Pistachio grower Kevin Herman of Madera, Calif., has been unanimously elected to a second consecutive two-year term as chair of the California Pistachio Commission. He has served as a commissioner for six years.

A grower since 1985, the third-generation farmer currently manages over 2,000 acres and owns Specialty Crop Company, a farm management business.

According to Herman, “The commission will continue efforts in product research including nutritional studies, domestic and generic promotion, providing a voice for growers in Washington, D.C., and working against unfair trade actions.”

Re-elected Board commissioners include Ron Clark and Chuck Nichols in Dist. 1, representing Kern, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Herman will represent Dist. 2 growers in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Merced counties. Dist. 3’s Dan Hutfless will represent Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Inyo, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama and Yola counties. The new Board began serving their two-year term on July 1.

Continuing 2005-2007 terms include commissioners Ali Amin and Jeff Gibbons in Dist. 1; and Bob Keenan and David Sbirov in Dist. 2. Dr. Claudia Servsland was recently appointed as the commission’s public member.

Alternate commissioners were also elected to each position. According to Herman, the commission has served the California pistachio industry for over 25 years.

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