Don is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Biology. Since 1981, Don has been the Vice President and General Manager of Terranova Ranch Inc., located 25 miles SW of Fresno, California, farming approximately 6,000 acres, in addition to 1,500 acres custom farmed for other clients. The farm has a mix of conventional, organic and biotech crops ranging from organic pima cotton, walnuts, seed product, and tomatoes to biotech alfalfa, corn and Pima and upland cotton, along with a diversity of other annual crops. Perennial crops grown include organic and conventional walnuts, conventional wine grapes, almonds, pistachios, olives, and prunes.
Don was appointed by State Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Cannella Environmental Farming Act Science Panel in 2011. Additionally, Don recently served on an appointment at the federal level on the Working Group for the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).