Ag Link, Inc. is passionate about providing services to local agricultural producers to optimize the availability and enjoyment of local products and flavors.
Originally founded in 1993, Ag Link's initial goal was to "link" retiring farmers with entering farmers to transition farmland from one generation to the next. That division was later sold but the desire to help farmers never diminished.
In 2010, Michelle Obama's Healthy Food Act encouraged changes for school lunch programs to use more fresh, local produce. Ag Link saw an opportunity to take the direct marketing and communication technology they had succeeded with in other industries and help it fill a niche that would benefit both California farmers and school children. This led to the launch of Ag Link's Farm to School tool - www.aglinkf2s.com in August of 2012 which continues today to delivery in-season, locally grown produce to school food service throughout California.
In the process of building the farm to school supply network, Ag Link's Food Hub evolved including a local restaurant, The Tri-Tipery, providing a gathering place for the community to enjoy good quality food in a comfortable, rural setting.
Ag Link's Food Hub facility has drawn interest from local farmers looking to diversify the marketability of their products. In 2019, Heriberto and Benina Montes of Burroughs Family Farms partnered with Ag Link to install value added nut processing equipment in Ag Link's warehouse where their new venture, Ag Link Specialty Foods launched its Natsu Nuts line in 2020 and offers custom value added processing of conventional and organic roasted, flavored, chocolate coated and buttered nuts for local growers and other outlets.
2020 brought on challenges for everyone. Ag Link was able to join forces with its supply partners to help those in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
Rob and Jana Nairn each have Bachelor of Science Degrees in AgriBusiness Marketing from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Both have worked in business, management and sales for their entire careers.
The Ag Link team:
Rob Nairn - CFO & General Manager
Jana Nairn - CEO & Controller
Tami Willman - Staff Accountant
Kelsey Smith - Sales Manager
Rebecca Perez - Customer Service
Leticia Bedolla - Acct Assistant
Nichole Barron - Logistics