The California Pistachio Commission (CPC) unanimously re-elected Kevin Herman, a pistachio grower from Madera, Calif., to continue serving as CPC chairman at its July 12 meeting. Herman, a third-generation farmer, has been growing pistachios since 1985 and currently manages over 1,400 acres in District II. He also owns the Specialty Crop Co., a farm management company.

In District I (Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Tulare counties), recently elected commissioners are Ali Amin (Primex Farms) and Jeff Gibbons (Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella). Amin's alternate is Richard Sandrini (R.B. Sandrini Farms), and Gibbons' alternate is Jeff Yurosek (Yurosek Farms).

In District II (Fresno, Kings, Madera and Merced counties), the elected commissioners are Bob Keenan (Keenan Farms) and David Sborov (Golden West Farming Cooperative) with alternates Bill Phillimore (Paramount Farming) and Tom Coleman (Coleman Farming Co.), respectively. The new board members began serving their two-year term July 1.

There were no vacancies in District III (northern California); therefore commissioner Dan Hutfless (Ord Bend Farms) and alternate Rick Strain (Strain Orchards) continue their terms through June 30, 2006.

Continuing their 2004-06 terms on the CPC for District I are commissioners Brian Blackwell (Blackwell Farming Co.) and Chuck Nichols (Nichols Farms) with Nichols' alternate, Johnny Starling (Nichols Farms). Nichols was unanimously re-elected to continue serving as CPC vice chairman at the July 12 meeting.

The election resulted in two vacant alternate commissioner positions, which were filled at the July 12 meeting. Ron Clark (Clarklind Farms) was appointed alternate to Blackwell in District I, whereas Jeff Curry (Jeff Curry & Associates) was appointed alternate to Herman in District II.

Claudia Sersland, PhD, commissioner, and William Rice, PhD, alternate to Sersland, continue as the CPC's public members.

The 2004 crop reached a record 346.8 million pounds, while the 2005 harvest is expected to be an “off” year for the alternate-bearing crop.