When Raj Kahlon was a young boy he had dreams of one day becoming a farmer, even though his father was a businessman. Little did he know, his humble beginnings would lead to that dream becoming a reality. In a relatively short amount of time, Kahlon has become a prominent local pistachio and almond farmer, building the Kahlon family business. Kahlon is now giving back to the community with a $5-million donation to support the agricultural programs at Merced College and the future 20,000-square foot Agriculture and Industrial Technology Complex.
“I believe that Merced College is the foundation of the Merced community,” Kahlon said. “They’ve had strong ties to local agriculture since the school opened and continue to educate the area’s future agriculturists and leaders.
“It is the reason I entered this partnership. Helping to grow the workforce of Merced County is important to everyone. I want to be a part of that growth.”