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East County News Service

February 27, 2018 (Ramona) --  Indivisible Ramona invites the public to attend an evening of presentations on the “Changing Faces of Agricultures”, including farm labor, and its impact on the economy of San Diego County tonight, Tuesday, February 27, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St., Ramona, CA 92065. 

Attendees will hear from two expert speakers and Congressional candidates about San Diego County agriculture productions of more than $1.7 billion and agricultural exports from and through the county at more than $18 billion and how immigration, housing, NAFTA and other key issues could have an impact. Both Republican and Democratic candidates running for Congress in District 50 have been invited to participate and offer comments.

Luawanna Hallstrom, Principal of Collaborative Communications, will speak on “The Farming Community: Immigration, Labor & the Changing Face of Agriculture.” She has worked as a leading voice on California agriculture for more than 25 years, addressing issues as a businessperson, trade association leader, and through public service. Under California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger she spearheaded the California Agricultural Vision process from 2008-2010. Playing a leadership role in national efforts on immigration reform and housing for farm workers, she served as national co-chair for the bipartisan Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform.  She currently serves on the Cal Poly Dean's Advisory Council, College of Ag, Food & Environmental Sciences and U.C President's Advisory Council. She has a BS, Nutrition & Food Science, from California Polytechnic, San Luis Opispo.

Warren Bacon, also a long-time participant in agriculture, will speak on “The Farming Community: Water Runoff and Exports and the Changing Face of Agriculture.” Bacon has been involved with agriculture for most of his career. Currently he is the owner of Tbueno Farms, Ramona, CA, that offers drought tolerant and native landscape material. He is retired as a former Agriculture Standards Inspector for the Agriculture Weights and Measures, San Diego County. His role included oversight of plant health and pest prevention and also agricultural storm water and hazardous materials export commodity inspector (USDA Certified). He has also managed a family-owned cattle operation and was a buyer and importer of nursery items from Mexico for an Arizona firm. He has a BS, International Agricultural Trade & Development, from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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