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CDFA official appointed AMS administrator

by | May 12, 2009
The California Department of Food & Agriculture's deputy secretary of legislation and policy, Rayne Pegg, has been appointed administrator of the U.S. Department of Agricultures Agricultural Marketing Service. "Rayne has served the people of California admirably through her legislative work here at CDFA, including areas such as invasive pests, organic farming and food safety," CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura said in a press release. We thank her for her dedication as a public servant, and look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role in Washington, DC. Rayne is an effective problem-solver who will be a great addition to our national agriculture programs, CDFA Undersecretary Will Brown added in the press release. At CDFA, Ms. Pegg was the principal advisor to both Secretary Kawamura and the governors cabinet on legislative and policy issues involving agriculture. As AMS administrator, she will work to ensure a productive and competitive global and domestic marketplace for U.S. agricultural products. Prior to her appointment at CDFA, Ms. Pegg represented the California Farm Bureau Federation on issues ranging from export market opportunities to phytosanitary barriers and the Leafy Green Product Handler Marketing Agreement, an industry-backed food safety initiative established in response to the spinach E. Coli outbreak in 2006. She participated in the World Trade Organization and US-Korea FTA negotiations, and was previously appointed to USDAs Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee on Fruits & Vegetables.