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

This episode's guest is Brent Eastman, the Owner & CEO of Brent Eastman Insurance Services, the largest employee benefit brokerage firm in the Central Coast area. BEI currently manages over $26 million in annual employee benefit program expenditures.

My conversation with Brent highlights the power of human relationships in sales and growth. We talk about building communities, increasing access to the best possible care and bringing back empathy in healthcare.

Also learn what the Latin word, "labor omnia vincit" means and why it is relevant.

Past Episodes

Episode 10

October 5, 2022 // 29 min // #bringingdiversecommunitiestogether #buidlingcommunities #farmworkerhousing

The Power of Bringing Diverse Communities Together, Building Communities, Farm Worker Housing, Avocados and More

My guest Ellen Brokaw is the President and Owner of Brokaw Nursery, one of the largest subtropical tree suppler located in Ventura County, California. Sixty years ago, Hank and Ellen Brokaw began the nursery as an avocation. With hard work and innovation, they built Brokaw Nursery into one of California’s largest suppliers of subtropical orchard trees. Brokaw currently produces over 300,000 plants per year and exports to several countries worldwide. They are an industry leader in innovation of new varieties of fruits and rootstocks. They specialize in avocados and citrus.


Episode 9

September 6, 2022 // 27 min // #emotionalconnections #powerofrelationships #socialresponsiblities #womenleaders

The Importance of Emotional Connections, Relationships, Social Responsibility of a Woman CEO, Girls Inc. and Much More

My guest, Shannon Valladarez, is the General Manager at Monterey Wine Company. Shannon and I discuss the importance of emotional connections, the power of relationships, our responsibility to the next generation of women leaders, setting an example for the next generation of girls coming behind us, Girls Inc, giving back to the community and much more.


Episode 8

August 5, 2022 // 24 // #history #californiaag #stateofaffairs

The History of California Agriculture and the Present State of Affairs

My guest Thomas Amaro is a 4th generation family-based agribusiness professional. Tom and his son Marcos Amaro cultivate and grow top quality hemp CBD in Visalia California. The family’s goal is to provide consumers with the finest quality CBD products. Tom and I talk about the history of California agriculture and the present state of affairs in agriculture. Please enjoy the episode. Here are the links referred to in the episode


Episode 7

July 1, 2022 // 24 // #peoplecentric #peopleoverprofit #familyownedbusiness

What Does Taking Care of People Really Mean and People Centric Culture and Profits

My guest Steve Church is the Co-Chairman of Church Brothers/True Leaf Farms. Steve and I talk about the importance of taking care of customers, how people make our businesses and the impact of taking care of people on the profits of the company. Church Brothers is a vertically integrated family owned and operated company that produces a full line of fresh vegetables year round. Church Brothers has an in-house farming/harvest program and state of the art processing plants in the U.S. and Mexico. The Church family has a legacy of service and innovation in the Salinas Valley that spans multiple generations.



Do you have inspiring stories you would like to share?

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