Former U.S. Deputy secretary of Agriculture Richard E. Rominger has agreed to lead a four-campus partnership to serve the needs of California's $27 billion agriculture industry.

In a collective effort, UC Davis, UC Riverside, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo and California State University, Fresno, will work with Rominger to address the expressed needs of production agriculture in the state. His work on behalf of the partnership began Feb. 1.

As a consultant, Rominger will become a liaison between the universities and the voices of production agriculture. His role will be as an expert in agricultural issues and to share information about the agricultural programs conducted by each campus. Rominger will make recommendations to the universities.