Industry News

Director of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Resigns

Director Richard Whitman resigned from DEQ on September 20, 2022, with an effective date of September 21. He had announced in June that he would be retiring at the end of the year and the search for a new director had already begun. Deputy Director Leah Feldon will serve as acting director until the Environmental Quality Council officially appoints and acting director at its meeting on September 23. Whitman has served as DEQ director since February 2017.


Scenic Fruit Acquires RainSweet

Recently Food Northwest member, Scenic Fruit announced its acquisition of RainSweet.
Read full press release here


Food Northwest Announces New Lobbyist

DCFood Northwest is very excited to announce that we have retained the services of Diana Carlen, V.P. and Partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs. Diana will begin immediately. She takes over from long time Food Northwest lobbyist Dan Coyne who retired in June.

Diana has extensive legislative experience in Washington, both as a lobbyist and as the staff attorney for House Republican Caucus. She is well respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Olympia and has a track record of working well with both parties.

Diana's portfolio of clients includes a number of Public Utility Districts as well as the Washington Potato Commission and the Washington Wheat Commission.


Food Northwest President Dave Dillon Featured in Capital Press

DDBeginning August 1st, Food Northwest welcomed new president Dave Dillon to our team. Shortly after Dave began his new role with Food Northwest he was featured in the Capital Press. In the article Dave reflects on his 20 years at the Oregon Farm Bureau and his future leading Food Northwest. Read More…

White House to Host Conference in September on Food

In September 2022, date TBD, the White House will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. Richard Nixon held the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health in 1969, which was a decisive event has shaped food policy over the past 50 years. The goal of this year’s Conference is to drive change to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce diet-related disease; improve food access and affordability; and to launch a national plan to achieve the goal. Six regional listening sessions to gather input from stakeholders were held in June 2022. A report on the sessions will be submitted to the White House. Read more…
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