The Packer 25: Jim Bogart

10/16/2013 04:23:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Closer to home, it’s proven easier to get things done. Bogart has led or supported a variety of Grower-Shipper Association initiatives, including:

  • Ag Knowledge, a 10-month program for labor, business and community leaders that explores industry issues in monthly sessions. It was founded seven years ago by Bogart; Lauritzen; Mann Packing Co. chief executive officer Lorri Koster; and Darlene Din. About 25 people participate in each program, offered through the trade group’s foundation.
  • The association, under former chairman Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, has placed more than 50 salad bars in Monterey County schools.

“I’m a hired gun for the produce industry, but I’ve got longstanding, good relationships with people in government, labor and the environmental community,” Bogart said.

“That’s the legacy I hope to leave, as an effective representative of the ag industry who worked well with and reached out to everybody.”


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Trish Sullivan    
Salinas, CA  |  October, 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Great article detailing the work that needs to be done to keep out produce industry healthy on the national level and the positive local work that has gotten kids excited about eating fresh local vegetables every day. Thanks!

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