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March 20 2024

12-1 PM

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June 19 2024

12-1 PM

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September 18 2024

12-1 PM

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Past Lunch & Learn Recaps:
Daniel Sumner
Josh Callen
Ann Donahue
Brianna Jakosa

January 3 2024

Speaker:  Daniel Sumner, UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Topic featured will include:  International Trade Dynamics in Hay and Impacts on Markets

Daniel A. Sumner is the Frank H. Buck Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis. He is also the director of the University of California Giannini Foundations for Agricultural Economics. For many years he has taught “The Economics of Agricultural Sustainability” to a diverse group of undergraduates. 

Sumner’s academic research, teaching and outreach have concentrated on challenges facing farms, agricultural industries, and consumers including such issues as projecting supply, demand and price for farm inputs and outputs, food demand tied to farm-based product attributes, and competition among firms, regions, and industries. Much of his research has focused on international trade and government subsidy and regulatory policy. His recent book with Robin Goldstein Can Legal Weed Win? The Blunt Realities of Cannabis Economics was published by the University of California Press in 2022.

Before returning to California in 1993, Sumner was a senior economist at President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Economics at USDA. He led economics, statistics and forecasting work at USDA with oversight over more than 1,000 professional economists and statisticians. He was previously a professor of economics at North Carolina State University and a post-doc at RAND.

Sumner has won numerous publication awards for quality of research contributions, communications, policy contributions and is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association. In 2022, he received the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Faculty Award of Distinction. 

A native of Suisun Valley in Solano County California, Sumner grew up on a fruit farm and was active in 4-H and FFA. He holds a BS in agricultural management from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, an MS in economics from Michigan State, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

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September 27 2023

Topic: The Status of the Western Forage Industry 
Speaker: Josh Callen, Owner/ Market Analyst with The Hoyt Report


Josh grew up on a custom farming operation in Southern Idaho. He started in hay production from a young age and worked in every part of the operation. After high school Josh served an LDS mission in Mexico for two years. He returned to the farm with the added benefit of being fluent in Spanish. During his last years on the farm he was the Baling Crew Boss and ran a forage harvester during corn season. In 2011 Josh decided to peruse a college degree and left the farm for Boise State University. During college Josh worked at a bank and in the accounting department of a title & escrow company. He also met and married his wife Lauren and they had their first child in 2014. Josh pursued a dual major in Accounting & Finance and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in December 2015. After graduating the family moved to the Magic Valley and Josh started as an Operations Analyst on the finance team at Chobani. Wanting to be a part of running his own business Josh started with The Hoyt Report in August 2018. He is excited to learn the marketing side of forge production from Seth. He has enjoyed the challenge of learning the different production areas across The West. Josh loves outdoors and enjoys camping, hunting and skiing. In 2012 he met and married his wife Lauren, they have three children and enjoy living in Twin Falls Idaho.
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June 28 2023


Topic: How and Why - to Tell Ag’s Story in a Clickbait World

Speaker: Ann Donahue


Ann Donahue is the Senior Manager of Media and Content Strategy at Western Growers. As a former journalist, she can give a behind-the-scenes look at the media landscape – and reveal how the ag industry can make an impact with its stories.  Thank you to Western Growers!

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March 29, 2023

Topic: Recruiting, Retaining and Inspiring Today’s Multi-Generational Workforce
Speaker: Brianna Jakosa

Brianna Jakosa is a HR professional with over fifteen years of experience in all areas of human resources including talent acquisition, employee engagement strategy, employee training, HR technology, benefits, and performance management. Her industry expertise includes agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and professional services. She is a SHRM Certified Professional and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from California State University, Stanislaus.

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