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Rick Antle, president/CEO and co-founder of farming business Tanimura & Antle, died last week at age 61 after a brief battle with cancer.

Coverage of Antle’s passing has pointed out that he made enormous contributions to both the industry and his Northern California community of Salinas, especially in how he cared for his workers; in addition to $17-million farmworker housing complex in the Salinas Valley, he also recently launched an Employee Stock Ownership Plan designed to make his employees part-owners of the company.
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