A.G. Kawamura

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Grid Number: 
13
Organization: 
Strawberry Farmer
Region (state): 
CA
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Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is the former California Secretary of Agriculture. He is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County and is the co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a project supported by UN Foundation, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and the Farm Foundation, that is developing a sustainable roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems. He serves as a Board Member of the American Farmland Trust and is a national steering committee member of “25x25,” a renewable energy coalition.

Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, CA. He is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). He is co-chair of Solutions from the Land, a non-profit organization that collaborates with farmers, ranchers, foresters and stakeholders to implement climate smart land management practices and strategies. He currently serves on several boards and committees including: the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), a policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences’ Natural Resource Council; Ag Advisory Committee for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Trustee for the Council on Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST); American Farmland Trust; The 25x’25 Alliance, a national alliance of renewable energy stakeholders; External Advisory Board for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at U.C. Davis. He is a former chair and current board member of Western Growers Association. As a progressive urban farmer, AG has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of Southern Calif. Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he is engaged in building an exciting, interactive 21st century 100 acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.

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