PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, August 14, 2014

Farm Bureau and GAATE Foundation Annual Awards to Quandt and Jones

Celebrate Harvest Awards Announced
Farm Bureau and GAATE Foundation Annual Awards to Quandt and Jones

Buellton – Richard Quandt, General Counsel of the Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties will be presented with the prestigious President’s Award at the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau’s Annual Celebrate Harvest Dinner on August 23, 2014 in Los Alamos. Randy Jones, President of Hometown Insurance in Buellton will also be honored that evening as the GAATE Foundation’s AGvocate of the Year.

Richard Quandt’s calling was to work in agriculture helping farmers overcome obstacles and find solutions to a changing regulatory environment. “We are indebted to Mr. Quandt for his immeasurable contributions to the agricultural community in this county.” declared Farm Bureau President Paul Van Leer. “He is a true friend of the farmer and we are pleased to have him as this year’s President’s Award recipient.” Richard is retiring at the end of this year after working 35 years at the Grower-Shipper Association representing agricultural employers in labor and employment matters, including the inception of a training program for Farm Labor Contractors in 2002 which satisfies the continuing education requirement. According to Richard, “Farmers are under pressure from government to change farming practices due to environmental concerns. The Association’s role is to ensure that agriculture remains economically viable in the community. An important ingredient is educating the community and cultivating their support.”

Randy Jones has been involved in agriculture from a young age. He served as an FFA officer on the chapter, sectional and regional levels. Was a member of the State and National Champion Livestock Judging Team from Santa Ynez High School and received his American FFA Degree, the highest degree bestowed on any member, in 1980. “Randy works tirelessly to promote agriculture and teach our local youth of its importance to generations past, present and future,” said GAATE Foundation President, Teri Bontrager. “Through his involvement as the community and swine leader for Lucky Clover 4-H, the Santa Maria Fairpark Foundation, Santa Maria Fairpark Board of Directors and many other local organizations, he is truly an outstanding advocate for agriculture.”

This year’s event will be held at Joe Carrari’s historic Rancho Alamo in Los Alamos. Tickets are available from the Santa Barbara Farm Bureau Office 805-688-7479. Tickets are $65 per person or a table of 10 for $600. For more information, please give the Farm Bureau a call or visit their website at

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