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Coleman Agriculture names new president

Coleman Agriculture, based in Gervais, OR, has hired David Henze as its new president. Henze comes to Coleman Ag with over 20 years of experience in the food and agriculture industry in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.leahstallingsphoto 2301-copy

Most recently, Henze was president of the Fourth Leaf Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA. Previous to​ Fourth Leaf he held leadership​ positions in sales and marketing for Idahoan Foods’ foodservice​ division and as general manager of Simmisco Foods — an avocado joint venture between Mission Produce and the JR Simplot Co.

One of the state’s largest hop growers, Coleman Agriculture manages over 8,000 acres of prime farmland in the Willamette Valley, cultivating some of the highest quality hops, hazelnuts, seed and vegetable crops in the region, and selling directly to brokers and commercial partners. Coleman is a sixth-generation family farm with progressive and efficient farming practices that include Salmon Safe certification and a recent and highly innovative Energy Trust of Oregon irrigation system upgrade.

“As our company searched for a new president, it was important to us that the person be able to further our dynamic and innovative approach to farming and stewardship in the Pacific Northwest,” said Melissa Coleman, board chairman of Coleman Agriculture. “David brings a strong background of team-building and a creative mindset that will help Coleman maintain our role as a market leader in hops, hazelnuts and our diverse crop base.”

Henze brings a strong educational background, with a bachelor degree in marketing from the University of Utah and an MBA with international emphasis from Wake Forest University. He and his wife will relocate from Yakima, WA.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Coleman Family. We have a long history of​ ​agricultural excellence and we intend to​ ​move to the next level as we grow great superior crops and​ ​create value for our partners”