Western Growers CEO Dave Puglia has been selected to serve on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee to advise the Agriculture Department and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on policies related to new and existing trade agreements. California Citrus Mutual President and CEO Casey Creamer has been selected for the fruits and vegetables technical advisory committee, along with trade directors Caroline Stringer of the California Fresh Fruit Association and Jodi Devaurs of the California Table Grape Commission. Almond Alliance President Elaine Trevino and Wine Institute CEO Robert Koch already reside on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee.
Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Eric Hirata to director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Hirata has been chief deputy director since 2017.Earlier in his career, Hirata was assigned to the Department’s Special Operations Unit in both Southern and Northern California and was promoted to supervising agent and supervising agent in charge in the San Francisco District Office. Hirata also served as the Program Manager for the Department’s Grant Unit. In 2009, he was promoted to Deputy Division Chief in the Northern Division Office where he assumed responsibility for the Department’s district offices throughout Northern California.
Austin Martin has been tapped as the new chief operating officer at Kalera, a technology-driven vertical farming company. Martin…
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