Gov.Gavin Newsom has now added two leaders from the California agricultural community to his 80-member economic recovery task force. Almond Alliance President Elaine Trevino has now joined the advisory group alongside Don Cameron, who is the general manager of Terranova Ranch and president of the State Board of Food and Ag.  

Andy Tudor has opened AT Ag Consulting in Yakima, Wash. He will offer marketing strategies, business development planning and other services. Tudor previously worked in the role of vice president of business development at Rainier Fruit Co. in Selah, Wash. Tudor joined Rainier Fruit in 2012.

Scott Horsfall, CEO of the of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, has announced his retirement next March. Horsfall has a 40-year career in California agriculture. Horsfall was the vice president of international marketing for the California Table Grape Commission from 1983-1997 and president of the California Kiwifruit Commission. He was also the CEO of the Buy California Marketing Agreement.

Tate Bennett

Tate Bennett

The White House has yet to announce the move, but Tate Bennett has been tapped to serve as the Special Assistant to President Donald Trump for agriculture and agricultural trade, according to sources with knowledge of the appointment. She will fill a position left vacant since Ray Starling left the post to serve as USDA chief of staff in June of 2018. Most recently, she served as Agriculture Adviser to the EPA Administrator. Prior to that, she worked for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and was on the staff of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen has retired from the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Her last day with the U.S. government is April 30. As of April 25, Julie Callahan stepped in to serve as acting assistant U.S. trade representative for agricultural affairs. She previously was serving as the deputy assistant. To learn more about Lauritsen’s career, click here to watch her Meet the Farm Hand interview.

Terri Nintemann has been named deputy administrator of USDA’s Food Safely and Inspection Service. Nintemann has been serving as the acting deputy administrator since March 12.

Randolph Legg has been selected as the new head of U.S. commercial business for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. He most recently served as the head of U.S. pet vet business at Boehringer Ingelheim.

Suzanne Heywood has been appointed as the acting CEO of CNH Industrial, in addition to her role as chair of the board. Heywood will serve as CEO until a replacement has been identified. Heywood is also the managing director of Exor, and has been chair of CNH Industrial since July 2018. She takes over following the resignation of Hubertus Mühlhäuser … CNH Industrial also added Oddone Incisa as chief financial officer, in addition to his current role as president, financial services. Incisa succeeds Max Chiara, outgoing chief financial and sustainability officer.

Randolph Legg

Randolph Legg

CNH Industrial N.V.  also announced the temporary appointment of Brad Crews as general manager, North America. Crews will also temporarily join the company’s Global Executive Committee. He brings over 25 years of experience with CNH Industrial. Crews held the position of chief operating officer, NAFTA from 2014-17, and was president, agricultural equipment product segment from 2015-17.

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) board of directors has elected Galen Cobb to serve as chairman and Matt McCarroll to serve as vice chairman for the 2020-21 term. Cobb is the vice president of industry relations at Halliburton and McCarroll is the president & CEO of Fieldwood Energy.

Garrett Kral has moved off the Hill and to the Environmental Protection Agency as a special adviser for oversight in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. He previously worked as a counsel for Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Sally Adams has been promoted to chief of staff for Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz. She previously was the deputy chief of staff and legislative director. 

Lucine Mikhanjian has been hired as a legislative correspondent for Rep. TJ Cox, D-Calif., covering the animal welfare portfolio, while Chris Bornmann has been hired as a staff assistant.

Robert Primus now serves as chief of staff for Rep. Antonio Cárdenas, D-Calif. He previously worked as Cárdenas’s senior adviser. He succeeds Miguel Franco, who now works as vice president of government affairs at NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises.

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