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16 ALMOND COMMUNITY Gabriele Ludwig California DPR and CDFA recently named ABC's Gabriele Ludwig, Ph.D., as a member to the Alternatives to Chlorpyrifos Work Group. The group includes experts from a variety of sectors such as agriculture (Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialists, PCAs, etc.), environmental justice groups and pesticide manufacturers. It is tasked with evaluating and recommending pest management solutions to replace chlorpyrifos. "This group is grappling with the research and outreach needs that exist to best meet the diversity of pest/ crop combinations chlorpyrifos helped to manage. We're also determining how to encourage the increased use of IPM," Ludwig said. Ted Kingsley The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation selected Ted Kingsley to participate in Class 50 of its leadership program. Kingsley, who is the director of Plant Operations at Vann Brothers Farming in Williams, will join 23 classmates in this 17-month intensive program focused on leadership theory, effective communication, change management and more. "The California Ag Leadership Program's mission is to 'Grow leaders who make a difference.' This was the ultimate reason I applied for the program – I hope to someday drive change and make a positive difference in California agriculture," said Kingsley, who is also a graduate of ABC's Almond Leadership Program Class of 2014. Don Cameron In October 2019, VP and General Manager of TerraNova Ranch Don Cameron testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry (part of the Committee on Agriculture). Speaking on behalf of the California Farm Bureau Federation, Cameron provided several recommendations for the Subcommittee to consider as they craft federal policy related to precision agriculture and conservation, including a continued investment in voluntary cost-share programs for agriculture, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and continued investment in technical assistance programs like those provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. "California's farmers have long been early adopters of new and innovative technologies that can help produce food and fiber more efficiently, and that tradition continues today," concluded Cameron during his testimony. MOVERS AND SHAKERS Gabriele Ludwig Ted Kingsley Don Cameron Movers and Shakers Recommendations Are you interested in recommending a "mover and shaker" to be included in a future issue of How We Grow? Email Ashley Knoblauch at with the person's name and a paragraph explaining why you believe they deserve recognition.

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