at our second meeting place, we conducted an “open circle”, students introduced themselves, we reviewed the day’s itinerary, and we were provided id badges to wear for the duration of our tour. Following a ‘hotel breakfast’ of multigrain bars, muffins, yogurt, juice, and coffee, we headed out for a tour the various research and development facilities.

Our first stops were a series of greenhouses where we learned about the safety measures taken to protect crop yields. We learned about specialty breeding and the genome-tracking processes that ensure the strongest, most drought-resistant produce. We then toured their maintenance facility where we learned that the use of GPS systems can help better track crop development.

After our tour of the grounds, we regrouped in the boardroom and were treated to pizza for lunch! During our lunch, we were joined by a diverse panel of Bayer professionals who introduced themselves told us all a little bit about their background and their work at Bayer. After lunch and thanking the panel for their time, we headed downstairs to participate in a hands-on activity that mimicked the science of tracking disease by inspecting samples and referring to a checklist for tell-tale signs of illness in plants. We then headed back upstairs to take part in a market research survey to compare and contrast the tastes of tomatoes. And we learned that taste-preferences can vary widely in the global market.

We concluded this trip with a “closing circle” that asked students to recall something they learned during their tour at Bayer. We thanked our hosts and departed.

AgVocacy at Cosumnes River College

FARMS Leadership Program | Sac Valley and San Joaquin | December 11, 2018

Field Day Host(s)
Cosumnes River College
Bayer Crop Sciences
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

Mentors
Kelly O’Halloran – Bayer Crop Sciences
Jacqueline Airoso – Collections Manager & Environmental Scientist – CDFA
Traci Scott – Outreach Specialist – Cosumnes River College
David Andrews – Professor of Horticulture – Cosumnes River College

Theme
College and Career Opportunities

Summary of the Day
The Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin FARMS Leadership Programs joined together for a field day at Cosumnes River College (CRC). The field day began with a group activity called Human Knot. This activity was designed for students to meet one another and then work together to problem solve and untangle them selves to form a circle.

After the group activity, our first presenter for the day was introduced. Kelly O’Halloran presented to the group. She gave an overview of Bayer Crop Sciences and also discussed the many different jobs that are associated with in their company. She also had a presentation on AgVocacy, which enables those who are passionate about modern agriculture to discuss the importance of agriculture, food production and the innovation needed to nourish our growing world.

Our second guest speaker for the day was Jacqueline Airoso from the CDFA. She gave a presentation on who the CDFA is and what they do. She also discussed plant pest’s and diagnostics.

Following our presentations Traci Scott gave us a tour of the Cosumnes River College Campus. We ended the tour at the Horticulture Department where David Andrews showed the students around and discussed the different courses offered at CRC. The students enjoyed walking around the garden and harvesting some late fall crops to sample and bring home.