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Ag Beat: Butter / Fresh & Easy / Gary Shultz / Ron Jacobsma

Butter Prices Raise Eyebrows

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.34.09 PMSky-high butter prices on the commodity markets have raised eyebrows when they reached an all time high of $3.13 lb on the CME late last month. It’s not unusual for a run-up in butter prices as big buyers stock up for the Holiday baking and candy-making season. But this year strong domestic demand has helped take prices up even more than usual.After all,who wants to bake those Christmas cookies with margarine? It’s the one bright spot in the milk-making business who is suffering low prices overall this year. As of late October those high prices have eased with wholesale butter trading at a still strong $2.42 lb

Fresh & Easy Closure Will Affect Valley Locations including Reedley & Lemoore

Fresh and Easy grocery will shutter the remainder of its stores in California-some 97 locations in the next few weeks. The closures will affect Central Valley locations including Reedley, Lemoore and two in the Bakersfield area.

Citrus Research Board Hires Gary Schulz As President

Visalia-based Citrus Research Board (CRB) has hired Gary Schulz as President. Schulz joined the organization on September 14, 2015 to manage the overall affairs of the program and guide strategic direction.
Schulz joined CRB with a tremendous amount of experience. He served as President/General Manager of the Raisin Administrative Committee and as CEO of the California Raisin Marketing Board. Other experience includes 15 years as the General Manager of the International Agri-Center, Inc. and World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA as well as his own consulting business. Schulz obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University, Pullman, WA.
“We are excited to have Gary on board,” said Etienne Rabe, outgoing Chairman of the Board. “My congratulations on his appointment and wishing him success in his new endeavor.”
Schulz is serving his presidency at the CRB office in Visalia, CA. He can be contacted at (559) 738-0246 or

Former GM At Friant,Ron Jacobsma Water Joins Contra Costa WD

Ron Jacobsma has joined Contra Costa water District as its assistant manager. California’s Contra Costa Water District delivers water to approximately 500,000 people in central and eastern Contra Costa County in Northern California. Jacobsma has been an active leader in California water for 26 years. Ron is a former Certified Public Accountant, worked for an international accounting firm and a mortgage banking entity before coming to California where he started as Controller for Friant, moved to Assistant General Manager, and became General Manager in 2003. Jacobsma has Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration-Finance, and an Economics minor from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

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