District 8 Director
Director for Monterey, San Benito and San Luis Obispo Counties
RAMCO Enterprises, Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance
April England-Mackie is originally from the Kern River Valley and eventually found her way to the Salinas area. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture Business and a Masters in Agriculture Business Economics and Policy, she went to work as a Water Resources Planner for California’s second largest state water contractor, the Kern County Water Agency. Later she moved to Hollister and began working for Monterey County Farm Bureau as a Water Quality Coordinator assisting growers to help improve their own farm water quality. Mackie also began working with the ag industry leaders on developing standard operating procedures for the leafy greens industry; then the “Spinach e.Coli outbreak” occurred and she assisted with development and discussions revolving around the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.
Mackie is currently the Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance for RAMCO Enterprises, a large strawberry and leafy greens grower, and part-time manages her food safety and Ag regulatory consulting business. Prior to this she was the Director of Food Safety and Sustainability for Ocean Mist Farms and previously held the same with Martin Jefferson & Sons.
In February 2013, April and her husband, Todd, were appointed to a two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. The focus of this committee is to invigorate young Ag leaders to be involved with Farm Bureau and protect the Ag industry through public policy and Ag education.
April is extremely active locally and Statewide. Currently Mackie is the Vice-President of Fundraising for the Monterey County Farm Bureau as well as their Scholarship Chair. She is a past President, Treasurer, and Farm Bureau Liaison for the Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers as well as the 2nd Vice-Chair and State District Director for California Young Farmers and Ranchers. April serves as incoming Chair of the Salinas Valley Chapter of Californian Women for Agriculture, and is the Past-President of Ag Against Hunger, a local non-profit that provides local produce to food banks. She also sits on the Board of Directors as the Secretary for Monterey County Ag Education and participates on committees of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California.
Some of her biggest recognitions in the ag industry have included being awarded the Star Award from the California Young Farmers & Ranchers in 2011, California Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year in 2009 and the Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year 2008. She maintains her alumni status with Leadership Farm Bureau, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the Alpha Zeta Ag Honor Fraternity and Future Farmers of America as an American Farmer Degree holder.
April resides in Hollister with her husband, Todd, and enjoys skiing, wake boarding, fishing, hunting, cooking and crafts.