Valley of the World

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Valley of the World

November 15

The National Steinbeck Center established the Valley of the World Awards to recognize key figures of the Salinas Valley Agricultural industry. Over the years this event has become a proud community tradition that has honored many distinguished and accomplished individuals. Their integrity and accomplishments have enriched Salinas. The achievements of each honoree are a testament to the remarkable advancements in the Ag industry—marked by innovation, creative leadership, generosity and vision.

Proceeds from the event benefit the National Steinbeck Center’s educational and public programs.

2017 Award Winners


Bill Ramsey

2017 Valley of the World Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award honors individuals who have led by example and are recognized as role models in the agricultural industry. Honorees are/were involved in the betterment of the community at large.

See his bio here.



Sherwood Darington

2017 Valley of the World Ag Leader Award

The Ag Leader Award honors an individual whose work has broken new ground and/or who has added significantly to the industry while making a difference in the community in which they live.

See his bio here.



Janice Souza

2017 Valley of the World Education Award

In the spirit of John Steinbeck’s writings, the Education Award recognizes an individual who through his or her teaching and efforts has inspired and nourished a lifelong love of learning.

See her bio here.



Dr. Trevor V. Suslow

2017 Valley of the World Education Award

In the spirit of John Steinbeck’s writings, the Education Award recognizes an individual who through his or her teaching and efforts has inspired and nourished a lifelong love of learning.

See his bio here.