Western Growers hired Jeana Cadby as their new director of environment and climate. She most recently worked at Kula Bio as a technical product manager. She also has experience working at EdibleSci and The National Association of Conservation Districts.
Naturipe Farms has brought on John Johnston in the newly created role of director of premium products. He brings 15 years of experience to the role, formerly working for Driscoll’s, Chiquita, Fresh Express and H.J. Heinz.
Awe Sum Organics hired Isaac Contreras as senior operations and systems manager. He previously worked for Driscoll’s and Bonduelle Fresh Americas.
CHS has added Sarah Bovim to its Washington team as vice president of government affairs. She most recently worked at Albertsons as the senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. Before that, she worked at Whirlpool Corporation. Bovim succeeds Jim Zappa, who will retire on April 3. He joined CHS in 2015 as general counsel and held various leadership roles within the organization.
Douglas Minder has been promoted to chief financial officer of Biotalys, effective July 1. He succeeds Wim Ottevaere, who will conclude his operational role and continue to serve Biotalys in an advisory capacity.
Jeff Kuckuck is now senior government relations director at the National Cotton Council. Previously, he served as a Rep. Tom Emmer’s, R-Minn., legislative director and worked for Reps. Andy Biggs and Reid Ribble.
Brooke Taylor has been elevated to legislative assistant and Macie Kelly to policy analyst on the Republican staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Taylor will assist the legal team on nominations and oversight along with the CFTC, conservation, climate and sustainability portfolio. Kelly will handle issues related to Arkansas agriculture, ag appropriations, and ag labor. Taylor previously was a legislative aide and Kelly a legislative assistant.
Lucas Rudy has joined the U.S. Grains Council as the new global programs coordinator. He recently received his undergraduate degree in global studies from Florida International University. During that time he interned at the U.S. Army Garrison Italy and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. He was also an English teacher for clients in Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
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The National Wheat Foundation elected new officers to its board. The new chairman is Bernard Peterson from Kentucky, who raises winter wheat, corn, and soybeans. Scott Brown from Idaho was elected as vice chair, and Gary Broyles from Montana was selected as secretary and treasurer. Newly added to the board as a director are Ken Wood, Brian Walker, and Carl Schwienke.
Christine Daugherty and Marc Drouin will sit on the Leading Harvest board of directors and will serve on the newly formed International Committee of the Board. Daugherty is the deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Drouin is the senior managing director at PSP Investments.
A celebration of life for Frank Rehermann will be held Saturday, March 25th at 12:30 p.m. at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club, 2043 Simpson Dantoni Road, Marysville, Calif. Rehermann served over 20 years on boards and committees of the California Rice Commission. He also served as chair of the USA Rice Farmers, was a former USA Rice Council board member, and past chair of the California Rice Industry Association.
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