The CEA Food Safety Coalition has named Marni Karlin as the organization's first executive director. Karlin will work closely with coalition members, government agencies and industry experts to develop food safety standards for the CEA leafy greens industry. She previously served as vice president of government affairs and general counsel for the Organic Trade Association. Before working for the Organic Trade Association, Karlin served as counsel to Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has elected new board officers and directors. Mike Testa of Coastal Vineyard Care in Buellton, Calif., was elected chair of the board. He succeeds Bill Berryhill of BB Vineyards in Ceres, Calif., who served in the role for two years. Other directors elected as officers are Tom Slater of Slater Farms in Clarksburg, vice chair; Davindar Mahil of Creekside Farming in Madera, vice chair; Jeff Bitter, winegrape grower in Madera, secretary; and Gregg Hibbits of Mesa Vineyard Management in Templeton, treasurer. 

The Hass Avocado Board has elected new executive committee members. Serving as chairman is Jorge Hernandez, an importer from McAllen, Texas; serving as vice-chairman is Salvador Dominguez, a producer from Santa Paula, Calif.; elected to treasurer is David Fausset, importer from Port Hueneme, Calif.; and serving as secretary is Ben Van Der Kar, a producer from Carpinteria, Calif.

Pamela Fyock, CEO of the Tulare County Fair, has submitted her letter of resignation. She will continue working with the Tulare County Fair Foundation. The Tulare County Fair board is working closely with the California Division of Fairs & Expositions in the search for a new CEO next month.

Brock Taylor of Clovis, Calif., has been named to the Nuffield International Farming Scholars, USA Board of Directors. Taylor owns Brock Taylor Consulting, a crop consulting firm. Taylor serves on the Fresno State University Plant Science advisory board and the West Hills Community College Precision Farming advisory board. He has served on the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education board as well as the CDFA Fertilizer Ag advisory board. 

Wholesome Wave has tapped Joe Cahalan as the interim executive director. Cahalan previously worked as a consultant for Newman’s Own Foundation and was the CEO at Concern Worldwide. Cahalan was with Xerox Corp. for more than four decades, and was vice president of communications and social responsibility and president of the Xerox Foundation.

Heather Janik headed to the Food and Drug Administration to lead the media affairs team. She previously worked at Feeding America as director of thought leadership and media relations.

Lillie Brady has been promoted to director of external and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Agriculture. She fills the role after Rob McGregor has left to become the senior adviser to the Undersecretary of Natural Resources and Environment, Jim Hubbard.

Heather Janik

Heather Janik

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance seated its 2020 board of directors and elected members to its executive committee. The executive committee is as follows: Chip Bowling will serve as chairman and represents the National Corn Growers Association; Scott VanderWal will serve as vice chairman and represents the American Farm Bureau Federation; Anne Meis was elected to serve as secretary and represents the Nebraksa Soybean Board; Blair Van Zetten was elected treasurer and represents the American Egg Board; Brad Greenway is the immediate past chair and represents the National Pork Board; Pamela Strifler is an at-large member and represents Bayer; and Joe Koss will also serve as an at-large member and represents the Culver Franchising System, LLC. The remaining 2020 USFRA board members include: James Adams, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association; Doug Berven, Poet; Phil Borgic, National Pork Producers Council; Andy Fabin, United Soybean Board; Marilyn Hershey, Dairy Management, Inc.; Jim Martin, Illinois Soybean Association; Scott Phillips, National Pork Board; and Brody Stapel, Edge Dairy Cooperative.

The National Biodiesel Board elected new members to serve on the governing board,  including: Kent Engelbrecht, Archer Daniels Midland; Chad Stone, Renewable Energy Group; Ryan Pederson, North Dakota Soybean Council; Harry Simpson, Crimson Renewable Energy; Paul Soanes, RBF Port Neches, LLC; Dave Walton, Iowa Soybean Association; and Tim Ostrem, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. The board also elected Chad Stone as chairman, Mike Rath as vice chairman, Rob Shaffer as 2nd vice chairman, Ryan Pederson as treasurer and Troy Alberts as secretary. Troy AlbertsRob ShafferJeff Lynn, Tim Keaveney, Greg Anderson, Mike Rath, Robert Morton, and Tom Brooks continue to serve on the board.

The Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of 40 members to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. To see the appointments click here.

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