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Karen Antle was recognized as the Ag Woman of the Year for Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties at an event held June 11 at Paraiso Vineyards in Soledad hosted by Ag Against Hunger.

This annual luncheon recognizes a woman who has contributed significantly to the success of the tri-county agricultural industry.

The Ag Woman of the Year award, which seeks to honor unique leadership qualities of women working within the local agricultural industry, is a surprise to all guests, including the recipient. More than 220 people were in attendance to recognize Ms. Antle.

This year, the committee comprised of previous honorees and the Ag Against Hunger board of directors, chose a woman who has worked to the great benefit of the agricultural industry in the Salinas Valley and beyond. Ms. Antle is a third-generation member of the Tottino family that in 1924, along with four other families, launched the California Artichoke & Vegetable Growers Corporation, now known as Ocean Mist Farms. She has made a lifelong commitment of volunteering for agricultural advocacy and for her community.

Ms. Antle is currently vice president of the Salinas Valley Heritage Foundation, an organization that is responsible for sustaining and improving the Salinas Valley Fair in King City. She also served as the chairperson of the Davis House Legacy Committee, which was responsible for raising the funds needed for renovations of the new headquarters for Monterey County Agricultural Education, Inc.

Previous award recipents were Sharan Lanini (1994); Claudia Smith (1995); Karen Miller (1996); Susan Gill (1997); Betty Ichikawa (1998); Mary Hansen (1999); Elia Vasquez (2000); Connie Quinlan (2001); Kay Filice (2002); Dorothy Errea (2003); Nita Gizdich (2004); Mary Orradre (2005); Lorri Koster (2006), Margaret D'Arrigo-Martin (2007), Celeste Settrini (2008) and Darlene Din (2009).