Retail Produce Execs to Serve on USDA Advisory Committee

A new slate of members has been appointed to the USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. Originally chartered in 2001, the committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the U.S. fruit and vegetable industry. In May 2009, USDA approved a new two-year charter for this committee.

The 25 members were selected from individuals nominated by their peers. Committee members represent fresh fruit and vegetable growers/shippers, fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers, retailers, industry trade associations, importers, fruit and vegetable processors, foodservice suppliers, fresh-cut processors, brokers, and state departments of agriculture. Each member serves a two-year term.

In the coming weeks, USDA will schedule the committee’s first meeting for 2010 in the Washington, D.C., area.

USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee Members, 2009-2010 are:

Andrea Caroe, EarthClaims, LLC
Lorna Christie, Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
Jeremy Gillam, Gillam Farms
Alan Hardison, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo
Michael Hollister, Driscoll Strawberry Associates
Edwin Kee, DE Department of Agriculture
Beth Ann Knorr, Countrywide Conservancy
Vaughn Koligian, Sun-Maid Growers of California
Tom Lovelace, McEntire Produce
Lisa McNeece, Grimmway Enterprises, Inc.
Guy Moore, Larriland Farms
Paul Newman, First Fruits Marketing
Robert Nolan, Deer Run Farms, LLC
Dianne Nury, Vie-Del Co.
Michael O’Brien, Schnucks Markets
Russell Poore, Poore’s Nursery and Farm
Howard Popoola, Topco, Inc.
Brent Roggie, National Grape Coop Association
William “Gee” Roe III, W.G. Roe & Sons, Inc.
William Smittcamp, Wawona Frozen Foods
J. Allen Swann, Swann Farms
Maureen Torrey, Torrey Farms
Oscar Vizcarra, Becker Farms
Jennifer “Jin Ju” Wilder, Coast Produce
Rebecca Wilson, Tom Lange Co.
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