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Karen Roass Named CDFA Secretary

Karen Ross has been appointed as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Ag by Governor Jerry Brown. Ross is from Alexandria, Virginia where she served as Chief of Staff with the United States Department of Agriculture since 2010.

Ross is well known in California agriculture due to her service as the President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers from 1996-2009. She also served as Vice-President of Government Relations with the Agriculture Council of California from 1989-1996 and was a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Board of Directors from 2001-2009.

“Karen Ross is well-suited for the role of food and agriculture secretary. She has firsthand knowledge about the many challenges farmers and ranchers face each day, not just in California but throughout the nation. Her experience working at USDA will provide her with important insights on how government can better assist our diverse agriculture in California, which not only provides so much of the fresh fruit and vegetables enjoyed throughout the United States, but whose products also create positive trade activity worldwide, “ said Paul Wenger California Farm Bureau Federation President.

Ross is welcomed to her new post by those in the agricultural community. “Our $36 billion agricultural economy is in need of a leader who can lead us through this difficult economic time and balance onerous environmental regulation in California,” said Ashley Indrieri, Family Water Alliance Chief Operations Officer.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the yearly compensation is $172,524. Ross is a democrat. ■

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