Jamie Johansson has been elected to a third consecutive two-year term as president of the California Farm Bureau. Johansson grows olives and citrus fruit in Oroville and operates an olive oil company, Lodestar Farms. He is a former chairman of the California Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee, a former vice president of the Butte County Farm Bureau and a former Oroville City Council member and vice mayor. Also elected to third consecutive terms were the Farm Bureau’s first vice president, Shannon Douglass, and its second vice president, Shaun Crook.
Other members elected to the California Farm Bureau include: Ronnie Leimgruber, representing Imperial and San Diego counties; Richard Miner, representing Los Angeles and Orange counties; Brian Medeiros, representing Kern and Kings counties; Donny Rollin, representing Fresno County; Jay Mahil, representing Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties; Joe Martinez, representing Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties; Ron Peterson, representing Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties; Clark Becker, representing Butte, Nevada and Yuba-Sutter counties; Johnnie White, representing Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties; Taylor Hagata, representing Lassen, Modoc and Plumas-Sierra counties; Joe Fischer, representing Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado and Amador counties; and Ron Vevoda, representing Del Norte and Humboldt counties. Jocelyn Anderson, a Glenn County walnut farmer, was selected to chair the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, succeeding state YF&R committee chair Lindsey Mebane of Kern County. Al Stehly, a San Diego County farmer, was appointed to chair the Farm Bureau’s Rural Health Department.
Salinas-based Moxxy Marketing has added Leanne Salandro as project manager, lead marketing initiatives for clients nationwide. Most recently, Salandro owned her own graphic design and consulting business. Salandro has strong ties to agriculture, growing up in Colorado helping with her family’s cows, horses, and alfalfa fields.
President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint four people to USDA regional positions. Jim Barber will be the state executive director of the Farm Service Agency for New York. Barber previously served in the same role for eight years during the Obama Administration. John Perdue has been appointed FSA state executive director for West Virginia. Perdue brings a lengthy tenure in public service, beginning his career with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture as a pesticide inspector. Rhiannon Hampson has been appointed as the rural development state director for Maine. Hampson previously represented her state as the representative for agricultural and environmental issues in Rep. Chellie Pingree’s, D-Maine, office. Kyle Wilkens has been appointed the rural development state director for Missouri. Wilkens previously served as the rural policy coordinator for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.
The American Agricultural Law Association selected Brad Parker to serve as the association’s executive director. Parker works for Braden Heidner Lowe and Associates, a firm he joined in January 2020. He succeeds Scott Heidner, who served as AALA’s executive director. Heidner serves as BHL’s senior vice president. Before joining BHL, Parker spent nine years with the Kansas Soybean Association and Kansas Soybean Commission as the communications director.
Beyond Meat has appointed two former Tyson Foods veterans to top executive roles. Doug Ramsey joins as the company's new chief operating officer. Ramsey worked the last 30 years at Tyson Foods where he oversaw the company’s poultry and McDonald’s businesses. Bernie Adcock has been hired in the newly created role of chief supply chain officer. He brings 31 years of experience to the role, formerly working at Tyson Foods where he most recently served as chief supply chain officer.
The Coalition for a Prosperous America has hired Aaron Ringel as vice president of international policy and advocacy. Most recently, Ringel served as the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and North American Blueberry Council have hired Amanda Griffin as vice president of engagement and education. Griffin served as the vice president of education and program management for the United Fresh Produce Association.
Tim Hassinger has been named CEO and president of IntelinAir. He has also been named chairman of the board of directors, effective Jan. 3. Hassinger succeeds company co-founder Al Eisaian, who has served as CEO and president of the company and chairman of its board since 2015. Hassinger brings more than 37 years of experience in the agricultural industry, previously serving as CEO of two other companies: Dow AgroSciences and The Lindsay Corporation.
Kubota Tractor Corporation has appointed Shingo Hanada as the new president and CEO. Hanada is a 32-year Kubota veteran who most recently held the position of executive officer, Kubota Corporation, and president of Kubota Holdings Europe B.V. and Kverneland AS in the Netherlands.
Sierra Richey has joined the U.S. Grains Council as the new global programs coordinator in its D.C. headquarters. Before joining the Council, Richey worked in Nebraska Wesleyan University’s global engagement office as a special projects coordinator and was also an intern with the Council’s Latin America regional office in Panama. Richey holds bachelor's degrees in international business and modern languages with an emphasis in Spanish.
Natalie Moran has left the National WIC Association, where she served as the media communications manager. Before joining the National WIC Association, Moran worked for Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., as his press fellow.
Fred Clark has announced he will retire from the Republican staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee at the end of the year. Clark previously retired in 2013 but joined the Senate Ag Committee in 2017 to help with the 2018 Farm Bill. What was supposed to be a two-year commitment turned into four years. Clark says he plans to relax and travel in his upcoming retirement, “Once I leave the Senate, my plan is to spend more quality time with my wife Rika, daughter Hannah, and many others in our circle of extended family and friends. I have plans in early 2022 to visit friends in Africa, spend two weeks at our childhood beach in California with my siblings, hike the Grand Canyon, and attend an Air Force One Reunion with my father-in-law.” Clark worked for 10 years as a House staffer, including eight years with the Agriculture Committee. He also spent 10 years with Cornerstone Government Affairs as general counsel and managing partner, representing commodity, food, finance, and international entities.
Topper Thorpe passed away on Dec. 1. Thorpe moved to Denver in 1968 to work for CattleFax as one of the first two employees of the startup company. For more than 30 years he worked as CattleFax’s general manager and CEO. After retiring from CattleFax, Thorpe volunteered for 20 years to ensure that water rights for agricultural and local entities were allowed to be put to beneficial use and protected for future generations. He was later appointed as a commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission.
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