LANCASTER – The chief deputy agricultural commissioner in Los Angeles County will give an overview of agribusiness at the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference on Feb. 24 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Chief deputy since 1999, Robert Atkins was the first agricultural official to detect a Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, in California – at Venice in 1975 – and subsequently managed the fruit-fly detection and pest-prevention programs from 1981 through 1992. After managing the Weights and Measures Bureau for seven years, he led the effort to merge weights-measures and agricultural inspection training. He laid the foundation for supermarket scanner inspection and price verification by helping legislators and county officials draft language for regulatory laws. Atkins earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology and a master’s in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is an alumnus of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita John Kasich, a FOX News Channel host and former Ohio congressman, will be the keynote speaker for the conference, sponsored by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. Corporate sponsorships are also available. To buy tickets or for details, call (661) 942-9581 or fax (661) 723-9279.