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For Immediate Release: November 22, 2011
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 633-2954

(TRENTON) – Jeffery M. Beach of Mount Laurel was elected President of the Communications Officers of State Departments of Agriculture (COSDA) at the group’s annual meeting on October 19, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colo., succeeding that state’s Christi Lightcap.

The group, composed of communications professionals from the nation’s 50 state agriculture departments, works to foster more effective promotion of agriculture and the industry’s issues, as well as giving members a forum to address media coverage on agricultural issues that span state lines. It is an affiliate of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). 

Beach joined the New Jersey Department of Agriculture in 2004 as a public information officer and has since added roles as policy advisor and emergency management coordinator.

He previously served as a public information officer for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, from 1999-2004, and before that was a reporter for various newspapers in Philadelphia and South Jersey, as well as co-host of Mayors Forum, a biweekly cable public affairs program.