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Jennifer Skidgel-Clarke has joined Steinbeck Country Produce in Salinas, CA, in the newly created position vice president of food safety and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Skidgel-Clarke brings extensive experience in the food safety and regulatory arenas to Steinbeck Country Produce. She was most recently food safety and risk manager for four years at Christensen & Giannini LLC in Salinas. Prior to that she held positions at Tanimura & Antle in Salinas as pest control adviser and farm GAP coordinator, and as agricultural inspector/biologist for the Monterey County agriculture commissioner.

At Steinbeck she will be overseeing the food-safety program as well as ensuring compliance with regulations affecting human resources and other departments.

"We are very pleased to have Jennifer join us at Steinbeck Country Produce," Steinbeck Chief Executive Officer Chris Huntington said in a July 7 press release. "With today's ever-changing regulatory environment, we felt we needed to be more pro-active. Jennifer's broad expertise and networking within the industry will add tremendous strength to our program and keep us ahead of any changes."

Ms. Skidgel-Clarke earned a bachelor of science degree in fruit science from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. She also maintains a pest control adviser license and is a certified crop adviser.

Ms. Skidgel-Clarke is actively involved with many industry organizations. She is a past president and current board member of California Women for Agriculture, as well as a board member of the Monterey County Farm Bureau. She is also on the California Association of Pest Control Advisors, Monterey Bay Chapter, and is on the Grower-Shipper Association's pest management, water and food safety committees.