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Salinas Valley farmworker appointed to California agricultural board

After decades of hard work, David Mancera, a native of Monterey County, has officially gone from being a farm worker to a member of the state leadership in agriculture.

Mancera was recently nominated for the California State Board of Food and Agriculture by Governor Gavin Newsom.

He is now one of 15 members of an advisory board working for the governor and the secretary who addresses a number of key issues for farmers, ranchers, stakeholders and citizens across the state.

With this appointment, Mancera says he will help oversee food, water policy issues and and weigh decisions affecting agriculture on the central coast and beyond.

“What I’ve learned over the years is that we need food and we need agriculture,” Mancera said. “We also need to look at other resources needed to produce food, and that is labor, people, soil and water.”

David Mancera talks to farm worker Celsa Ortega in the fields near the ALBA office in Salinas, California.

Mancera himself grew up working side by side with his parents in the fields of the Salinas Valley. He says this not only taught him what it takes to run the industry, but also gives him insight into what can be done to improve the lives of those within it.

“Growing up in a family of farm workers, what I learned is that the need to have year-round work was very important,” he said. “The bills don’t stop when the seasons stop, and the kids keep growing and needing to be fed.”

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