California Strawberry Commission

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California Strawberry Commission
Agency overview
Headquarters180 Westridge Dr.,
Suite 101
Watsonville, California
Agency executive
  • Rick Tomlinson, President
Parent agencyCalifornia Department of Food and Agriculture (for growers) (for consumers)

The California Strawberry Commission, is a state-chartered agency of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.[1] Established by the California State Legislature in 1993, the commission replaced the California Strawberry Advisory Board.[2] The commission represents nearly 600 strawberry shippers, processors and growers within the state of California. The commission is not funded by tax payers but by self-taxation or assessments on California strawberry growers. The amount assessed is approved annually by the commission board of directors.[3][4] This assessment pays for the commission’s activities and projects.

The current president is Rick Tomlinson. He replaces Mark Murai, a third generation strawberry farmer from Orange County, California.[5]

Activities and projects[edit]

The California Strawberry Commission focuses activities and projects in:

  • Public Policy
  • Trade Relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Production and Nutrition Research
  • Grower Education and Outreach

Activities and projects are developed, approved and implemented under the authority of the commission’s board of directors.[2]

The CSC's predecessor organization, the Board, popularized the use of soil fumigation starting in 1967 and it has remained vital ever since.[6]


The California Strawberry Commission’s stated vision is to be “the unified voice for a healthy California strawberry industry.” Their mission is “to shape a favorable environment that allows stakeholders in the California strawberry industry the opportunity to succeed.”

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CA Codes (fac:77430-77447)". Archived from the original on 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  2. ^ a b "CSC - California Strawberry Commission". Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  3. ^ [1] Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "CA Codes (fac:77481-77488)". Archived from the original on 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  5. ^ "Strawberry group picks Murai for top position". Archived from the original on 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  6. ^ Zasada, Inga A.; Halbrendt, John M.; Kokalis-Burelle, Nancy; LaMondia, James; McKenry, Michael V.; Noling, Joe W. (2010). "Managing Nematodes Without Methyl Bromide". Annual Review of Phytopathology. Annual Reviews. 48: 311–328. doi:10.1146/annurev-phyto-073009-114425. PMID 20455696.

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