Pistachio Commission Election Results

Kevin Herman, a third-generation Madera grower re-elected Chair.

Published on: Aug 25, 2006

The California Pistachio Commission, Fresno has unanimously re-elected Kevin Herman, a pistachio grower from Madera, to serve as CPC chairman.

Herman, a third-generation farmer, has been growing pistachios since 1985 and currently manages over 2,000 acres. He also owns the Specialty Crop Company, a farm management company.

In District I (Kern, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Tulare Counties), recently re-elected commissioners are Ron Clark (Clarklind Farms) and Chuck Nichols (Nichols Farms) with Mr. Clark’s alternate, Bill Phillimore (Paramount Farming Company).

In District II (Fresno, Kings, Madera and Merced Counties), Kevin Herman (Specialty Crop Company) was re-elected commissioner with alternate Jeff Curry (Jeff Curry & Associates).

In District III (Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Inyo, Placer, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama and Yolo Counties), the recently re-elected commissioner is Dan Hutfless (Ord Bend Farms).

Continuing their 2005-07 terms on the CPC for District I are commissioners Ali Amin (Primex International Trading) and Jeff Gibbons (Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella) with Mr. Amin’s alternate, Richard Sandrini (R.B. Sandrini Farms), and Mr. Gibbons’ alternate, Jeff Yurosek (Yurosek Farms).

District II continuing commissioners are Bob Keenan (Keenan Farms) and David Sborov (Golden West Farming Cooperative), with Mr. Sborov’s alternate, Tom Coleman (Coleman Farming Company).

The election resulted in three vacant alternate commissioner positions. Randy Raber (Nichols Farms) was appointed alternate to Mr. Nichols, whereas Ron Frye (Cosecha Farms) was appointed alternate to Mr. Keenan, and Don Parisio (Parisio Brothers) was appointed alternate to Mr. Hutfless.

In related news, Claudia Sersland was recently re-appointed as the CPC’s public member with William Rice appointed alternate to Sersland.

The 2005 crop reached 282 million pounds. Harvest is slated to begin in September.