Two important agencies for the farming community have a new leader. The agencies are the Imperial County Farm Bureau and the Vegetable Growers Association. The executive director for both agencies is Steve Pastor, named to replace Lauren Grizzle.
Pastor comes to the Valley after a long history in the farming industry, from owning his own farm to serving as vice president of the Riverside County Farm Bureau. He is a third-generation farmer in his family and we are confident he brings the skills necessary to lead the county Farm Bureau and the Vegetable Growers Association.
He takes the reins of both agencies at an interesting time in agriculture — one filled with depressed markets making it a struggle for farmers to stay afloat but a time when the Imperial Valley agricultural community could be on the verge of better times.
The building of the beef-processing plant in Brawley could spark agriculture, as could the effort to attract dairies to the Imperial Valley. Sugar cane could be a boom crop in the Valley in coming years, with off-shoot industries making it triply profitable. Pastor also could find himself knee deep in the effort to protect local water interests.