Leadership Transition Planned for California Table Grape Commission

Ian LeMay, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association will become President & CEO of the California Table Grape Commission in the spring of 2025. LeMay will succeed Kathleen Nave who has served in the lead staff role since January 1999 when she succeeded Bruce Obbink.

USHBC Launches Second Class of Blueberry Leadership Program to Empower Future Leaders

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has launched the application process for the second class of its Blueberry Leadership Program that elevates up-and-coming leaders in the blueberry industry. The program will accept up to 10 talented, passionate professionals from across the supply chain to become the second group of fellows in the program.

USDA Seeks Nominees for National Potato Promotion Board

May 3, 2023 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the National Potato Promotion Board to fill 60 board seats with terms that expire February 29, 2024. Nominations are due to the board by August 15, 2023.

FishWise and Hy-Vee Continue Groundbreaking Tuna Fishing Vessel Transparency Efforts

May 2, 2023 FishWise 

For the second year in a row, Hy-Vee Inc. and FishWise, a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy, have completed a tuna fishing vessel transparency activity. Tuna are harvested globally, often in remote ocean regions where illegal fishing and human and labor rights abuses can occur without detection. The fishing vessel transparency activity is designed to shed light on the complexity of the company’s fresh, frozen, and canned tuna assortments.

Whitehouse, Sullivan, Colleagues Re-Introduce Fish Act to Combat Illegal Foreign Seafood Harvest

U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) yesterday reintroduced the Fighting Foreign Illegal Seafood Harvest (FISH) Act, legislation to combat foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing by blacklisting offending vessels from U.S. ports and waters.  The legislation would bolster the U.S. Coast Guard’s enforcement capabilities and advance international and bilateral negotiations to achieve enforceable agreements and treaties.