Marcy Martin to lead California citrus research group

Marcy Martin to lead California citrus research group

Marcy Martin is the new president of the Citrus Research Board, Visalia Calif., which administers the industry-funded California Citrus Research Program.

Martin has more than 25 years of experience at California commodity organizations, most recently as director of trade from the California Fresh Fruit Association as director of trade for 14 years, according to a news release.

Before that, she was controller of the California Apple Commission for 10 years.

In 2015, Tom Vilsack, then the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, appointed Martin to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee, which advises the agency on trade issues.

“Her extensive experience with commodity organizations and local, state and federal regulatory agencies will be a key ingredient to the success of (Citrus Research Board) projects and priorities,” board chairman Dan Dreyer said in the release. “She comes to the CRB with extensive knowledge of fresh tree fruit production and the agricultural use of plant protection products.”

Her new role begins Oct. 1. She succeeds Gary Schulz, who was the group’s president from 2015-18. Franco Bernardi has been interim president since mid-October.

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