This is Ag! is a new podcast series led by our President and CEO Kirti Mutatkar. The podcast challenges you to think differently about how you lead your life and your organizations by learning from the inspiring and captivating stories of leaders in Ag.

Current Episode


My guest in Episode 5 is Glenn Miller, CEO of Saticoy Lemon Association, an agricultural cooperative that provides the finest quality lemons to the world and maximum return to the growers since 1933. We discuss how serendipity and the unexpected play a role in our lives, management by wandering around (MBWA) and more. Glenn is the past Chair of UnitedAg’s Board of Directors and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He has worked extensively within the citrus industries of California and Arizona.

Past Episodes

Episode 4

April 4, 2022 // 32 min // #mentalhealth #difficultconversations #leadership #proactivedecisions #listentounderstand

Leading with an Approach that People are Inherently Good

My guest is A.J. Cisney, General Manager at Rancho Guadalupe, a family-owned grower of fresh produce based in Santa Maria Valley, California. In this episode we discuss the importance of paying attention to mental health, having difficult conversations in a constructive way, true leadership, proactive vs reactive approach to decision making, listening for the sake of truly understanding, first understand to be understood and much more.


Episode 3

March 7, 2022 // 26 min // #ethics #business #inefficiencies #obstacles #opportunities

Ethics & Business and Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

The third episode features Eric Bream, a 3rd generation citrus grower and the President of Bream Family Farms. We discuss doing the right thing for your employees and community, the importance of building intentional inefficiencies in the system and turning obstacles we face into opportunities.


Episode 2

February 7, 2022 // 29 min // #stewards #humanbeings #earth #livingorganisms

Agricultural Leaders are Stewards of Earth & the People

The second episode features Lee Cohen, General Manager of Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. based in Terra Bella, California. Listen to Lee's stories of how ag leaders are true stewards of the earth and of the people, the importance of treating trees as living organisms & taking care of their health and wellness not unlike human beings, and understanding how regenerative ag vs organic ag impacts our natural resources. This episode will help you understand why true stewardship is important in leading a successful organization. Setton Pistachio is one of America's largest pistachio growers and processors with ownership of pistachio orchards and facilities on over 130 acres.


Episode 1

January 8, 2022 // 27 min // #humanconnections #peoplecentric #leadership

The Power of Human Connections and Staying True to Your Values

The first episode features guest Steve Nelson, President and CEO of Plant Sciences, a premier agricultural research company with emphasis on plant breeding and propagation of berry crops for the global marketplace. Listen to his story of how California strawberries ended up in the Middle East, its connection to his father, and the power of human connections in business. They discuss maintaining an entrepreneurial culture of founder-led companies, staying true to your values but being flexible with our methods, introducing technology while being people-centric and other leadership nuggets. Plant Sciences is based in Watsonville, California.


Do you have inspiring stories you would like to share?

Contact Maribel Ochoa at mochoa@unitedag.org or call 800.223.4590.