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B.S., Petroleum Land Studies (1989)
Huckaby serves as president of Grimmway Enterprises, the world’s largest grower, packer and shipper of carrots and the nation’s largest grower of organic vegetables. The Bakersfield-based company farms in seven U.S. states and sells worldwide. Described by the Grimm family as a “rock star in the produce industry,” Huckaby has been farming since the age of 11.
He began his career with Wm. Bolthouse Farms supervising the processing of baby carrots and moved up the ranks to become general farm manager, growing 10,000 acres of carrots and rotational crops, before Grimmway hired him away in 1998.
Huckaby became Grimmway’s organic farm manager and then general manager of its Cal Organic Farms Division. Under his leadership, the company’s organic acreage grew from several hundred to more than 40,000 acres. He was promoted to Grimmway executive vice president in 2006 and to president in 2016.
Grimmway is the largest supplier of organic vegetables to Whole Foods and Albertsons/Vons, provides a majority of organic carrots sold by Walmart and Kroeger, and grows every carrot Costco sells worldwide.
Huckaby serves on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture and the Dean’s Advisory Council for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently appointed Huckaby to the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.
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