A.G. Kawamura

Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
 
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November 2003: Kawamura was appointed secretary of the California Department of Food by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

1998-2003: Kawamura served was member of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.

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Kawamura chairs the Specialty Crop Task Force of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and he is a member of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. Secretary Kawamura is steering committee member for both the national 25x'25 renewable energy initiative and the Native Pollinator Initiative.

Kawamura is the immediate past president of the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture. In that capacity, he was also a member of the board for NASDA.

Kawamura served as chairman of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables, a USDA advisory position for international trade.

Kawamura served as president of the Orange County Farm Bureau; and chairman of Western Growers Association. He has also served as a director on the boards of the California Strawberry Commission and California Celery Research Advisory Board. He was a founding trustee of Sage Hill High School in Orange County.

Kawamura was president of Orange County Harvest, a nonprofit promoting agricultural partnerships with organizations combating hunger.

Kawamura was active as a produce grower and shipper from Orange County, where his third-generation farming family still grows strawberries, green beans and other specialty crops.

Kawamura has a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley.

Source: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/SecretaryBio.html

Last edited by Scott Flodin on Jan. 11, 2009

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