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Grower-Shipper Association of Central California (GSA), Salinas, Calif. Patrick Collins was named new chairman of the board, taking over for outgoing chairman Butch Corda. Collins has been actively involved in the GSA board and the activities of the association for many years. He is a licensed pest control advisor and certified crop advisor, and his career includes time working at Bruce Church, The Nunes Co. and Crop Production Services, before being recruited to work for Dole Fresh Vegetables in 2001, where has held a number of responsibilities, including sourcing, planting schedules, lease and contract negotiation, harvesting, greenhouse operations and new product development. He currently serves as senior director of farming operations for Dole Fresh Vegetables, responsible for company-owned farming operations in Salinas, Huron, Oxnard and Yuma, Calif., in addition to internal greenhouse and transplant operations. Collins will lead the organization until May 2018. Meanwhile, Jason Smith, president and CEO of Smith Family Wines, was named vice chairman for 2017-2018, with Allan Clark, owner of of Merrill Farms, serving as treasurer. In addition to these, the 2017-2018 board of directors will be made up of Corda; Richard Amirsehhi, president and CEO of Naturipe Berry Growers; Tony Alameda, owner of Sabor Farms; Rodney Braga, president and CEO of Braga Fresh Family Farms; Dan Canales, senior vice president of sales, marketing and processing for Ippolito International; Melissa Duflock, partner at San Bernardo Rancho; Jeff Jackson, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Tanimura & Antle; Cindy Jewell, vice president of marketing for California Giant Berry Farms; Tom Nunes V, president of The Nunes Co.; and Colby Pereira, vice president of finance at Costa Farms.
American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), Champaign, Ill.
Dr. Geoffrey Dahl, professor and chair in the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Florida, was elected vice president – production, where he will serve as liaison between the university, livestock producers and allied industries. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dahl will conduct applied and basic research with direct impact on dairy production. Specific research interests include effects of photoperiod manipulation on production and health, the impact of frequent milking in early lactation on milk production and heat stress abatement during the dry period on cow productivity and health. Dahl’s extension activities include financial decision support tools for producers and development of online delivery of information and training to dairy producers and industry professionals. Dahl spent 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Reproductive Sciences Program at the University of Michigan, before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1994, where he served as associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator in the Department of Animal & Avian Sciences. Prior to his current appointment, Dahl served as professor and extension dairy specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2000-2006). He has been an active member of ADSA since 1985, and has served as a member and chair of the Lactation Biology and Growth & Development committees and the selection committees for the Cargill Young Scientist Award, the Merial Dairy Management Award, the Genevieve Christian Student Award and the Pfizer Animal Health Award. He has also taught courses on dairy management, general and lactation physiology and endocrinology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and numerous symposium and popular press articles and trained 22 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Trish Dawson, senior scientist, cultures and enzymes at Chr. Hansen, Inc., was elected to a 3-year term as director – dairy foods. Dawson’s research interests have spanned the fields of marine biofilm formation, microbial nitrogen fixation, bio-fermentation processes and methods development for the isolation and characterization of microorganisms. She has specifically worked with dairy starter cultures and their applications for more than 20 years in Australia and North America. Dawson currently works with applied microbiology and enzymology as it pertains to the production and development of cheese. Throughout her career, she has also developed and taught courses in microbiology for nursing, agriculture, science, medical, pharmaceutical and dairy students. She has been a member of ADSA for four years, and is currently the chair for the dairy foods division. Dr. James Quigley III, technical and research manager of calf support for Cargill Animal Nutrition, was elected to a 3-year term as director — production division. His current responsibilities are to develop and support calf and heifer nutrition and management programs for Cargill customers globally. In conjunction with Cargill colleagues, he also developed growth simulation models to accurately predict growth of calves from birth to calving. Prior to joining Cargill Animal Nutrition, Quigley held research (1998–2004) and management positions (2008–2012) with APC Inc., was vice president of worldwide research with Diamond V Mills (2004–2007) and served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, from 1988-1998. Quigley has also authored 88 refereed journal articles, 115 abstracts, 3 book chapters and numerous proceedings articles for conferences worldwide, and is co-author on two patents.