Agricultural Council of California (Ag Council) will award Paul Martin, a lifelong dairy producer and champion for agriculture, with the 2016 California Cultivator Award during its Annual Meeting March 7-8 in Napa.
“Paul received enthusiastic nominations for this award because of his reputation for stepping up to the plate,” said Emily Rooney, president of Ag Council. “His work with Western United Dairymen (WUD), first as director of environmental services for 13 years, and then as interim CEO in 2015, characterized his reputation as someone who creates collaboration among stakeholders. He helped guide the California dairy industry through challenges related to environmental regulation during his tenure at WUD to create workable solutions for producers and regulators.”
Martin was owner-operator of Paul and Jill Martin Dairy from 1976 to 1999, before he became director of environmental services for Western United Dairymen in 1999. He held that position for 13 years before being appointed to Governor Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development from 2012 to 2014. Martin’s leadership skills were again called upon by Western United Dairymen to serve as interim CEO in 2015.
“Mr. Martin is the true embodiment of agricultural leadership, so much so that he has had to ‘retire’ three times, since his capabilities are so in demand,” wrote Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross in her letter of support for Martin’s nomination for the Cultivator Award. “He has served the agricultural industry for so many years as an effective leader who has developed effective partnerships addressing environmental concerns of air and water quality. At times of crisis or extreme challenges, Mr. Martin is a level-headed leader, always thoughtful and proactive.”
Since 1993, Ag Council has given this prestigious award to individuals who have served the agricultural industry with steadfast commitment and loyalty. This special award is given to individuals who clearly have made significant contributions to agriculture, or have demonstrated leadership and personal commitment to the industry. These contributions can be in areas such as proven leadership and dedication, innovation and/or environmental stewardship.