California LGMA elects chairman - The Packer

California LGMA elects chairman

05/04/2012 12:52:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Courtesy California Leafy Greens Marketing AgreementRyan Talley (center) of Talley Farms takes over from Jamie Strachan (right) as chairman of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. Victor Tognazzini succeeds Ron Ratto as treasurer.Ryan Talley of Talley Farms is the new chairman of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

The Arroyo Grande, Calif.-based grower-shipper was elected April 27 at an LGMA board meeting in Salinas, according to a news release.

He succeeds Jamie Strachan of Growers Express LLC, who led the food safety program for two years.

Talley is one of three senior managers in family-owned Talley Farms, founded in 1948. The company grows, packs and ships lettuce, bell peppers and squash — among other vegetables — under the Talley Farms, Arroyo Grande and Talley Family Farms Organic labels.

Other LGMA officers include:


  • Ron Ratto, president of Modesto-based Ratto Bros. Inc., who moves up to vice chairman after two years as treasurer; and
  • Victor Tognazzini, a Santa Maria leafy greens grower and general manager of Tri-Valley Vegetable Harvesting Inc., who succeeds Ratto as treasurer.


Tognazzini is a founding LGMA board member and serves on the communications and compliance committees. He’s also founder and director of Food Safety Consulting Services.

“Their history and leadership will be essential as they focus efforts on harmonizing auditing requirements and continuing to improve the safety of California leafy greens,” Strachan said in the release.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ryan, Ron and Victor to their new offices and are grateful that past officers like Jamie and Joe Pezzini remain involved,” Scott Horsfall, LGMA president, said in the release.

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