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U.S. Apple Association 2018-19 chairwoman Kaari Stannard passes the gavel to new board chairman Jeff Colombini. ( Courtesy U.S. Apple Association )

Jeff Colombini, a third-generation grower and owner of Lodi Farming Inc., Stockton, Calif., is the new chairman of the U.S. Apple Association.

He has been a board member of the association for three years, most recently as the vice-chairman. He is also chairman of the California Apple Commission, past chairman of the California Cherry Advisory Board and the Olive Oil Commission of California, of which he is the current secretary, according to a news release.

“Jeff always goes the extra mile to champion the apple industry, whether it’s by participating in a meeting at the White House or on Capitol Hill, speaking at a press event, or capturing video of himself advocating apple issues for social media,” Jim Bair, CEO and president of the U.S. Apple Association, said in the release. “We’re excited for the coming year with Jeff at the helm.”

Lodi Farming has 1,800 acres of apples, cherries, olives and walnuts.

Colombini began his one-year appointment as chairman of the apple association at its annual Crop Outlook & Marketing Conference, Aug. 22-23 in Chicago.

He succeeds Kaari Stannard, owner of New York Apple Sales Inc., Glenmont, N.Y.