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Jimmie Turner (202) 720-8998
jimmie.turner@ams.usda.gov
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998
billy.cox@ams.usda.gov

 
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the names of members of the new Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory 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 is appointed to a two-year term.

 
Originally chartered in 2001, the advisory committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry. In May 2009, USDA approved a new two-year charter for this committee.

 
In the coming weeks, USDA will schedule the committee’s first meeting for 2010 in the Washington, D.C. area. More information about the meeting will be published in the Federal Register and at www.ams.usda.gov/fv. Information can also be obtained by emailing robert.keeney@usda.gov or calling (202) 720-4722.

 
The Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 provides for the establishment and operation of advisory committees within the executive branch of the federal government.

 
USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee Members, 2010-2011:

 
Andrea Caroe, EarthClaims, LLC , California

 
Lorna Christie, Produce Marketing Association, Delaware

 
Jeremy Gillam, Gillam Farms, Arkansas

 
Alan Hardison, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, California

 
Michael Hollister, Driscoll Strawberry Associates, California

 
Edwin Kee, DE Department of Agriculture, Delaware

 
Beth Ann Knorr, Countrywide Conservancy,
Ohio

 
Vaughn Koligian, Sun-Maid Growers of California, California

 
Tom Lovelace, McEntire Produce , South Carolina

 
Lisa McNeece, Grimmway Enterprises, Inc., California

 
Guy Moore, Larriland Farms, Maryland

 
Paul Newman, First Fruits Marketing, Washington

 
Robert Nolan, Deer Run Farms, LLC, New York

 
Dianne Nury, Vie-Del Company, California

 
Michael O’Brien, Schnuck Markets, Missouri

 
Russell Poore, Poore’s Nursery and Farm, Kentucky

 
Howard Popoola, Topco, Inc., Illinois

 
Brent Roggie, National Grape Coop Association, New York

 
William “Gee” Roe III, W.G. Roe & Sons, Inc., Florida

 
William Smittcamp, Wawona Frozen Foods, California

 
J. Allen Swann, Swann Farms, Maryland

 
Maureen Torrey, Torrey Farms, New York

 
Oscar Vizcarra, Becker Farms, New York

 
Jennifer “Jin Ju” Wilder, Coast Produce,
California

 
Rebecca Wilson, Tom Lange Company, Illinois

 
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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272(voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

 
 
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  Last Modified Date: 01/05/2010