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California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement is guided by an Advisory Board of members appointed by the Secretary of California's Department of Agriculture. The Board is charged with overseeing the activities of the Marketing Agreement. All actions taken by the LGMA Board are advisory to the Secretary of Agriculture.

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.

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
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