Kay Mercer is President of KMI, an agricultural water consulting firm. KMI is committed to preserving agricultural viability, improving food systems, and promoting environmental stewardship.

Kay has 23 years experience working in agricultural production with major emphasis on water quality and pest management. She has expertise in sales, marketing, and product development throughout California and the Texas/Oklahoma area. She has worked on water regulatory and compliance issues for over 16 years. This included  RCRA cleanups for an environmental analytical laboratory and a groundwater consulting firm in the Houston area. 

For the past 13 years, KMI has been involved with the implementation of the Central Coast Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP). Also, she has worked with ranchers on water quality grazing practices on Central Coast.

Today, Kay assists clients with regulatory compliance and participates in the development of statewide policy and Central Coast ILRP regulations and collaborates with diverse team members on management practices to reduce agriculture impacts to the environment. 

Additionally, Kay has long had an interest in the intersection of history, culture, and agriculture. When she first moved to the Central Coast of California in the mid-1980s, she became fascinated with the contributions of multiple ethnic groups to the agriculture and community development on the Central Coast. This is discussed in  “Traces of the Past”. 

The Traces of the Past Project:

  • Honors Central Coast Ethnic Roots, 
  • Explores Ag Innovations,
  • Celebrates Agricultural Abundance, and
  • Traces how the Central Coast Communities co-evolved with Agriculture.

Water quality policy- and rule-making do not exist in a vacuum. Today, there are concerns about how regulation will impact agricultural and the rural communities on the Central Coast.