Annie AcMoody, an agricultural economist for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has been named as Western United Dairymen’s Director of Economic Analysis. She replaces Tiffany LaMendola who is leaving WUD to work for the dairy market research and consulting firms of Blimling Associates Inc. and Roger W. Blimling, Inc. effective June 14.

“We are pleased to have an ag economist of Annie’s professionalism and knowledge join our team,” said CEO Michael Marsh. “She has earned high marks for her grasp of the difficult pricing issues that face the California dairy industry. She will be able to hit the ground running while working for our members on the many complex economic issues they face.”

She has worked at CDFA since 2007. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Management from Universite Laval, Quebec, and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. She also studied economics at the University of London. “I am extremely excited to join Western United Dairymen and I look forward to serving the dairy families of California in my new role,” said Annie. “I believe my knowledge of the California milk pricing system through my position as a state economist will allow me to help carry out my new position and support producers in these challenging economic times.”

Tiffany had high praise for Annie. "It has been a pleasure to work with Annie in her role at CDFA,” said Tiffany. “She will bring a great deal of industry knowledge, strong analytical skills, and enthusiasm to Western United Dairymen. I am certain our members, staff, and industry stakeholders will greatly enjoy working with her."