US Secretary of Agriculture Names New Members to the USHBC

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has appointed new members and alternate to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC). Members and their alternates serve terms of three years beginning 1 January 2017. Members oversee blueberry research and marketing initiatives per USDA regulations.

Producer Members appointed:

Bill Steed, Pauma Valley, CA
Brittany H. Lee, Gainesville, FL
Adair Chambers Peterson, Homerville, GA
George Fritz Jr., Bloomingdale, MI
Tim Wetherbee, Hammonton, NJ
Chris Barnhill, Ivanhoe, NC
Steven M. Erickson, Salem, OR
Rob Dhaliwal, Lynden, WA

Alternate Producer Members appointed:

Young Kwun, Porterville, CA
Janet B. Swilley, Plant City, FL
John V. Bennett, Alma, GA
Robert Carini, West Olive, MI
Dennis G. Doyle, New Lisbon, NJ
H. Neil Moore, of Ivanhoe, N.C.
Douglas A. Krahmer, St. Paul, OR
Bryan Sakuma, Bow, WA

Importer Members appointed:

Brian Bocock, South Haven, MI
Janice Lynn Honigberg, Chicago, IL
Bo Slack, Wenatchee, WA

Alternate Importer Members:

Brian Caster, Salinas, CA
Andrew Maiman, Weston, FL
Thomas H. Bodtke, South Haven, MI

Exporter Member appointed:

Raymon Biln, British Columbia, Canada

Alternate Exporter Member appointed:

Parm S. Bains, British Columbia, Canada

Handler Member appointed:

Guy P. Cotton, Stockton, CA

Alternate Handler Member appointed:

Risa Bakker, of Hanford, CA