TULARE — World Ag Expo is proud to introduce a brand new event: Farmers’ Lunch, featuring speaker AG Kawamura, California’s former secretary of agriculture.

The lunch will be hosted in the VIP Event Tent on the World Ag Expo grounds, during the final day of the show, Thursday, Feb. 12.

AG Kawamura
AG Kawamura

World Ag Expo attracts over 100,000 individuals from 70 countries each year. Of those attending, farmers make up a large percentage — 91 percent, according to the 2014 attendee demographics report for the trade show.

“Our team continuously seeks to improve our grounds, our events, and our entire show,” said Jerry Sinift, CEO of the International Agri-Center, which produces World Ag Expo. “Hosting the Farmers’ Lunch, and inviting AG Kawamura, to speak fits in perfectly with our vision of attracting those who are involved in agriculture, particularly those who farm.”

A third-generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, Kawamura served as secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 2003 to 2010. He is a progressive urban farmer who has been actively involved in agricultural policy at the local, regional, national and international levels. He is the co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a founding board member of the Delta Vision Foundation, and a trustee of both the Southern California Water Committee and the California WateReuse Foundation.

The lunch will be catered by Pardini’s of Fresno and will run from 12 to 1 p.m. General seating tickets can be purchased online for $35 each, or you may purchase a reserved table for eight for $280. Admission to World Ag Expo is not required to gain admittance to the Farmers’ Lunch.

Purchase tickets online here: www.worldagexpo.org/farmerslunch

The International Agri-Center is home to World Ag Expo, to be held Feb. 10 to 12 in Tulare. It is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind with 1,400 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.

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