Looking Back at the China Trade and Investment Mission

Sacramento, California - 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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