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Dec 13, 2016 Dateline Staff
Dean Dillard gains new term on California State Board of Food and Agriculture.

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Dean Helene Dillard visits nutrition students at their booth at the UC Davis Farmers Market. (Jason Spyres/UC Davis)
Gov. Jerry Brown last week reappointed Dean Helene Dillard to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Dillard, a UC Davis alumna, has led the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2014.

Brown appointed her to the food and agriculture board in 2015; her new term runs until January 2020. The 15-member panel, representing a broad spectrum of California agriculture, serves in an advisory capacity to the governor and the secretary of the state Department of Food and Agriculture.

Dillard, a plant disease expert, had a 30-year career at Cornell University (professor, associate dean and head of Cooperative Extension) before returning to UC Davis, where she earned a master’s degree in soil science in 1979 and a Ph.D. in plant pathology in 1984. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley.

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