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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
8155 Barnes Farm Road
Hastings, Florida 32145
2-year term
Tiffany Boaldin
Executive Chef
Golden Eagle Casino-Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
1121 Goldfinch Road
Horton, Kansas 66439
3-year term
Ben Burkett
B & B Farms
32 Ben F. Burkett Road
Petal, Mississippi 39465
3-year term
Catherine Burns
Produce Marketing Association
1500 Casho Mill Road
Newark, Delaware 19711
3-year term
Carlos Castaneda
Castaneda & Sons, Inc.
1503 El Camino Real #B
Arroyo Grande, California 93420
3-year term
Helen Dietrich
Owner/Human Resources Mgr.
Ridgeview Orchards, LLC. 1567 Wilson Street
Conklin, Michigan 49403
3-year term
Kristine Ellor
Mycologist/Technical Director
Phillips Mushroom Farms
1011 Kaolin Road
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348
3-year term
Richard Ha
Hamakua Springs Country Farms
421 Lama Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
2-year term
Richard Hanas
Senior V.P./Corp. Administrative Officer
A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
1200 Duda Trail
Oviedo, Florida 32765
3-year term
James Johnson
Partner/Vice President
Carzalia Valley Produce
P.O. Box 469
Columbus, New Mexico 88029
3-year term
Beth Knorr
Farmers Market Manager
Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy
2179 Everett Road
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
2-year term
Vaughn Koligian
Director of Corporate Sustainability
Sun-Maid Growers of California
13525 South Bethel Avenue
Kingsburg, California 93631
2-year term
Lorri Koster
Co-Chair of the Board
Mann Packing Company
1250 Hansen Street
Salinas, California 93901
3-year term
Ricke Kress
Southern Gardens Citrus
1820 County Road 833
Clewiston, Florida 33440
2-year term
Roland McReynolds
Executive Director
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
P.O. Box 448
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
3-year term
Paul Newman
Organic Sales/Marketing Liaison
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers
P.O. Box549
Wenatchee, Washington 98807
2-year term
Robert Nolan
Deer Run Farms, LLC
282 South Country Road
Brookhaven, New York 11719
2-year term
Christopher Puentes
Interfresh, Inc.
2019 W. Orangewood Ave., Suite A
Orange, California 92868
2-year term
Brent Roggie
General Manager
National Grape Cooperative Association, Inc.
2 South Portage Street
Westfield, New York 14787
2-year term
Andy Shoemaker
Senior Vice President
Taylor Fresh Foods, Inc.
911-B Blanco Circle
Salinas, California 93901
3-year term
Diane Smith
Executive Director
Michigan Apple Committee
13750 S. Sedona Parkway, Suite 3
Lansing, Michigan 48906
2-year term
Jorge Vazquez
Latin Specialties, LLC
4132 Airline Drive
Houston, Texas 77022
3-year term
Jennifer “Jin Ju” Wilder
Director of Marketing
Valley Fruit & Produce
1601 E. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90021
2-year term
Thomas Williams
Manager Corporate Retail Produce & Floral
7600 France Ave., S
Edina, Minnesota 55435
3-year term
David Yanda
Lakeside Foods, Inc.
808 Hamilton Street
Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54221
3-year term

  Last Modified Date: 08/28/2014