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File #: 22-057    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memo Status: Passed
File created: 1/13/2022 Departments: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 3
On agenda: 1/25/2022 Final action: 1/25/2022
Title: Recommendation for appointments to the Agricultural Advisory Committee, each for an initial partial term ending September 30, 2025: A) Ryan Casey, representing Farmer/Growers; and B) James Oku, representing Farmers/Growers; and C) Jonathan Winslow, representing Public member.
Sponsors: Don Horsley
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Supervisor Don Horsley, District 3
Subject: Appointments to the Agricultural Advisory Committee

RECOMMENDATION:
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Recommendation for appointments to the Agricultural Advisory Committee, each for an initial partial term ending September 30, 2025:

A) Ryan Casey, representing Farmer/Growers; and

B) James Oku, representing Farmers/Growers; and

C) Jonathan Winslow, representing Public member.

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BACKGROUND:
The Agricultural Advisory Committee actively assists in the preservation of agriculture throughout San Mateo County through advice and recommendation to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

DISCUSSION:
Ryan Casey, James Oku, and Jonathan Winslow are being recommended for appointment on the Agricultural Advisory Committee each for an initial partial term ending September 30, 2025 to seats formerly held by Robert Marsh, BJ Burns, and Cynthia Duenas, respectively.

Ryan Casey is the owner and operator of Blue House Farm, in business since 2005 in Pescadero. He is dedicated to making an agricultural farm successful in the hectic and challenging world of contemporary farming. He also has been able to participate in upgrading farmworker housing through a San Mateo County Housing initiative, something that could be helpful for future farmers to learn. Ryan brings a fresh eye to an age-old profession and would be extremely helpful in advising the Board of Supervisors on agricultural issues.

James Oku is the General Manager of Oku Inc., a longtime family farming company in San Mateo County. He has been involved in operating two cut flower wholesale stores as well as all aspects of overall farm operation. His background also includes membership on the Farm Bureau for San Mateo County. His historic Pescadero family farm has been involved in cut flowers, deep water hydroponic greens and more recently, cannabis cultivation in...

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