The Vardaman-based Mississippi Sweet Potato Council has some extra expert assistance these days, said Benny Graves, executive secretary.
The help comes in the form of Steve Meyers, a new sweet potato specialist that the Mississippi State Extension service hired to transfer information from researchers to growers, Graves said.
Meyers, who had recently finished a doctoral degree at North Carolina State University, started with the extension service Jan. 1, Graves said.
Nash Produce names food safety chief
Doug White is the new food safety director with Nash Produce, based in Nashville, N.C.
White serves as a “kind of liaison” between Nash customers’ quality control staffs and the company “to make sure we meet all the latest issues in product traceback,” said Thomas Joyner, Nash’s president.
It’s one of Nash’s major focuses, Joyner said.
“On any food safety issue, we want to be on the front side, and we’re willing to work with the retailers,” he said. “When we see trends where we have to bring in different types of equipment, we have done so.”
White came to Nash in January. He previously was with Virginia-based Southern States Cooperative as a quality control supervisor.
Southern Produce names quality officer
Dennis Harrell is the new marketing and quality control officer at Southern Produce Distributors Inc. in Faison, N.C., said Stewart Precythe, president and chief executive officer.
Harrell, a Raleigh, N.C., native, joined Southern Produce Distributors’ sales desk in September 2011 and subsequently worked in marketing for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. His new duties at Southern Produce Distributors began March 1, Precythe said.
Also new at Southern is a steamable bag that holds four or five small sweet potatoes, Precythe said. The item will be available nationwide.
“We hope to sell maybe 5% of the crop like this,” Precythe said.