Knowledge Exchange

Industry Centers of Excellence

Specialty Crops

The Specialty Crops Center of Excellence focuses on the production, packaging, distribution, marketing and retailing of horticultural products. The group analyses both macro issues impacting the industry as a whole, as well as concerns specific to individual crops, including tree fruits and nuts, greenhouse and farm grown fruits and vegetables, grapes and vineyards.

Center of Excellence Members 
Sara Reid, VP/ Lead Relationship Manager and Center of Excellence Chair
Terry Barr, Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange (Ex Officio)
Elizabeth Dillinger, Senior Corporate Attorney
Jordan Hanson, Credit Officer
Stan Holmes, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Dan Malan, VP/Lead Relationship Manager
Dan Mattos, VP/Senior Relationship Manager
Natalya Rivkin, VP/Senior Relationship Manager
Catherine Roddick, VP/Senior Relationship Manager
Austin Taylor, Relationship Manager
Tanner Ehmke, Manager, Knowledge Exchange

Recent Specialty Crops Research Reports
Controlled Environment Agriculture: Farming for the Future?
Mind the (Supply) Gap: Meeting the Growing Demand for Organic Produce
Cranberry Industry: Multilayered and Multi-tiered
Florida’s Beleaguered Citrus Industry: At a Crossroads
Is the U.S. Tree Nut Industry Nearing the End of its Golden Run?
Genetically Engineered Foods - Scientific Miracles or Minefields?
California Almonds - A Stunning Success Story, But Is It Sustainable?
Colony Collapse Disorder: The Honey Bee Epidemic?
Peanut Butter Recall: A Case Study in Food Safety
Citrus Greening: Perspectives from Florida and California

If you would like to obtain a copy of any one of KED’s research reports, please either contact your CoBank relationship manager or send an e-mail to the Knowledge Exchange Division at


Third Party Link Disclaimer

You are now leaving This link is provided solely as a convenience to you. If you use this link, you will leave this site and our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. CoBank is not responsible for, and assumes no liability associated with, the practices employed by third party Web site owners.