The Annual Meeting kicked off with the Board Meeting where Sammy Duda, vice president of operations for Duda Farm Fresh Foods in Salinas, CA, was elected 2017 chairman of the board. Duda replaces outgoing chairman Larry Cox, owner of Lawrence Cox Ranches in Brawley, CA. We had a chance to catch up with these two industry leaders for a few words on their past and incoming chairmanships.
What’s one final thought you’d like to share with the membership?
Larry Cox: As far as my last minute thoughts about outgoing chairman, I just appreciate the people that we have here. I appreciate the love of the land they have, their love for family and their willingness to come together to further agriculture. To defend it, protect it, promote it. We are blessed to have the members that we have.
What are some of your goals for the upcoming year?
Sammy Duda: My goals for the year are from a technology standpoint. All of the things that are going on at the Center for Innovation & Technology. To be able to fully access those new ideas to minimize adversarial legislation that has prevented us from doing the things that we want to do.