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CRC Welcomes Adria Arko – Grants Manager

CRC Welcomes Adria Arko – Grants Manager

Bringing nine years of experience working with Northern California RCD’s, Adria Arko joins the CRC as its first Grant Manager. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for the San Mateo RCD and prior to that, Senior Program Manager. She has secured numerous grants with both USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. As many are aware, the work of resource conservation districts is funded through grants. 

Adria has a BA in Environmental Studies from Pitzer College and a Master of Public Policy from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

The new position stems from the CRC strategic plan that identified an opportunity to expand grant programs aimed at supporting conservation programs. 

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Lorenzo Pope

Lorenzo Pope

Longtime industry leader Lorenzo Pope passed on March 25, 2024. Dr. Pope was known as a plant breeder and executive at Rice Researchers. He served for decades on the California Rice Commission Board of Directors and many of its committees, including the Rice Promotion Board. In 2015, the California Rice Research Board presented Dr. Pope with the California Rice Industry Award. Ever an educator to others and always willing to take a phone call, lend a hand or attend any rice meeting, Lorenzo will be remembered as a giant in our industry.

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