Campbell Gilkey Will Make Contact with Growers

By Patrick Cavanaugh with the Ag Information Net

The American Pistachio Growers Association has brought on a grower liaison to help build up the voluntary association and to retain current members. Campbell Gilkey, a fifth- generation farmer with Gilkey Farms, a diversified farming operation, including pistachios in the Corcoran area of Kings County.

“I’ll be reaching out and making new contacts all along the west side of south Kern County, throughout Fresno County and up north near Sacramento and occasionally reaching out to our Arizona and New Mexico growers,” said Gilkey.

American Pistachio Growers has the majority of growers within its ranks, but more is better.

“Yes, more is better, said Gilkey. “I’ll be working all throughout Central, Northern and Southern California, trying to make new contacts, create retention with some of our older loyal customers and spreading our message and helping with their marketing and promotion in the whole pistachio industry,” he noted.

Gilkey describes his family’s legacy operation. “It started with my Great grandfather, and then  my two grandfathers, Don and Charles Gilkey helped to expand the company and eventually their sons took over, and it’s three sons and two cousins of mine now are operating the company,” Gilkey said.