October 16, 2018

USDA Appoints WG Members to Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue appointed numerous Western Growers members to the recently reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC).

Secretary Perdue appointed a total of 25 individuals to the FVIAC. Of the 25, the following are Western Growers’ members:

  • John Chandler, Chandler Farms L.P., Selma, Calif. (former WG Future Volunteer Leader)
  • Jeffrey Huckaby, Grimmway Enterprises Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Brian Kirschenmann, Kirschenmann Farms Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Harry (Bruce) Talbott, Talbott’s Mountain Gold LLLP, Palisade, Colo.

Originally chartered in 2001, the FVIAC advises the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry. Committee members represent organic and non-organic growers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers, industry trade associations, importers, processors, foodservice suppliers, food brokers, state departments of agriculture and farmers markets; and represent local, regional and national levels. The newly appointed members will serve terms of up to two years beginning immediately and ending in 2020.

Western Growers congratulates our members and all the others who were appointed to serve. To see the entire list of nominations or to learn more about the FVIAC, click here to read the official press release from U.S. Department of Agriculture.