Apr 7, 2007
The Vegetable Growers News Introduces Editorial Board

In our ongoing effort to improve the coverage in The Vegetable Growers News, we have established an editorial advisory board. The board will serve as our eyes and ears in the different growing regions of the country. Board members were selected based on their commitment and involvement in the vegetable industry. Though we could not include every person who has played an important role in the industry, we feel the board is a good representation of the industry at large.

Please join us in welcoming the members of The Vegetable Growers News’ new editorial advisory board:

Dr. William James Lamont Jr.

Lamont is a professor and Extension vegetable crops specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. He holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Economics and Business from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., and the other in Horticulture from Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pa. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Department of Vegetable Crops, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Jane Eckert

The founder of Eckert AgriMarketing, a full-service marketing and consulting firm, Eckert has become a recognized national expert, helping thousands of tourism professionals and farmers grow their profits through agritourism. Raised on her family’s apple farm, she pursued an executive career in corporate marketing on the west coast for more than 15 years, and then returned to her roots as vice president of marketing for Eckert’s Country Store and Farms, Belleville, Ill., which now attracts more than 500,000 guests annually. Today, she consults with state travel divisions, agriculture departments, farms, ranches and wineries throughout the nation, teaching them effective marketing techniques.

Frank (Hank) Scott

Scott is president of Long & Scott Farms in Zellwood, Fla. On the farm, he grows cucumbers for pickling, cabbage, parsley and turf grass. The farm has been growing vegetables in central Florida since 1963 and is in its fourth year of running a farm market and maze.

Kevin Hosey

Hosey has worked in agriculture for more than 20 years. He is a former reporter for the Tennessean in Nashville and also was an agricultural marketing specialist for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. He is a former board member of the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association.

Sharon Hughes

Hughes is executive vice president for the National Council of Agricultural Employers. She has been with the council since 1989, where she represents employers on agricultural labor issues at the federal level in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. She has testified before Congress and regulatory agencies and has participated on advisory committees for the Department of Labor and EPA. Currently, Hughes is working with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety on recommendations to improve safety and health in agriculture for adolescent farmworkers.

Trever Meachum

Meachum is the production manager of High Acres Fruit Farm in Hartford, Mich. The farm grows strawberries, peppers, grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, corn, soybeans and wheat. In addition, there are plums, apples, grapes, nectarines and tart cherries.

We’re always looking for more input from all areas of the United States. If you are interested in serving on our editorial advisory board in the future, please e-mail Kimberly Warren at [email protected] or call me at (616) 887-9008, ext. 110.

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