District 8 Director
Director for Monterey, San Benito and San Luis Obispo Counties
Ocen Mist Farms, Food Safety Manager
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 the 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 most recently worked for Ocean Mist Farms after three years with Martin Jefferson and Sons as Food Safety Manager. She currently consults with growers on all aspects of food safety programs and audits.
In December 2012, April and her husband, Todd, were appointed to a two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. Developing and planning for YF&R competitive events at the AFBF Annual Meeting and AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference are the focus of this committee.
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 and Vice-Chair of Activities for the Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers as well as the State District Director for the Young Farmers and Ranchers. Also on a statewide level she represents the Central Coast as the District Director for California Women for Agriculture. Locally she is the President of Ag Against Hunger, a local non-profit that provides local produce to food banks. In her home community of Hollister April is the President as well as one of the founding members of the San Benito County Stewardship Council and sits on the Board of Directors for Monterey County Ag Education.
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.