Program: FARMS Leadership Program
Region: Central Valley FARMS Advanced
Field Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Location of Field Day: Ingleby Farms and Forests
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: Nick Cantana
Summary of the Day: Upon arrival to Ingleby, we were joined by 2 scientist with Ag-Biotech. They walked us through what Ag-Biotech does and how it helps it’s farmers and growers. In Genomics Services, developing crop breeds can be a tricky business. There are so many variables, so many potential pitfalls, and so little time. Count on Ag-Biotech to empower you and give you the peace of mind you need to get your products to market, quickly and confidently. Our state-of-the-art genomic testing services—starting with our signature Marker Assisted Selection (MAS)—help you to grow your new breeds, and your business. We bring you more than 20 years of experience. We’re trusted by breeders around the world. We deliver the speed and transparency you deserve. And we’re surprisingly affordable, given our high-touch service. They are also experts in Seed Health Testing. You can’t buy or sell seeds unless they’re clean. But you also know that pathogen testing can get time-consuming and costly, especially during peak seasons—and especially when your options are limited. Now you have a new choice: Seed Health Testing Services from Ag-Biotech, the premiere independent crop genomics lab with more than 20 years of trusted expertise. Our seed health laboratory is exclusively dedicated to getting you the results you need, the way you want them, at a price that meets your budget. Whether you’re a seed producer looking to market your product, a buyer seeking to test a potential purchase, or even another lab needing surge support and third-party verification, you can have it all from Ag-Biotech. After, learning about Ag-Biotech and how it relates also to IPM we went out to the field and cleaned out an owl boxes and held baby owls. Ingleby uses owls as natural rodent control in their field. We had a great day!
Program: FARMS Advanced Leadership Program
Region: Central Valley
Field Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Location of Field Day: Bee Sweet Citrus
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: Monique Bienvenue
Theme: IPM, Citrus and Employment
Students from the FARMS Advanced Leadership Program spent the day at Bee Sweet Citrus in Fowler CA with Monique Bienvenue. Upon arrival we were whisked away to the field for a field presentation with one of their Pest Control Advisors. He talked with the students about IPM and Citrus. Following the field presentation we drove back to the packing facility and walked through the facility. After a short lunch, Monique shared with the students tips about Resumes, Interviews and Social Media. The students took a lot away from their day with Monique. It’s good for students to learn about these things from the industry professionals.
FARMS Advanced Leadership Program
Region: Central Valley
Field Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Location of Field Day: GAR Tootelian Inc
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: Ralph Rendon, Karen Musson, Brent Parolini
Before students even set foot onto the GAR Property they completed a Pro-Scan Survey. The ProScan Survey is an instrument designed by Professional DynaMetric Programs, Inc. (PDP) to measure the major aspects of self-perception, including an individual’s basic behavior, reaction to the environment, and predictable behavior. GAR uses this survey on every employee that is hired so when they are hired they are aware of their behavior and if they would be a good fit for the company and other employees to work with.
Each student was able to go through their completed results with Ralph explaining each and every aspect of the survey. The students were blown away by how it accurately predicted their behavior. Students also said it said similar things as the True Colors survey they took at Fresno State just a week earlier.
After all of the students studied their test results we broke for a quick Lunch break. After lunch we had a roundtable question and answer session with Mr. Parolini a Pest Control Advisor for GAR Tootelian. He talked about his job as it relates to IPM the Advanced Topic of the year. Students ever went more in depth in answering questions about IPM and how it is related to Regulation, Sustainability, Footprint, Media, Water, Careers, Technology & Innovation, Labor and Politics. This was a great field day and the students and myself learned a lot about ourselves and IPM.