Current officers of the California LGMA Advisory Board are: Chairman — Ryan Talley. Talley works with his brother and cousin as a senior manager of Talley Farms, a farming business begun by his grandparents in 1948 in Arroyo Grande, California. Talley Farms is a grower, packer and shipper of vegetables marketed under the Talley Farms, Arroyo Grande and Talley Family Farms Organic labels. Vice Chairman –Ron Ratto. Ratto is president of Modesto-based Ratto Bros., Inc., whose family began growing vegetables in California over 100 years ago and today produces a number of leafy greens products including chard, mustard greens, leaf lettuces and cabbage. Secretary – Victor Tognazzini. Tognazzini is a founding LGMA board member. He was born and raised in Santa Maria, CA and is a descendent of a pioneer farming family that came to the central coast in the late 1800s. In addition to his farming activities he oversees the Tri-valley Vegetable Harvesting operations and is the founder and director of Food Safety Consulting Services. Past Chairman – Jamie Strachan. Strachan is the most recent past chairman of the LGMA and is Chief Executive Officer of Green Giant® Fresh, offering over 50 varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables grown by the nation’s top growers.
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This article is authored by leadership of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement which includes Ryan Talley of Talley Farms, Chairman; Jamie Strachan of Growers Express, past Chairman; Ron Ratto, Ratto Bros, Vice Chairman; and Victor Tognazzini, Tri Valley Vegetable Harvesting, Secretary. As farmers and producers and as parents and grandparents, food safety is the… Continue Reading