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Five local leaders inducted into Agriculture Hall of Fame

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:00 pm

Five local leaders were inducted into the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame last month.

They included Lodi's Mark Chandler, the longtime executive director of the Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission, along with Paul Sanguinetti, Gersh Rosen, Kenny Watkins III and Armando Baldocchi.

Sanguinetti runs Sanguinetti Ranch and is a former president of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation.

Rosen was a longtime Delta College counselor and part-time agriculture instructor. He also joined the San Joaquin County Historical Society, where he has painted and restored tractors and other farm equipment close to their original condition.

Watkins has extensive experience as a farmer and leader of the San Joaquin and California Farm Bureau Federations.

Armando Baldocchi was inducted posthumously. He was one of the founders of Mister Spear, a Stockton-based business that ships asparagus in gift packs around the United States.

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1 comment:

  • posted at 4:22 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2007.


    Kudos for Mark Chandler and this award,he deserves this. Since the beginning, the Wine Grape Growers Commission has done an excellent job in promoting Lodi grapes and wine. The quality of local wines has become on par with most any in the world, especially at their price point. The Commission, along with local growers and winemakers, have given Lodi the respect and prestige it deserves. Congratulations Mark.



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