Ocean Mist's Pezzini Receives Agricultural Leadership Award

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Ocean Mist's Pezzini Receives Agricultural Leadership Award

SALINAS, Calif. -- The Salinas Valley Chamber named Joe Pezzini, v.p./operations at Ocean Mist Farms and chairman of the new California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement as the recipient of its 2007 Agricultural Leadership Award winner.

Pezzini will accept the award at a luncheon, which is part of the upcoming Salute to Agriculture events, on Sept. 13, 2007 at Tanimura & Antle, headquarters.

The Agricultural Leadership Award is a part of the tradition established in 1990 by the Salinas Valley Chamber to acknowledge the individual, company, group, association, or agency that has made the most significant contribution to the agricultural community of the Salinas area. Award winners are chosen by a committee made up exclusively of past award recipients.

A third generation California farmer, Pezzini will be presented with the award on behalf of the fresh produce industry on the food safety issue. He has taken a strong leadership position representing the fresh produce industry during the foodborne illness outbreaks of 2006 as an industry spokesperson.