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Grower Liaison

Phone: (916) ***-****  HQ Phone
Blue Diamond Growers
1802T "C" St.
Sacramento, California 95812
United States

Company Description: Blue Diamond growers who deliver to the cooperative received 2003 crop payments at 35 percent higher levels than the 2002 crop return on a per pound basis.
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Employment History

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Education

  • B.S. , Ag Business and Marketing
    CSU Fresno
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Blue Diamond Growers : Company Info : Growers
www.bluediamond.com, 17 July 2014 [cached]
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In the case of Ray Van Beek, father really does know best.
The late Bill Van Beek encouraged son Ray not to follow his older brothers into the family dairy business. Ray heeded those words and planted almond and walnut trees 10 years ago near Porterville at the southeast end of California's Central Valley. He says he gains solace from the orchards with their green carpet of natural vegetation beneath the trees.
"I find it particularly gratifying to be able to walk around the different properties and to be just among the trees. It's just kind of a good feeling," he says.
The same year he planted his almond trees, he joined Blue Diamond Growers because of his familiarity with the cooperative structure.
"Our family comes from a co-op background in the dairy business, and it worked well," he says. "And Blue Diamond is a leader in the industry. I just feel secure with them."
As a father of three children, ages 12, 10 and 6, Ray says he shares consumers' concerns about food safety. And that's why he takes steps on his farm to ensure the highest quality, most wholesome almond possible.
California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
www.agleaders.org, 22 Mar 2007 [cached]
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Raymond "Ray" Van Beek Owner Tule Branch Farms
Ray was born and raised on the family dairy until nine years ago when he switched directions and began farming. He is now the owner of Tule Branch Farms where he manages approximately 1000 acres of farm ground. The primary crops are almonds and walnuts, as well as some forage crops.
Ray serves the agriculture community as a Grower Liaison at Blue Diamond, as a Director for the Tule River Riparianist. He is also involved with Tule River PAC, which is advocating rebuilding Success Dam. He also serves the greater community as Director for Light House Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter for women and children.
Ray graduated from CSU Fresno, in 1989 with a B.S. in Ag Business and Marketing.
Ray and his wife, Katie, live in Porterville with their three children Evan, Heidi and Max. Ray and his family enjoy both snow and water skiing, as well as time spent at the beach.
LightHouse Rescue Mission - About Us
www.lighthouserescue.org, 23 June 2013 [cached]
Ray Van Beek, Tulare Community Church
KiwanisThe Kiwanis Club of ...
www.thebusinessjournal.com, 6 Mar 2012 [cached]
KiwanisThe Kiwanis Club of Tulare kas presented its 52nd Farmer of the Year award to Tipton area dairy and farming brothers Doug, Art, Bill, Rick and Raymond Van Beek.
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Their operations include Van Beek Brothers Dairy (owned by Doug), El Monte Dairy (Art), Dairyland Farms (Bill), Big Valley Cattle (Rick) and Tule Branch Farms (Raymond) along with Van Beek Farms (owned by mother Annie, and sons Rick and Raymond).
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Their operations include Van Beek Brothers Dairy (owned by Doug), El Monte Dairy (Art), Dairyland Farms (Bill), Big Valley Cattle (Rick) and Tule Branch Farms (Raymond) along with Van Beek Farms (owned by mother Annie, and sons Rick and Raymond).
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Raymond serves currently as Vice-President of the Tulare FFA Boosters, Mission Oak High School Football Boosters, is a past graduate of the California Ag Leadership program, board member of Lighthouse Rescue Mission, board member of the Central Valley Almond Association and grower representative and liaison to Blue Diamond Growers.
About Us
www.lighthouserescue.org, 9 June 2010 [cached]
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