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Since its inception in 2001, this Advisory Committee has met up to two times per year to develop recommendations for submission to the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the U.S. produce industry. AMS officials ensure this Advisory Committee is administered according to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and plan Advisory Committee meetings. Below is a roster of the newly appointed 2013-2015 Committee members. These members have been appointed to a 2 or 3 – year term as noted below.


Virginia Barnes
Food Safety Mgr./Public Relations Mgr.
Barnes Farm, LLP
Hastings, Florida
2-year term
Tiffany Boaldin
Executive Chef
Golden Eagle Casino-Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Horton, Kansas
3-year term
Ben Burkett
B & B Farms
Petal, Mississippi
3-year term
Catherine Burns
Produce Marketing Association
Newark, Delaware
3-year term
Carlos Castaneda
Castaneda & Sons, Inc.
Arroyo Grande, California
3-year term
Helen Dietrich
Owner/Human Resources Mgr.
Ridgeview Orchards, LLC.
Conklin, Michigan
3-year term
Kristine Ellor
Mycologist/Technical Director
Phillips Mushroom Farms
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
3-year term
Richard Ha
Hamakua Springs Country Farms
Hilo, Hawaii
2-year term
Richard Hanas
Senior V.P./Corp. Administrative Officer
A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
Oviedo, Florida
3-year term
James Johnson
Partner/Vice President
Carzalia Valley Produce
Columbus, New Mexico
3-year term
Beth Knorr
Farmers Market Manager
Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy
Peninsula, Ohio
2-year term
Vaughn Koligian
Director of Corporate Sustainability
Sun-Maid Growers of California
Kingsburg, California
2-year term
Lorri Koster
Co-Chair of the Board, CEO
Mann Packing Company
Salinas, California
3-year term
Ricke Kress
Southern Gardens Citrus
Clewiston, Florida
2-year term
Roland McReynolds
Executive Director
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Pittsboro, North Carolina
3-year term
Paul Newman
Organic Sales/Marketing Liaison
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers/Columbia Valley Fruit
Wenatchee, Washington
2-year term
Robert Nolan
Deer Run Farms, LLC
Brookhaven, New York
2-year term
Dianne Nury
Vie-Del, Inc.
Fresno, California
2-year term
Diane Smith
Executive Director
Michigan Apple Committee
Lansing, Michigan
2-year term
Jorge Vazquez
Latin Specialties, LLC
Houston, Texas
3-year term
Jennifer “Jin Ju” Wilder
Director of Marketing
Valley Fruit & Produce
Los Angeles, California
2-year term
Thomas Williams
Manager Corporate Retail Produce & Floral
Edina, Minnesota
3-year term
David Yanda
Lakeside Foods, Inc.
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
3-year term

  Last Modified Date: 02/27/2015