(CORRECTED) Former California Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura and attorney George H. Soares will be the first co-recipients of the Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award.
The award is presented by the Huntley College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona, according to a news release, and will given at the 3rd Annual Spring Harvest Dinner on April 22. The award is named after Hicks, a businessman and longtime supporter of agricultural education who was its first recipient in 2015, according to a news release. Last year, Karen Caplan, Frieda's Inc. CEO and president, received the award.
“Both of these men have accomplished much on behalf of California agriculture,” Mary Holz-Clause, dean of the Huntley College of Agriculture, said in the release. “They deserve our recognition and thanks.”
Kawamura was secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 2003 to 2010, and is a third-generation grower and shipper in Orange County.
With his brother Matt, Kawamura is building a 100-acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, according to the release.
Kawamura is co-chairman of Solutions From the Land, a national nonprofit that develops innovative and sustainable collaborations for 21st century agriculture, according to the release.
Soares is a founding member and managing partner of Kahn, Soares & Conway L.L.P., according to the release.
The law firm has helped with passage of the largest tax relief package ever California agriculture and he assisted with the creation of laws that authorize formation of state commissions allowing growers and handlers of agricultural commodities to engage in collective activities.
Soares is a partner in the Environmental Solutions Group LLC, a consulting firm that provides regulatory services involving pesticides, air and water quality.
Information on tickets is available online.
Note on correction: The article originally stated incorrectly that Kawamura and Soares were the first recipients of the award. They are the first co-recipients.