Tanimura & Antle announced the promotion of Scott Rossi to vice president of northern farming operations. In this newly developed role, Rossi is overseeing farming operations in the Salinas Valley and San Joaquin Valley growing regions for the company, working to improve farm efficiencies, yields, and product quality.
“My passion for agriculture started early on with my family’s small farming operation, and I’m grateful to expand on that passion with one of the industry’s largest and most innovative grower-shippers,” said Rossi. “I appreciate the challenges farming presents daily and the never-ending roller coaster that keeps what we do exciting.” Rossi attributes his success to the Tanimura and Antle families for allowing and trusting him to farm their land and to his many mentors, growers, and colleagues for sharing their wisdom.
Rossi is another example of the company’s culture of promoting from within the organization. “Each year, Tanimura & Antle employs upwards of eight to 10 interns to identify early talent and provide hands-on education. Our internship program is crucial to our success and builds a solid foundation for talented future employees,” said Scott Grabau, president & CEO. “Scott has built a team of farmers that allows for his growth to expand beyond our Salinas internal farm to begin collaborating with both internal and external farmers to meet the challenges we will face in the future.”
After graduating from college, Rossi started as a full-time employee, learning the company from the ground up by working in nearly every aspect of its farming operations. He went on to work as a farm manager and was later promoted to director of Salinas internal farming operations in 2016. As vice president of northern farming operations, Rossi will have a dedicated focus on addressing growing industry challenges such as rising costs, regulations, soil diseases, plant viruses, extreme weather conditions, and more.
“Scott’s unique ability to identify problems and find practical solutions has been extremely successful in sourcing and implementing promising technology that drives farm efficiencies in an innovative way,” said Steve Bassi, chief ag officer (CAO). “Scott has an amazing understanding of every detail of farming and has shared his passion for farming by developing and mentoring young farmers for our company.”
Rossi is a graduate of California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business. Outside of his responsibilities at Tanimura & Antle, he serves on the Monterey County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, is on the Pacheco Pass Water District Board, and is part of the California Leafy Greens Research Board.