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Government Relations Council

The Government Relations Council is charged with debating, recommending, and establishing policy priorities for the United Fresh membership. In addition, this council provides leadership and insights on many public policy issues that confront the fresh produce industry and is active in grassroots and political education activities on issues including immigration reform, nutrition policy, farm bill legislation, food safety policy initiatives, and country of origin labeling requirements.

Current members of Government Relations Council:

Position

Name

Organization

City

State

Chairman

Charles Wingard

Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.

Pelion

SC

Member

Julie Adams

Almond Board of California

Modesto

CA

Member

Jim Allen

New York Apple Sales, Inc.

Glenmont

NY

Member

Jim Bair

U.S. Apple Association

Vienna

VA

Member

James W Bogart

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

Salinas

CA

Member

Bill L Brim

Lewis Taylor Farms

Tifton

GA

Member

Greg Cardamone

L & M

Raleigh

NC

Member

Chalmers R. Carr III

Titan Farms, LLC

Ridge Spring

SC

Member

Brendan Comito

Capital City Fruit Company, Inc.

Norwalk

IA

Member

Jason Craig

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Eden Prairie

MN

Member

Anthony DeAngelis

Christopher Ranch, LLC

Edison

NJ

Member

Sarah Frey-Talley

Frey Farms, LLC

Keenes

IL

Member

Dante Galeazzi

Texas International Produce Association

Mission

TX

Member

Mark Girardin

North Bay Produce, Inc.

Traverse City

MI

Member

Bil Goldfield

Dole Food Company

Westlake Village

CA

Member

Kelly Green

Birko

Henderson

CO

Member

Wendell Hahn

Four Seasons Family of Companies

Ephrata

PA

Member

Charles Hall

Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

LaGrange

GA

Member

Richard L Hanas

A. Duda & Sons, Inc.

Oviedo

FL

Member

Matt Harris

Washington State Potato Commission

Moses Lake

WA

Member

Jamey Higham

Farm Fresh Direct, LLC

Monte Vista

CO

Member

Lance Jungmeyer

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Nogales

AZ

Member

John Keeling

National Potato Council

Washington

DC

Member

Douglas Kling

Village Farms International, Inc.

Heathrow

FL

Member

Mark Klompien

United Potato Growers of America

Salt Lake City

UT

Member

Pat J Kole

Idaho Potato Commission

Eagle

ID

Member

Randy Marcum

Cabbage, Inc.

Vermillion

OH

Member

Maureen Torrey Marshall

Torrey Farms, Inc.

Elba

NY

Member

Bruce McEvoy

Seald Sweet International/Greenyard USA

Vero Beach

FL

Member

Bob Morrissey

National Watermelon Association, Inc.

Lakeland

FL

Member

Dale Murden

Texas Citrus Mutual

Mission

TX

Member

Tom Nassif

Western Growers

Newport Beach

CA

Member

Joel Nelsen

California Citrus Mutual

Exeter

CA

Member

Laura Phelps

American Mushroom Institute

Avondale

PA

Member

Melissa Poole

Wonderful Citrus

Shafter

CA

Member

Mark Powers

Northwest Horticultural Council

Yakima

WA

Member

George Radanovich

California Fresh Fruit Association

Fresno

CA

Member

Michael Schadler

Florida Tomato Exchange

Maitland

FL

Member

Jack Seaver

Plenty Inc.

South San Francisco

CA

Member

Michael J. Stuart

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Maitland

FL

Member

Rayne Thompson

Sunkist Growers, Inc.

Valencia

CA

Member

Wesley Van Camp

Tanimura & Antle

Salinas

CA

Member

Jaime Weisinger

Lipman Family Farms

Immokalee

FL

Staff Coordinator

Robert Guenther

United Fresh Produce Association

Washington

DC

Staff Coordinator

John Hollay

United Fresh Produce Association

Washington

DC

Staff Coordinator

Parker Linn

United Fresh Produce Association

Washington

DC