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Florida Citrus appoints new Executive Director

The Florida Citrus Commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to appoint industry veteran Shannon Shepp as executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus.

Since July, Shepp has served as interim executive director. Prior to that she held the position of deputy executive director and was responsible for overseeing administrative operations as well as nutrition, quality and economic research.

Prior to joining the Department in August 2013, Shepp served for 12 years with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Most recently, Shepp was the deputy commissioner of agriculture responsible for the divisions of Plant Industry, Fruit and Vegetables, Marketing and Development, Animal Industry, and Food Nutrition and Wellness. She also served as the director of the division of fruits and vegetables for six years.

Shepp previously worked as a public affairs manager at Florida Citrus Mutual and as a legislative assistant and government affairs director. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Florida.

Shepp is the first woman to lead the Florida Department of Citrus, which was formed in 1935.
 
For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit FloridaCitrus.org.

 

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