Future of Agriculture 017: Jake Wenger of Wenger Ranch & Wood Colony

Jake Wenger - Future of Agriculture PodcastJake operates a family farm near Modesto, CA growing primarily almonds and walnuts. He is an elected board member on the local water board and is very active in the California Farm Bureau (where his father serves as president).

Jake talks about the benefits and challenges of operating a farm business with family, how water is allocated to farmers, how bills like AB1066 in California affect farmers, and the right way to pronounce the word “almond”.

One fascinating point Jake makes is about how family farms involve not only the families that own the land but also the families of the employees as well. Several of the Wenger’s employees are either related or close friends outside of work. He also describes that although his farm is incorporated for business reasons, it is still very much a family farm.

You can reach out to Jake on Twitter: @NutFarmerJake

Check out his direct-to-consumer products at www.woodcolony.com

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Tim Hammerich

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.