Neil Nagata, a third-generation Oceanside farmer who’s a number one advocate for each growers and farmworkers, was named the San Diego County Farm Bureau‘s 2021 Farmer of the Yr.
Nagata is president of Nagata Bros Farms, which grows strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherimoya, different recent fruits and seasonal greens.
He served because the president of the farm bureau from 2017 to 2019, and has been a board member since 2008, working with regulators and legislators to assist fruit and vegetable manufacturing.
Nagata is the founding president of the nonprofit California Strawberry Growers Scholarship Fund, offering scholarships for kids of California strawberry farmworkers. Over the previous 26 years, over $2 million has been raised for farmworkers’ kids.
The Farmer of the Yr award is introduced to an lively or retired farmer who has had a optimistic influence on the trade and is lively locally past agriculture.
The nonprofit farm bureau helps greater than 5,700 farms in San Diego County, which ranks twelfth in California in worth of agricultural manufacturing.