Commodity Liaison Committee

About the Commodity Liaison Committee

The IR-4 Commodity Liaison Committee (CLC) is a stakeholder group that provides guidance to the IR-4 Project on ways the organization can best serve specialty crop growers. Members are representatives of various commodity groups in the specialty crop industry. They also advocate for IR-4 to elected officials and decision makers.

The committee meets virtually every two months. They also meet annually in March at the joint PMC and CLC meeting, and in the fall at the Food Use Workshop.

Three women and nine men dressed in suits pose for a photo while standing on stairs inside a building
Members of the CLC gathered in Washington DC in March 2018. From the top, Laura Phelps, (l- r) Keith Pitts, Terry Humfeld, Lori Berger,Berry Tanner, Bob Simerly, Ron Williams, Armando Monterroso, Todd Scholz (current Chair of the CLC), Jill Calabro, Mike Aerts and Mike Bledsoe.

CLC Leadership

Todd Scholz (Chair)
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
2780 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, ID, 83843-4024
Phone: 208-882-3023
Cell: 208-596-5025

Keith Pitts (Vice Chair)
SVP – Sustainability and Regulatory Strategy
Bioceres Crop Solutions
Davis, CA 95628
Cell: 240-463-4357


CLC Members

Michael Aerts 
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
800 Trafalgar Court
Suite 200
Maitland, FL, 32751
Phone: 321-214-5200
Fax: 321-214-0210
Cell: 407-257-4694

Mark Arney 
National Watermelon Promotion Board
1321 Sundial Point
Winter Springs, FL, 32708
Phone: 407-917-8698
Fax: 407-917-8698

Chris Bardenhagen
Cherry Marketing Institute
12800 Escanaba Drive, Suite A
DeWitt, MI 48820
Phone: 231-866-1959

Michael Bledsoe 
Village Farms, L.P.
90 Colonial Center Parkway
Suite 100
Lake Mary, FL, 32746
Fax: 732-440-1303
Cell: 407-493-3933

Jennifer Clarke
California Leafy Greens Research Program
512 Pajaro Street
Salinas, CA, 93901
Phone: 831-424-3782

James R. Cranney 
California Citrus Quality Council
853 Lincoln Way, Suite 206
Auburn, CA, 95603
Phone: 530-885-1894
Fax: 530-885-1546

Alan DeYoung 
Van Drunen Farms
2692 N. State Rt. 1-17
Momence, IL, 60954
Phone: 815-592-2958
Fax: 815-472-3544

Maggie Elliot
Hops Growers of America/Washington Hops Commission
Liberty Building
32 N 3rd Street, Suite 408
Yakima, WA 98901

Bill Frantz
The Cranberry Institute
265 D South Meadow Road
Plymouth, MA, 02360
Phone: 508-866-1118
Fax: 774-843-5641

Ann E. George 
Hops Growers of America
U.S. Hop Industry Plant Protect Comm.
P.O. Box 2885
Yakima, WA, 98907
Phone: 509-453-4749
Fax: 509-457-8561
Cell: 509-930-2334

Michelle Grainger
NC SweetPotato Commission
700 E Parrish Drive, Suite C
Benson, North Carolina 27504
Phone: 919-894-1067
Cell: 919-414-0035

Bob Jones
The Chef’s Garden
Phone: 419-433-4947

Bob Kaldunski
Ginseng Board of Wisconsin
668 Maratech Ave.
Suite E
Marathon, WI 54448
Phone: 715-443-2444

Michael Martin
Horticulture Research Institute
2130 Stella Court
Columbus, OH, 43215
Phone: 202-789-8110

Armando Monterroso 
Brooks Tropicals, LLC
18400 SW 256 Street
Homestead, FL, 33090-0160
Phone: 305-247-3544
Cell: 786-255-0735

Kam Quarles
National Potato Council
1300 L Street, NW #910
Washington, DC, 20005
Phone: 202-741-9178

Amy Plato Roberts
Lallemand Plant Care
Phone: 208-788-0217

Rachel Roberts
American Mushroom Institute
1284 Gap Newport Pike
Suite 2
Avondale, PA, 19311
Phone: 610-268-7483

Steven Salisbury 
Mint Industry Research Council
P.O. Box 4059
Salem, OR, 97302-1059
Phone: 503-551-3747

Jonathan Sarager
Western Growers
1776 Eye Street NW, Suite 255
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone: 202-296-0191

Alan Schreiber 
Agriculture Development Group, Inc.
2621 Ringold Road
Eltopia, WA, 99330
Phone: 509-266-4348

Kevin Kudsk
National Onion Association
1002 S. Sundance Rd
Othello, WA 99344

Berry Tanner 
National Watermelon Association Rep (Alternative)
1130 Old Orangeburg Rd
Fairfax, SC, 29827
Phone: 912-424-9630

Dave Trinka 
MBG Marketing
P.O. Box 322
Grand Junction, MI, 49056
Phone: 269-434-6791
Fax: 269-434-6997

Amy Upton
Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
2149 Commons Parkway, Okemos MI 48864
Phone: 517-381-0437
Cell: 517-331-8896

Lee VanWychen
Weed Science Society of America
5720 Glenmullen Pl,
Alexandria, VA 22303
Phone: 202-746-4686

Herman Waguespack Jr.
American Sugar Cane League
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Phone: 985-448-3707
cell: 985-637-6585

Ryan Yates
American Farm Bureau Federation
600 Maryland Avenue
Suite 1000W
Washington, DC, 20024