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Although 34-year-old Anthony Laney started farming his 52-acre orchard of California Cling Peaches in 2003, this fourth-generation farmer has had agriculture running through his veins his whole life! With both his father’s and his mother’s sides of the family involved in agriculture dating back to the early 1900’s, Anthony couldn’t ignore his calling in Sutter County after graduating from Santa Clara University and working for a short while in the Bay Area as a Marketing Manager in the financial and software industries. After his late grandfather presented him with the opportunity to join the family business, Anthony immediately jumped at the chance. Anthony attributes his farming career to his grandfather and says, although he had always wanted to get into the farming business, he probably wouldn’t have done so without the help of his grandfather. Anthony’s great-uncle began farming in Sutter County in the early 1900’s, later encouraging Anthony’s grandfather and uncles to join him in the 1940’s. Anthony’s family officially imprinted their name on the history of farming when his grandfather and two uncles started Micheli Brothers, producing peaches, prunes, walnuts and pears. Micheli Brothers also operates the Lomo Receiving Station, which is still family run to this day and is one of the largest peach receiving stations in the state.
Anthony, a California native, is a strong supporter of the state’s “Buy California” campaign. “The U.S. has the safest food supply in the world, no question. We lead the world in food safety and hope other countries aspire to meet our high standards of protecting the consumer,” notes Laney. “For all of these reasons and 100 more, it is so important that schools and consumers support US-grown products. Please check your labels. Please ask your distributor or broker and make sure that the products you buy for your school—peaches, pears, apricots, grapes, etc.—are fruits from our good ol’ USA!”
Anthony believes his role as a peach grower is to always continue to produce high quality products for the consumers. In order to do this, Laney strongly believes that farmers must take care of the environment in which they grow and harvest their crop. “As stewards of the land, we need to continue to implement the best farming practices to ensure a stable and high-quality food supply while protecting the environment we live in,” stresses Anthony.
Anthony currently lives in Yuba City, California with his wife Melissa and their 4-year-old daughter, Sofia and 2-year-old son, Jack.