GREG and GINA WEGIS were named national winners at the 57th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held earlier this month in Albuquerque, N.M. Greg Wegis earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science from Cal Poly and returned to his family’s farm in 1999. He grows row crops and tree crops such as almonds and pistachios. He worked with a tomato harvesting manufacturer to produce an 80-inch processing tomato harvester to standardize the farm’s row cropping patterns. Wegis built a blower system that pushes two rows of almonds into one row at harvest time, cutting harvest time in half. He manages soil moisture with a Web-based monitoring service. Wegis works on growing an irrigation powered assets and pump company and a GPS tracking business. His wife, Gina, spent eight years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mother of their two children. Greg Wegis is vice president of the Kern County Farm Bureau and a director of the California Tomato Growers Association.
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