Essential Elements for the Future of the San Joaquin Valley


The purpose of The Very Last Drop: Managing Water & Food Production was to connect state and San Joaquin Valley leaders to discuss and prioritize immediate regional actions to respond to a historic drought — and to use the drought as a crucible for a new agribusiness economy.



The objective was to leave the host venue with a to-do list and responsible parties.


The Very Last Drop: Managing Water & Food Production

Presentation Slides & Bios

Essential Elements Series Welcome

Chancellor Frank Gornick, WHCCD

Jim Mayer, Executive Director, CA Forward
William Bourdeau, Executive Vice President, Harris Farms

Introduction of William Craft & Kathleen Guy, The Eaton Cummings Group and
The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle, Filmunition Pictures


Opening Address

Victor Davis Hanson
Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Case Study: Water Banking
Marvin Meyers, Chief Executive Officer
Meyers Farms


Panel One:
Applied Water Innovation — To The Last Drop!

Initial Remarks/Moderator:
Dorene D’Adamo, Board Member, State Water Resources Control Board


Sarge Green, Consultant, CSU Fresno, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

PowerPoint Slides

Joe MacIlvaine, President, Paramount Farms

PowerPoint Slides

Deborah Miller, President, The Deerpoint Group

PowerPoint Slides

Michael Jackson, Area Manager, US Bureau of Reclamation

David Orth, General Manager, Kings River Conservation District

PowerPoint Slides

Jason Peltier, Deputy General Manager, Westlands Water District

PowerPoint Slides



Sandra Schubert, Undersecretary, CA Department of Food and Agriculture


Panel Two:
Agriculture Technology Job Creation — From the Future to the Valley

Initial Remarks/Moderator:
Daniel M. Dooley, Executive Vice President, University of California, Office of the President


Glenda Humiston, State Director, USDA Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture

PowerPoint Slides

Corny Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Global Agriculture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

PowerPoint Slides

Jim Mayer, Executive Director, CA Forward
Anthony T. Oliveira, Oliveira Advisory Services LLC

PowerPoint Slides

Erik Balling, President, California Water Services
and Green Leaf Ag

Facilitated Discussion
William Craft and Kathleen Guy


Panel Three:
Immediate Actions & Alliances to Create San Joaquin Valley Water Jobs

Initial Remarks/Moderator
Mark Nechodom, Director, Department of Conservation


Debbie Davis, Community & Rural Affairs Advisor, Local Drought Laison, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Rich Engel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs, UC Davis
Frank Gornick, Chancellor, WHCCD
Sandra Schubert, Undersecretary, CA Department of Food and Agriculture
Doug Verboon, County Supervisor, District 3, Kings County

Facilitated Discussion
William Craft and Kathleen Guy



Conversation For Change

Summary of the Day:
Chancellor Frank Gornick

Initial Remarks:
Robert Gore, The Gualco Group

William Craft & Kathleen Guy

Challenge for the Conversation Participants:

Debbie Davis
Dorene D’Adamo
Corny Gallagher
Glenda Humiston
Jim Mayer
Mark Nechodom
Sandra Schubert

Next Steps
Frank Gornick, William Craft and Kathleen Guy

Premier Sponsors

Resnick Foundation
Harris Woolf Farms
The Gualco Group
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Westside Institute
WHCCD Foundation

Essential Elements is grateful for the continuing support and leadership of the following agencies:

The Gualco Group
San Joaquin Valley Partnership
California Forward
Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GOBiz)
University of California, Office of the President
California State University, Fresno
Harris Farms/Harris Ranch
California Department of Food and Agriculture
United States Bureau of Reclamation
Fresno County Farm Bureau
Kings County Farm Bureau
Madera County Farm Bureau
Merced County Farm Bureau
San Joaquin County Farm Bureau
Tulare County Farm Bureau
California League of Food Processors
Almond Board of California
State Water Resources Control Board
United States Department of Agriculture
Kings River Conservation District
San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority
Latino Water Coalition
Bank of America
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
University of California, Merced
Central Valley Higher Education Consortium
California Council on Economic & Environmental Balance
Construction Trade Unions
California Energy Commission
California Department of Food & Agriculture
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
Meyers Family Farms
Paramount Farms
Merced Irrigation District
Modesto Irrigation District
Metropolitan Water District
Westlands Water District
Kern County Water Agency
Friant Water Authority
California Citrus Mutual
California Association of Winegrape Growers
Western Growers Association
California Biodiversity Council
Association of California Water Agencies
Pacific Gas and Electric
Western States Petroleum Association
Burlington Northern Railway
Union Pacific Railroad
Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges