The Specialty Crops Center of Excellence focuses on the production, packaging, distribution, marketing and retailing of horticultural products. The group analyses both macro issues impacting the industry as a whole, as well as concerns specific to individual crops, including tree fruits and nuts, greenhouse and farm grown fruits and vegetables, grapes and vineyards.
Center of Excellence Members
Sara Reid, VP/Credit Manager and Center of Excellence Chair
Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange (Ex Officio)
Elizabeth Dillinger, Senior Corporate Attorney
Stan Holmes, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Mike Lancaster, Relationship Manager
Dan Malan, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Joel Meyer, Vice President, Credit Approval
Chuck Olsen, Regional Vice President
Natalya Rivkin, VP/Senior Relationship Manager
Austin Taylor, Associate Relationship Manager
Christine Lensing, Senior Economist, Knowledge Exchange
Recent Specialty Crops Research Reports
Cranberry Industry: Multilayered and Multi-tiered
Florida’s Beleaguered Citrus Industry: At a Crossroads
Is the U.S. Tree Nut Industry Nearing the End of its Golden Run?
Genetically Engineered Foods - Scientific Miracles or Minefields?
California Almonds - A Stunning Success Story, But Is It Sustainable?
Colony Collapse Disorder: The Honey Bee Epidemic?
Peanut Butter Recall: A Case Study in Food Safety
Citrus Greening: Perspectives from Florida and California
If you would like to obtain a copy of any one of KED’s research reports, please either contact your CoBank relationship manager or send an e-mail to the Knowledge Exchange Division at KEDRESEARCH@CoBank.com