Today, I had the opportunity to speak at the 50th annual Harvest Luncheon in Modesto. This is a great cause. The money raised goes to fund scholarships for Ag students – the next generation of agricultural leaders in California. I wish to congratulate the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and the people of Stanislaus County for their commitment to education, to agriculture, and to community.
I always enjoy my visits to Stanislaus County because it’s hallowed ground. Previous CDFA secretaries Bill Lyons, Henry Voss and Clare Berryhill hailed from there, as did Dick Lyng, who served as CDFA deputy director and secretary before his appointment as head of USDA, and Ann Veneman, who also led both CDFA and the USDA. Stanislaus County is truly a special place for agriculture.