Matt Roy has joined Tanimura & Antle in the role of vice president of business development CEA (controlled environment agriculture). He will report to Scott Grabau, chief executive officer and president. Roy brings over 20 years of industy experience, holding positions with Harold Crawford Co. Inc., as president, US Foodsas senior director of produce, and produce buyer for Associated Wholesale Grocers.

Fresh Market, Inc., has tapped Jason Potter as the new CEO. He succeeds Larry Appel who resigned. Potter brings over 30 years of experience in the grocery industry. He previously worked for Sobeys Inc., one of the largest food retailers in North America, in many senior executive positions, most recently as executive vice president of operations.

Greg Hoover has joined the Rabo AgriFinance team as general manager of input finance. He previously worked for John Deere Financial for the past 24 years, leading the agribusiness account management and strategic customer relationship teams. 

Agriculture Future of America has elected Manda Tweten, Archer Daniels Midland Company; Marc Mears, Cargill Inc.; Julie Anna Potts, The North American Meat Institute; and Chandra Reddy, Tennessee State University, to the AFA board of directors. Retiring from the board are Jay Akridge, Purdue University; Daren Coppock, Agricultural Retailers Association; and Ruth Kimmelshue, Cargill, Inc.

Jake McCurdy has joined the staff on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee under Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as a professional staff member. He previously worked for the Department of Energy as a senior adviser. 

Michelle Lane has left the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where she served as a professional staff member. She has joined the National Park Foundation as the vice president of government relations.

Bart Massey now works as the legislative director for Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. He covers the portfolio for appropriations and taxation. 

Cari Fike has been promoted to deputy chief of staff for Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala. She covers appropriations, immigration, and small business issues.

Bread for the World, a Christian anti-hunger and poverty group, has tapped Eugene Cho to serve as the organization's president. Cho will succeed David Beckmann, who has served as president since 1991. Cho is the founder of One Day’s Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.

Eugene Cho 

Eugene Cho 

Sysco promoted Eve McFadden to senior vice president of legal, general counsel and corporate secretary. Chris Jasper has been promoted to the newly created role of senior vice president and president of U.S. broadline. He previously was the market president for Sysco’s Midwest region. 

Seth Goldman has stepped down as the executive chair of Beyond Meat. He has become a founder of PLNT Burger with his wife Julie Farkas and his son Jonah Goldman. In addition, also joining the founders is Margarita Herdocia.

Mike LaGrande, from Colusa County, Calif.,has passed away at the age of 76. LaGrande was one of the founders of California Pacific Rice Mill, Foothill Warehouse, and in 1999, he and his son, Ken, created the Sun Valley Rice Company. He served as a past chair of the USA Rice Millers' Association from 2005-07, and served on several RMA committees and on the USA Rice Federation board from 2005-09.

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