report cover California Working Landscape

Agricultural Manufacturing Advisory Meeting

The first joint-sector, Agriculture in Advanced Manufacturing, Regional Advisory Meeting was held on Friday, November 22 in Woodland with more than 70 participants. 

Keynote Speaker, Glenda Humiston, Ph.D., Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, addressed the group on the Food and Agriculture Value Chain and presented a new report: California’s Working Landscape.  

The report indicates that California agriculture employs 1.5 million people earning $85 billion and that the 70,000 companies generate $333 billion in sales. The report covers agricultural distribution, agricultural processing, agricultural production, agricultural support, fishing, forestry, mining, outdoor recreation and renewable energy segments.

Rob Neenan, President/CEO, California Food Producers, with Humiston shared trends in food and production. The employer panel included speakers from Farmers’ Rice Cooperative, Pacific Coast Producers, Vite Ramen and Z Specialty Food LLC.

New certificate programs in Industrial Maintenance Mechanics at Yuba College and Sacramento City College …

“The employers discussed how advances in manufacturing their products have both helped and hindered their businesses,” said Carrie Peterson, Regional Director for Employer Engagement, North-Far North Region, Agriculture, Water, and Environmental Technology Sector, California Community Colleges.

“New certificate programs in Industrial Maintenance Mechanics at Yuba College and Sacramento City College were also presented. Afterwards, participants explored the possibilities of establishing more industry partnerships with educational institutions to pool resources.”

For more information contact Carrie Peterson at 530-668-2531 or cpeterso(at)yccd.edu.