Hilmar, Calif. dairy producer Chuck Ahlem has been named undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. That makes him second in command behind Secretary A.G. Kawamura.

“My work with environmental issues and food safety is going to be an asset,” said Ahlem to the Modesto Bee. "I'll be able to focus in those areas and still remain involved with ag."

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