Fresh Produce Association of The Americas
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USDA Names New PACA Director

 USDA Names New PACA Director
By Tom Karst December 15, 2015 | 1:56 pm EST

Judy Rudman
Bringing a background of working with industry leaders on the tomato suspension agreement with Mexican growers, Commerce Department veteran Judy Rudman has been appointed director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture\'s Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act division.

Karla Whalen, who led the division since 2011, has taken another position within USDA\'s Agricultural Marketing Service as associate deputy administrator for AMS\'s Transportation and Marketing Program, according to Maribel Reyna, public affairs officer for USDA.

In an announcement on the USDA website, Chuck Parrott, deputy administrator of the AMS, said Rudman\'s first day was Dec. 14.

\"She brings diverse expertise in trade and compliance to support our mission of ensuring fair trade in the produce industry,\" Parrott said in the announcement, noting that Rudman had been the director for bilateral agreements in enforcement and compliance\'s Office of Policy at the Department of Commerce. She was responsible for administering all aspects of antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) suspension agreements, Parrott said.

Rudman brings an understanding of the produce business and has experience with investigations, Reggie Brown, manager of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Committee and executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange, said. \"She is first-class,\" he said.

Fred Webber, chief executive officer and president of the Ottawa, Ontario-based Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corp., said Rudman is personable and friendly and will also benefit from an experienced PACA staff around her as she comes into the position.

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