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UnitedAg announces 2020 scholarship recipients

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UnitedAg announced the 2020 recipients of the Agribusiness Education Foundation’s educational scholarship. The member-owned agricultural trade association awarded sixty students from agricultural communities across California and Arizona a combined $75,000.

Each year, the association’s Board of Directors and the Foundation’s Education Committee spotlight two outstanding applicants with top awards. Karli Lundberg (affiliated with Babe Farms, Inc.) earned the Maurice McMillan Award. Allyson Tomasello (affiliated with Produce West, Inc.) received the William C. Goodrich Scholarship, created in honor of the late UnitedAg founder.

The scholarship funds are for use during the 2020-2021 academic year and can be applied towards tuition costs, fees, books, and room and board. Previous UnitedAg scholarship winners have earned degrees and taken their place in management, government, market development and foreign trade, with many working in agribusiness.

Since its first award in 1989, the Agribusiness Education Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarship monies to over 900 students.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Maurice McMillan Memorial Scholarship Award
Karli Lundberg, Babe Farms, Inc., (Santa Maria, CA)

William C. Goodrich Scholarship Award
Allyson Tomasello, Produce West, Inc., (Salinas, CA)

California Recipients

Bakersfield
Miranda Devan, Braga Fresh Foods

Calexico
Andrea Soto, Foothill Packing

Castroville
Diviana Navarro, Watsonville Coast Produce

Chico
Ryan Calbert, Wizard Manufacturing, Inc.

Dinuba
Kandra Salinas, Citrus Research Board

Firebaugh
Sandy Rubio, Toma-Tek

Fresno
Venissia Garcia, Nichols Farms, Inc.
Denver Noell, Nichols Pistachio

Gilroy
Brenda Barragan, Christopher Ranch, LLC

Glenn
Ashlynn Geiger, McCorkle Farms, Inc.

Greenfield
Elizabeth Acevedo, Fresh Foods, Inc.

Hanford
Oscar Garcia-Medina, Dover Dairy Farms

King City
Belinda Silva Chavez, South County Packing

Kingsburg
Madelynn Reed, Mountain View Cold Storage, LLC

La Grange
Brandon Harden, Green Rubber-Kennedy Ag, LP

Merced
Emely Cruz, Church Brothers, LLC

Monterey
Jennifer Burton, Ippolito International

Oxnard
Edgar Lopez, Saticoy Lemon Association
Cesar Rivera, Ventura Pacific Co.
Arianna Sanchez, Saticoy Lemon Association

Salinas
Ricky Alvarez, The Nunes Company, Inc./ Blanco
Kenya Burton, Markon Cooperative, Inc.
Lizbeth De La Torre, Ramco Employment Services
Benjamin Eastman, Brent Eastman Insurance Services., Inc.
Mercedez Espino, Green Rubber-Kennedy Ag, LP
Miriam Garcia Cendejas, Elkhorn Packing Co., LLC
Maria Medina, Ramco Employment Services
Selena Medina Medrano, Ramco Employment Services
Melody Neely Cabrera, Sea Mist Farms
Allyson Tomasello, Produce West, Inc.

San Ardo
Aaron Hernandez, McIntyre Labor Service, Inc.

San Diego
Bryan Amaro, Pacific Ag Consulting

Santa Maria
Eddie Lundberg, Babe Farms, Inc.

Santa Paula
Osvaldo Ambriz Magana, Saticoy Lemon Association
Katherine Miller, Saticoy Lemon Association
Elizabeth Miller, Saticoy Lemon Association

Soledad
Rachel Costa, Foothill Packing
Michelle Flores-Leon, Braga Ranch
Rebeca Gallaga, Ramco Employment Services
Cristian Vargas, Al Pak Labor
Adriana Vargas Mendoza, Braga Ranch

Tulare
David Fagundes, Bosman Dairy
Jazmin Rios Martinez, Nichols Farms, Inc.

Turlock
Hannah Ryan, Associated Feed & Supply

Valley Center
Jenna Stehly, Nick Stehly Farms, Inc.

Ventura
Josef Martinez, Ventura Pacific Co.

Visalia
Isabella Argueta, Nichols Farms, Inc.
Brendon Atsma, Angiola Dairy
America Huipio-Piedra, Nichols Pistachio
Michele Noell, Nichols Farms, Inc.
Alondra Sanchez, Nichols Farms, Inc.
Brian Valencia, Nichols Farms, Inc.

Watsonville
Jason Gonzalez, Henry Hibino Farms, LLC
Kevin Gonzalez, Henry Hibino Farms, LLC
Arturo Infante II, Ocean Mist Farms, Inc.

Arizona Recipients

Avondale
Maria De Jesus Rizo, Duncan Family Farms

San Luis
Jaydi Ramirez, Valley Pride, Inc.

Tolleson
Melanie Rodriguez, Duncan Family Farms

Yuma
Alberto Rivera Torres, Foothill Packing

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