(April 7, 11:10 a.m.) Kevin Natz was named vice president of government affairs for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Washington, D.C.

Natz’s most recent position was senior adviser to the undersecretary of the Foreign Agricultural Service, a U.S. Department of Agriculture division. Before joining the USDA, he was director of trade policy for the U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C., as well as an economic analyst and researcher for agricultural sector studies for Sparks Companies Inc., a Memphis, Tenn.-based agricultural and commodity market research and consulting firm.

Natz succeeds Kam Quarles, who left in October to join Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association as vice president of government relations and legislative affairs, said Justin Darisse, communications director for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

After spending years as an engineer, James Bradley (Brad) Watson joined his father’s company, J.C. Watson Co., as operations manager. Watson represents his family’s fourth generation in the Parma, Idaho-based company.

Watson’s most recent position was as a mechanical engineer for Northrop Grumman Electromagnetic Systems Laboratory, San Jose, Calif. Before Northrop Grumman, he worked as a product engineer for Fabco Automotive Corp., Livermore, Calif.

Watson’s addition to the company allows his father, Jon Watson, to focus on customer development, with Brad Watson overseeing operational management, according to a news release.

Monica Del Cid is the newest agronomist at Bland Farms, Glennville, Ga.

Del Cid was formerly a grower for Metrolina Greenhouses, Huntersville, N.C., according to a news release.

Bland Farms hires and retains a new agronomist each year, according to the release.