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Looking Back at the China Trade and Investment Mission

As CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and the entire California delegation return from the China Trade and Investment Mission, we thought we’d take a look back at the stops they made along the way to promote trade and forge new relationships. California’s agricultural exports to China are on the increase – up 25 percent last year alone – and this trip has given our growers an important opportunity to continue that trend.

The agricultural delegation joining Governor Brown and Secretary Ross were as follows:

– Julie Adams, Vice President, Global Technical and Regualtory Affairs, Almond Board of California

– David Ahlem, Vice President, General Manager, Hilmar Cheese

-Jay Behmke, Managing Director, Yao Family Wines

-Cathy Calfo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, California Certified Organic Farmers

-Michael Gallo, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Gallo Farms and Joseph Farms Cheese

-John Harris, President, Harris Farms

-Robert Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer, the Wine Institute

-Sean Martin, Chief Financial officer, Driscoll’s

-Don Peracchi, Owner, DJ farms

-Melissa Poole, Director of Government Affairs, Paramount Farming Company; Counsel, Roll Law Group  

-Mack Ramsey, California Strawberry Commission

-Chris Rosander, International Program Coordinator, Raisin Administrative Committee

-Michael Rue, General Partner, Rue and Forsman Ranch

-Pete Weber, Co-Chair, California Friends of the San Joaquin Valley

-John Weisz, Farming Organizer, Driscoll’s


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