Serving the agriculture industry
Steven Vasquez began his tenure on the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) Board of Directors’ in 1999, serving as a liaison between the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and FCFB. In 2013, after beginning his current position as a research agronomist at Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc., Vasquez became the grape commodity chair for FCFB.
Vasquez says, “FCFB seems to be the leading agency on many issues that impact farming. What I’ve learned is that their success in changing policy or making a difference is the diversity of experience and expertise represented by FCFB members.”
“When an issue needs attention quickly, FCFB can select the right people from its membership and have them help educate those proposing new policy or legislation at the local, state or federal level.”
Growing up in the agriculture enriched community of Salinas, becoming a part of the FCFB Board was a natural fit and complemented his job with UCCE at the time.
Throughout Vasquez’s time as an FCFB Board member, he says, “I really appreciate the interaction with agricultural people and representatives. They are such good and honest people.”
“I want to support agriculture on all levels,” says Vasquez. “Agriculture is an important part to California and the United States.”
Following the plant science path
While attending a junior college in Salinas, a botany teacher recommended that he take part in an internship with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The internship marked the beginning of a plant science career that Vasquez continues today. Following his internship with the USDA and education at the junior college, Vasquez attended the University of California, Davis, where he received his bachelor’s degree in plant science and his master’s degree in plant pathology.
While completing his master’s work, Vasquez worked on grape diseases, which led him to work as a raisin, table and wine grape farm advisor and co-director for the UCCE from 1999 to 2013.
In 2013, he began working for Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc., a company that has been selling liquid fertilizers to distributors since the 1950s. As part of his duties, Vasquez coordinates with the researching and director of sales teams.
Just like home
Growing up in an agriculture community, Vasquez is familiar with agricultural production and enjoys that Fresno is quite similar to Salinas. He appreciates the extensiveness of agriculture in Fresno County, mentioning that “there’s no shortness of diversity here.”
In addition to his position at Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. and the FCFB Board, Vasquez actively participates on many community committees and boards.
In his free time, Vasquez enjoys fishing, boating and photography, as well as spending time with his wife and three dogs.
Meet Your Board Members Profile: Ag Today, May 15
By: Michelle Brasil