When Shayna joined the GAR Bennett team two years ago, she started as a food safety consultant. Her new role allows her share experiences from working in the field, with regulatory agencies and a diversity of growers. Presently, she helps growers stay in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and other regulations, while providing thorough GLOBALG.A.P. programs. She also assists in audit inspections, ensuring growers pass with 100%.

Shayna’s passion for agriculture flourished when she became involved in FFA at Reedley High School. She enjoyed raising hogs for the Fresno Fair, and participated on the Floral Judging, Fruit Tree Judging and Fruit Tree Pruning Teams. Her time in FFA inspired her to pursue a degree in agriculture. She attended Reedley College and then transferred to Fresno State where she double majored in Ag Business and Ag Communications. While attending college, Shayna worked a variety of jobs from retail to packing houses. She credits these experiences with improving her customer service and relationship management skills. After graduating, she worked for a food safety consulting firm in Kingsburg and conducted research with UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier on the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter bug.

As any good planner does, Shayna found a good balance between work and her home life. In the last year, she accomplished her long-term goal of purchasing a home in Dunlap allowing her to be closer to her parents and the mountains. She enjoys traveling, trying new foods and going to spa resorts. However, what she loves most is spending time with her family, her hairless cat—Zara—and her Pitbull—Zeke.

Shayna is excited and optimistic about the new opportunities the merger will bring.

“Our food safety services have been concentrated in the Fresno County area, but the potential for new clientele in the Central Valley now seems limitless. We can’t wait to expand our services further, especially with an awesome team and support staff at our side as GAR Bennett.”