Steve Pastor started Monday as the new executive director of the Imperial County Farm Bureau and Vegetable Growers Association.
He replaces Lauren Grizzle, who left the job to move with her family to San Diego County. Grizzle will stay on with the Farm Bureau and growers association as a consultant during the transition.
Pastor, 51, is a third-generation farmer who was active with the Farm Bureau elsewhere before coming to the Imperial Valley.
"We're very pleased about Steve coming on board," said John Hawk, president of the Imperial County Vegetable Growers Association. "He has a strong background in business, finance and agriculture."
Pastor sold his 300-acre herb and spice farm in San Jacinto in 1988 and took a job as a farm manager with Spice Islands based in Des Moines, Iowa. He later became a product manager with Spice Islands.