Almond Board Election Results

The Almond Board of California has released nomination results for positions on the board of directors. Results are as follows: independent grower, member position one, one-year term, David Arakelian, Livingston; alternate position one, Brad Klump, Escalon; independent handler, member position one, three-year term, Dave Phippen, Ripon; alternate position one, Ron Fisher, Modesto; independent handler member position three, one-year term, Keith Rigg, LeGrand; alternate position three, Dean Nelson, Kerman; cooperative grower, member, three-year term, John Thorning, Tracy; cooperative grower alternate, George Goshgarian, Fresno; cooperative handler, member, three-year term, Doug Youngdahl, Sacramento; and alternate cooperative handler, Susan Brauner, Sacramento. Additionally, Bill Brush is nominated for the cooperative grower member position vacated by Dan Cummings. Cummings is nominated for the cooperative grower alternate position. Terms of office began March 1, 2008.

USDA Earmarks Millions to Fight Apple Moth

The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation has earmarked $74.5 million for California and federal efforts to halt the spread of the light brown apple moth. The moth, native to Australia, was first discovered in North America in February 2007 in Berkeley, Calif. The moth infestation appears to have been isolated in nine quarantined San Francisco Bay-area counties, from Monterey County in the south to Marin County in the north. If the infestation reaches the San Joaquin Valley, California Department of Food and Agriculture officials have estimated annual losses to grape, citrus and stone fruit growers and shippers could be more than $250 million. Since February, ground treatments of pheromones affixed to devices similar to twist-ties have been distributed. Aerial pheromone treatments are planned for late spring.

New U.S. Sales Manager at MOI

 Marrone Organic Innovations (MOI) has appointed David Warman as its U.S. sales manager. Warman will oversee sales to all markets including agriculture, specialty, and turf and ornamentals. Particular attention will be given to current and new distribution partners to effectively launch new compounds. Prior to MOI, Warman was responsible for the development of AgraQuest, Inc.’s professional biological products line. He has also worked for Griffin LLC as regional manager and with Ciba/Geigy (Novartis) where he spent 21 years in various sales, marketing, and sales management positions. A native of Oregon and a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in agronomy, Warman now resides in Ocala, Fla.

New Quality Monitoring Program for Growers

The USDA has established a new service that was developed in response to the processed and fresh fruit and vegetable industry’s need to supplement internal quality control programs. The new Quality Monitoring Program (QMP) permits companies to submit specific processed produce samples for review to graders from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Chicago-based U.S. Foodservice is the first company to sign an agreement with AMS to provide QMP services at several of its distribution centers. After an AMS inspection, products that do not conform to assigned specifications are immediately reported back to the company. For more information, e-mail Terry.Bane@usda.gov or call 202-720-4693.

Kiefer Joins ACI

Agri-Cover, Inc.  (ACI) has expanded its sales team with the addition of Russ Kiefer. In his new role as national sales manager for ACI’s ag division, Kiefer is responsible for growing accounts in the U.S. market. He brings six years of experience building dealer networks in the U.S. and international markets and over 20 years of sales and marketing experience.