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   Thomson International Mourns Loss Of Founder Jeff Thomson
by Thomson International Inc.
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 9:11AM EST

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Jeff Thomson, founder of Thomson International Inc. in Bakersfield, California passed away on Tuesday October 10th 2017.  Jeff was a 5th Generation California Farmer and his career in agribusiness spanned over 40 years.

Jeff was a pioneer in the Garlic Industry in the 1970’s – 1990’s. In the early 2000’s, he along with his children, Karen and Jack, transitioned the farming and sales focus of Thomson International to other commodities including watermelons, onions and bell peppers.  Jeff was the Head of Sales for Thomson International’s conventional watermelon program for almost 20 years. He along with his daughter Annie, marketed and sold watermelons for several growers in Mexico, California, Oregon and Washington.  Jeff worked alongside his wife Elaine and youngest daughter, Nancy who handle accounting for Thomson International. Jeff’s children will continue the legacy their father started and have plans for further expansion at Thomson International in the future. 

Jeff found passion and purpose in several produce and ag-related organizations. He was the youngest member of Ag Leadership Class 3. He was President of the Kern County Farm Bureau 1979-1981. He, along with his wife Elaine, served as Chairman of the Outstanding Farmers of America.  Jeff remained active in several other produce organizations throughout his career. A career highlight for Jeff would be receiving the 2017 California Leopold Conservation Award for land stewardship and conservation efforts. His family will accept the award on his behalf at the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting this December. 

Jeff will be remembered for not only being innovative in his farming and business practices, but as a man who was well-loved and respected by his employees, customers and colleagues. 

The Thomson International family will carry forward Jeff’s commitment to provide excellent customer service and high-quality produce for several generations to come.

Source: Thomson International Inc.

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