Food & Agribusiness Institute Events 2009 - 2010
Field Experience to Ocean Mist Farms
On May 8, the Food and Agribusiness institute hosted a field experience for undergraduate and graduate students. The visit to Ocean Mist Farms was hosted by Joe Pezzini, COO of Ocean Mist and MBA Alumni '83 and Tim Driscoll, General Manager of Valley Pride.
The visit included a tour of Ocean Mist's spinach and romaine hearts farms, as well as the refrigerated warehouse and distribution facility.
The Business of Berries
On April 23, as part of the Food & Agribusiness Institute's "Business Of" series, Joe Barsi discussed his work in lead generation, negotiation, supply chain management, and pricing from the perspective of the business of berries.
Joe (MBA '07) has worked in the fresh produce industry for sixteen years. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development at California Giant Berry Farms. In this role, Joe oversees development of and sourcing strategy for international and domestic supply of new berry segments.
This in-depth look at international business development and strategy was sponsored by the International Business Network and cosponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute.
Forward Thinking @ Hormel Foods
On April 15, Joel Johnson discussed the philosophies and strategies that drove the remarkable success of Hormel Foods.
Mr. Johnson joined Hormel Foods in 1991, its centennial year. During his 16 years as President, CEO, and Chairman, the company doubled in sales revenue, tripled in earnings, quadrupled its dividends, and its stock price increased five-fold.
The event, held in Forbes Family Conference Room, included an hors d’oeuvres reception and Spam-themed door prizes.
Child Hunger and Nutrition Seder
On April 6, at the Adobe Lodge, there was a Passover Seder focused on child hunger and nutrition as part of our community's response to fighting child hunger.
People of all faiths and backgrounds - lawmakers and activists, students and community leaders - came together to hold this special Seder. The event brought attention to the universal message of hunger and focused on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act.
Speakers for the Seder included Kumar Chandran of the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) and Cindy McCown of Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Benefits of Bees
On February 22, as part of FAI's "Food for Thought" series, Dr. Jack Gilbert discussed beekeeping and the benefits of bees. Dr Gilbert is a beekeeper, the Program Director of Research Initiatives in the Center for Science, Technology & Society as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
After the lunchtime presentation there was a honey tasting, featuring Dr. Gilbert's Spring and Summer honeys, as well as honey from Patrick Archie's (Bronco Urban Garden) Berkeley beehives and Snyder's Honey (La Honda, CA).
The value of honey bees to U.S. agriculture is more than $14 billion annually. One out of every three mouthfuls of food you consume depends directly or indirectly on honey bee pollination.
Watch Dr. Gilbert's "Benefits of Bees" presentation here.
To see Dr. Gilbert's PowerPoint slides, click here.
Sustainability & Innovation in Agriculture
On Thursday February 11, as part of FAI's "Food for Thought" series, Karla Chambers, Co-owner and Vice President of Stahlbush Island Farms, spoke on sustainability and innovation in agriculture. Stahlbush Island Farms is an environmentally-friendly farm and food processor committed to sustainable agriculture.
In 2009, Stahlbush began operation of a biogas plant, the first of its kind in North America. Through organic matter, the plant produces enough electricity to power approximately 1,100 homes, nearly twice what the farm uses in a year. The biogas plant supports the goal of minimizing Stahlbush’s carbon footprint and gaining energy independence. In addition, their sustainable farm practices include water conservation, reducing and eliminating pesticides, flame weed control, soil residue testing and product residue testing.
For Karla Chamber's PowerPoint slides, click here.
On November 7, 2009, the Food and Agribusiness Institute hosted its second Harvest Dinner to honor Jack Woolf with the Outstanding Contribution Award. For over twenty years, Jack Woolf and his family have donated generous funds to FAI for scholarships agriculture by spending much of his career promoting agriculture, water rights, and sustainable farming practices.
Among the speakers honoring Woolf included Dr. Gregory Baker, Director of the FAI, Dr. Drew Starbird, Interim Dean of the Leavey School of Business, Dr. Mario Belotti, former Director of the FAI, and Stuart Woolf, Jack Woolf's son. These speakers spoke of the dedication, compassion, and generosity of Woolf.
View photos from the event here.
Afghanistan: Sowing the Seeds of Progress
On October 7, as part of FAI's "Food for Thought" series, Edward O'Malley, MBA '78 discussed his work on the Mazar Food Initiative (MFI), a USAID funded project in northern Afghanistan. They are the regional office for the Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture Program and are focused on rebuilding the value-chain in the agricultural sector. Through the MFI, farmers are educated, trained, and empowered to make the most of their crop or their herd, which generates more income for their families and results in better access to food for their communities.
The MFI sponsors three types of programs: cost-share investments, farmer support programs, and cash-for-work. The objectives of the MFI are to stimulate the creation of jobs, increase rural incomes, increase export sales capability, establish best practices in agriculture production and processing, and helping to improve overall food security.
To see Ed O"Malley's PowerPoint slides, click here.