Kate Tynan ( Courtesy Alliance for Food and Farming )

The Alliance for Food and Farming management board has appointed Kate Tynan, the vice president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, as new vice-chairwoman.

The board made the appointment at its annual meeting in January, when it approved 2019 projects, including a new website.

“Kate is just impressive and she will be a positive force in this leadership role,” Tim York, president of Markon Cooperative and the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) board chairman, said in a news release.

Tynan will serve on the AFF’s executive committee and continue participating on its communications committee.

The updated https://www.safefruitsandveggies.com/ will have a page for registered dietitians. The website includes studies on nutrition and produce safety, a residue calculator and safety standards for pesticides. The site is also the cornerstone of the AFF’s Safe Fruit and Veggies campaign.

Markon Cooperative also plans to coordinate the third “Facts, Not Fear” Produce Safety Tour, according to the release, which brings bloggers, nutrition communicators and media to California to visit farms and processing facilities to learn first-hand about the industry’s food safety measures.

Lisa Lochridge, the director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, was appointed to the AFF board, succeeding Mike Stuart, who is retiring as president of the Florida group.

Matt McInerney, executive vice president of Western Growers, who is also retiring, was recognized for his years of service to AFF. McInerney was on the group’s board for six years and helped launch Safe Fruits and Veggies, according to the release.

“The Board and especially the AFF staff will miss Matt and Mike so much. Their support, perspective, input and guidance have been integral to our successes,” York said in the release.