The California Walnut Board (CWB) and Commission (CWC) are pleased to welcome Joshua (Josh) Rahm as their new Director, Technical & Regulatory Affairs. Joshua comes to walnuts with a strong technical and regulatory background in domestic and international agribusiness. Prior to joining the Board and Commission, Joshua worked for Wonderful Citrus as a Director, Global Sourcing & Procurement. Previously, he worked for PepsiCo, in global procurement operations, agriculture and agronomy project management and food safety. Additionally, he spent several years with Syngenta and DuPont Pioneer (Corteva Agriscience). During his time with global leaders in agribusiness, Joshua worked closely with growers, manufacturing and supply chain, product management and marketing teams, as well as research and development and agronomics.
With a broad crop protection and crop commodity portfolio experience combined with a family farming background, he looks forward to adding further value to the industry. Joshua holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agronomy & Agribusiness from South Dakota State University.
“We are thrilled to welcome Joshua to the CWB/CWC team,” shared Michelle Connelly, Executive Director & CEO of the California Walnut Board and Commission. “With a broad crop protection and crop commodity portfolio across the domestic and international landscape, combined with a family farming background, Josh is an added value that will serve well to our grower and handler community.”
This is appointment comes at such a critical time in the industry, as the regulatory environment is ever-evolving and keeping California walnut growers abreast of the latest information is key to helping them to stay ahead of the curve. Josh will specifically be working to build and maintain positive, effective, and proactive relationships with state and federal regulatory agencies, provide strategic direction of the CWB/CWC Post-Harvest Research program, projects and initiatives, and provide regulatory stewardship and compliance leadership for the walnut industry, among other items. Pacific Nut Producer Magazine welcomes Rahm as a new friend and defender of the industry.