Business leaders place high value on our reports and have made many positive comments.
Here's a collection of public statements made by agricultural industry representatives:
“This report shows the importance of Imperial County agriculture as both an employer and a powerful economic engine. Every dollar earned creates ripples that support a healthy local economy.”
Shelby Trimm,
Executive Director
Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association

Source: quoted in the Imperial Valley News (click here)

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“This report equips decision makers and community leaders to better understand how agriculture is interconnected with our entire economy."
Brent Burchett,
Executive Director
San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau

Source: quoted in a press release issued by the County of San Luis Obispo (click here)

“It was always clear that agriculture’s impact went beyond the fields, but it was never quantified before. This report brings that all to the forefront.”
Cynthia Mathiesen,
President, Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau
Intellectual Property Manager, Driscoll’s

Source: quoted in the Santa Cruz Sentinel (click here)

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"We need to consider [economic impact] when we look at public policy that impacts farmers, ranchers, food producers."
Norm Groot,
Executive Director
Monterey County Farm Bureau

Source: quoted in the Monterey County Weekly (click here)

“It’s not just about numbers and dollars . . . this report is about people and the importance of agriculture to those people.”
Jim Bogart,
President
(retired)
Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

Source: quoted in The Californian (click here)

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“This report and its content is a huge step in the right direction.”
 
“The report is an improvement that shows a more complete value of ag.”
Bruce Blodgett
Executive Director
San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation

Source: quoted in an article published by the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation (click here)

In ag, farmers, ranchers, packers and processors have known about this value for years. To stretch out and find all the positive effects of agriculture and that ag in the valley is huge . . . I’m happy the Agriculture Commissioner’s doing this.” 
Ken Vogel,
Farmer and First Vice President
San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation

Source: quoted in an article published by the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation (click here)

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"I was impressed and blown away by the statistics . . ." 

“This is hard, statistical evidence of how valuable ag is to the county.”
Jake Samuel,
Second Vice President
San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation

Source: quoted in an article published by the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation (click here)

“This report shows the importance of Glenn County agriculture as both an employer and a powerful economic engine. Every dollar earned creates ripples that support a healthy local economy.”
Larry Domenighini,
Director and Past President
Glenn County Farm Bureau

Source: quoted in the Glenn County Transcript (click here)

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“It [the report] shows that agriculture is a major driver in our economy here.”
Darrell Cordova,
President
(through 2020)
Stanislaus County Farm Bureau

Source: video and article in the Modesto Bee (click here)

“The Crop Report Plus is a great representation of Imperial Valley agriculture and the value it brings to our county. We appreciate the Ag Commissioner’s Office having this report developed . . . "
Jeff Plourd,
President
Imperial County Farm Bureau

Source: Imperial Valley News (click here)

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